Best Time to Visit Tacoma, WA
Situated in the Pacific Northwest, the state is known for gray skies and a lot of rain. The sunniest months to visit are July and August when daytime temperatures are hot and the nights are cool. Considered to be the high season, summer brings many visitors and increased rates for accommodations.
During the fall months of September and into October, the weather is relatively clear but temperatures take a significant drop the latter part of October and into November. October is also the beginning of rainy season which is generally light. The winter months, rain showers and all, is the prime time for snowfall and winter skiers.
As the state heads into spring, while temperatures warm up, cool breezes have an impact and the rainy season continues until July.
In you're planning a trip to Tacoma, pack accordingly to accommodate the seasonal temperatures. Overall, Tacoma has over 140 days of sunshine and over 145 days of rain during the year. During the summer, the high temperatures average 76 degrees and in the winter, the low temperature averages 37 degrees. While other cities experience high humidity, Tacoma's comfort index regarding humidity is well over the U.S. average which makes the city a pleasant destination.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Tacoma, WA:
Tacoma, WA: Prices by Star Rating Class
Below we've posted 3 graphs illustrating avg. price patterns by star rating class in Tacoma, WA. Browse these line graphs to evaluate the best time period to make a reservation in Tacoma for your upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotels in Tacoma, WA
4 Star Average Prices: $221.06
The upscale Courtyard Tacoma Downtown is within easy access to the theater and financial districts. Rooms and suites are spacious and combine function with comfort. Accommodations feature luxury bedding, flat-screen TV, microwave, refrigerator, desk and ergonomic chair, well placed lighting, and wired and wireless high-speed internet. When it's time to relax, schedule an in-suite massage or an appointment at Pacific Avenue Salon and Spa. Take a refreshing dip in the indoor pool, or work out on elliptical and cardiovascular equipment in the fitness room. For a casual bite at breakfast or dinner, The Bistro has pleasing food and cocktail menus.
For travelers with an itinerary that includes an event at the Tacoma Dome the Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel is the ideal choice in accommodations. The hotel is located next door to the dome arena and the LINK Light Rail station for fast access to dome events and downtown attractions. Best Western is known for its well-appointed rooms with modern amenities which include the convenience of an in-room microwave and refrigerator. Guests enjoy several free amenities which include a deluxe breakfast, high-speed Wi-Fi, shuttle service, and underground parking. The pet-friendly hotel offers a tasty menu and casual dining at the Seasons Restaurant.
Affordable Hotels in Tacoma, WA
3 Star Average Prices: $125.28
When visiting the Puget Sound area, Days Inn Tacoma has comfortable accommodations and a convenient location just minutes away from downtown and Tacoma Mall. Enjoy the comforts of home in your room equipped with a microwave and refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi keeps you connected and the 24-hour fitness center keeps you on your toes. For more entertainment, take a refreshing dip in the pool or challenge your skills in the video game room. Start each morning with the complimentary Daybreak continental breakfast to fuel your energy for a day of business or pleasure. Days Inn Tacoma is a non-smoking hotel and pet-friendly.
Shilo Inn & Suites Tacoma fit the needs for both business and leisure guests. Conveniently located near Interstate 5, guests have quick access to area attractions, the Tacoma Dome, and the Convention Center via the Tacoma LINK light rail system connecting downtown from one end to the other. The dog-friendly hotel is smoke free and offers comfortable rooms featuring a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker, for those on-the-go. Additional amenities include a guest laundry, business center, high-speed internet, meeting room, and executive board room. Start each morning with a complimentary breakfast, then relax in the pool, sauna, or spa.
2 Star Average Prices: $83.02
Tacoma, WA Hotels with Discounts
Extended Stay America ensures your stay is the best it can be in the comfort of a studio suite. Have the conveniences of home at your fingertips with a fully equipped kitchen and flat-screen TV. The non-smoking hotel is well-designed with modern, eye appealing decor and accessories. Included in your stay is a delicious grab-and-go breakfast. If you're traveling with a pet, it's not a problem with pet-friendly rooms available. More amenities on the list include wireless internet in every room and a 24-hour coin-operated laundry. Pool, hot tub, fitness center, and free shuttle is available at select hotels. The hotel has a group friendly rating of 8.8/10 and an average of 30.9 percent in group savings.
La Quinta Inn & Suites has 155 rooms of total comfort. Sleep the night away on a plush pillowtop bed, watch the flat-screen TV with HD programming, or take care of business at the work desk. Each room includes the convenience of a microwave, coffee maker, and mini refrigerator, and guests enjoy a complimentary Bright Side Breakfast each morning. If traveling on business, La Quinta provides a business center, meeting facilities, free local calls, and free parking. Guests also have access to free high-speed wireless internet, a fitness center, and a sparkling outdoor swimming pool. The hotel has a group rating of 10.0/10 and averages 11 percent in group savings.
Best Value Options in Tacoma, WA
Hotel Murano is an inspiration from the moment you walk through the door. Located downtown near the Tacoma Convention Center, experience luxury and comfort in one of the well-appointed boutique accommodations. Spacious standard, deluxe king and double rooms, and suites are decorated with modern furnishings and accessories, pillowtop mattresses, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, plush robes, and an in-room safe. Guests enjoy the convenience of a 24-hour business center, fitness room, and around-the-clock room service. Pet-friendly rooms are available. Relax in the sanctuary of the Savi Day Spa, Salon Miro, and dine or order creative cocktails at BITE.
Holiday Inn Express in downtown Tacoma has just what a business or leisure traveler needs from king and queen suites to pet-friendly double queen guest rooms. Guests can slumber away in new bedding or enjoy flat-screen TV from the comfort of a lounge chair and ottoman, desk, or sofa bed. Spacious rooms decorated in warm colors and modern furniture, refrigerator, and microwave add a touch of home to every stay. For meetings, special events, reunions, and group events, Holiday Inn Express can help with planning from start to finish. The hotel is approximately 30 minutes from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Things to Do in Tacoma, WA
Glass plays a pivotal role in Tacoma's culture, as seen at the many locations in the Tacoma Museum District. Starting with the Museum of Glass, the guided Chihuly Walking Tour takes you on a scenic tour of Dale Chihuly's art located in downtown.
A stunning piece of architecture and art created by Arthur Andersson and Dale Chihuly is the Bridge of Glass. The 500-foot pedestrian walkway connects downtown Tacoma and the Museum of Glass and features three richly detailed installations of creative art work: the Seafoam Pavilion, Crystal Towers, and the Venetian Wall.
At the Tacoma Art Museum, impressive displays, exhibits, and art collections of landscapes, western American art, sculptures, leather working, work by Chihuly, and more, offer an interesting day of visual delights.
Washington State History Museum takes visitors step by step through history with displays of artifacts, videos, interactive displays, dioramas, and information about the Native Americans who inhabited the area and their culture.
The LeMay - America's Car Museum features a collection of 350 automobiles dating as far back as 1903. The museum has multiple exhibits covering race cars, hot rods, and British models from manufacturer's such as Austin-Healey, Lotus, and Jaguar.
Military buffs won't want to miss the Ft. Lewis Military Museum housed in a historic building from the WW I era featuring collections of military weaponry, memorabilia, and uniforms. At Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, actors bring the past to life with demonstrations and re-enactments.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium features amazing wildlife above water and below. See sharks and walruses, polar bears and leopards. Everyone will enjoy getting up close to the inhabitants at one of the scheduled presentations.
For more outdoor recreation, tee off on the immaculate greens at the public Chambers Bay Golf Course situated along Puget Sound. For hiking and exploring more greenery and beautiful landscapes, enjoy an excursion to Mt. Rainier National Park located about an hour and a half from Tacoma.
Tacoma opens the door to an interesting destination location with its long history on display in its many museums, distinctive architecture, access to one of the most beautiful national parks, and a variety of things to keep visitors busy throughout the year.
Verified reviews of the city of Tacoma
Below are reviews of the city of Tacoma, WA from an actual visitor's perspective.
Score 4.0 / 5
The city is a great place to visit. There are museums of all kind (art, history, glass), great zoo and aquarium and the dining variety. Yes, visit Seattle but Tacoma has its own culture which is worth exploring.
"Restaurants Near The Hotel"
Score 5.0 / 5
They had plenty of good restaurants near the hotel.
"Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium"
Score 4.0 / 5
The Zoo and Aquarium was a highlight.
"A shoppers dream!"
Score 5.0 / 5
Lots of shopping stores and they were open until later to shop without the crowds.
"LeMay-America's Car Museum"
Score 4.0 / 5
LeMay auto museum was great!
"Wild Waves Theme Park"
Score 5.0 / 5
Stadium High School and the view from there was notable. After checking out of our hotel we went to Wild Waves; what a great day it was for a day at the water park.
The average traveler rating of the city of Tacoma, WA shown above is 4.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews