Days Inn Tacoma Mall
6802 Tacoma Mall Boulevard, Tacoma, Washington, 98409, United States
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View from Chambers Bay Grill deck is Wonderful
Bench at Titlow Park with Puget Sound
huge industrial remains in Central Meadow
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Travel Tips for Tacoma
University of Puget Sound
This was the location of my professional conference - the modern well-equipped campus of a small private university in Tacoma. UPS has a good regional reputation as an undergraduate institution, and some very good professional programs as well.
Looking around the campus I couldn't help but feel a little envious. Places like this cost real money to build - and maintain.
Extending south from the Museum of Glass to the end of the Thea Foss Waterway, and thereby serving as a waterfront connector between the Museum of Glass, the 11th Street Bridge, and the Freighthouse Square shopping mall, is this very recent addition to the Tacoma waterfront.
The park includes public parking directly under the East 21st Street Bridge, open grass and benches, and a number of minor decorations.
The restrooms in the park are closed and locked in winter. The nearest public restrooms that are open all year are the ones inside the Freighthouse Square shopping center.
The park does suffer from a bit of traffic noise due to the busy streets and several highways nearby, but not to an intolerable amount.
Tacoma Union Station: Glass Artwork Compliments
When Interstate 705 was built along the east side of Tacoma's business district, Tacoma Union Station was separated from the railroad line, and thus the station could no longer serve the needs of moving people by train. As train travel had severely diminished anyway, the thought was that all the needs could be handled by a small brick shack of a station on the north side of Tacoma's industrial area.
After the train traffic moved out, Tacoma Union Station became several different things, including the main waiting room and office building being converted to a federal courthouse.
The vast majority of the courthouse is closed to the public, but the main entryway of the courthouse is open to the public, and contains several large glass artworks by Dale Chihuly, who is a famous glass artist and a Tacoma native (though he currently lives near Seattle's Lake Union). Photography is allowed in the main courthouse entryway, but you must go through security and prove your identity in order to get inside. It is also forbidden to take photographs of the guards or security procedures.
In many cases, modern artworks added to classical buildings (and take note that Tacoma Union Station is a wonderful example of classical artwork in and of itself) do not really work that well together. However, in the case of Tacoma Union Station (now the Federal Courthouse) I find that the artworks really compliment the classical station and its grand windows.
The artist's statement is on the web site below, and please explore that web site to see more of the wonderful photographs and samples of his artwork.
How To Get Here:
The station is right next to downtown Tacoma, and is served by a number of regional bus routes, including SoundTransit express buses from Seattle and almost any Pierce Transit bus route that goes to downtown Tacoma. The Tacoma LINK streetcar also goes right past the station. Sadly, long distance trains no longer stop anywhere near the station, but instead at the brick shack of a station constructed in an industrial area east of Freighthouse Square. There are scattered parking areas around the building, but your best bet is probably to park in the Tacoma Dome Station operated by SoundTransit and use the Tacoma LINK streetcar to get here.
Chambers Bay: Central Meadow
This is part of the series of tips about Pierce County's Chambers Bay Facility, which contains a huge number of different features. My main tourist tip about this facility is located at
and there are links from there to the various tips that discuss the sub-pieces of this wonderful park, golf course, trail, beach, and educational facility.
The Central Meadow of the Chambers Bay Properties park is almost entirely open grass for enjoying whatever you want to enjoy doing in open grass. On a good day this could mean picnicing, or maybe kite flying (the winds here are fairly decent most of the time), or even any of a number of games.
The meadow is an open invitation to just get out and enjoy the outdoors.
The huge pillared structure at the west end of the meadow was once part of the support structure for the conveyor belt system for the gravel pit. It has been preserved as part of the regional history of the park, and makes for an interesting conversation piece (albeit a very very huge one).
How to Get Here: Please see my general Chambers Bay tip, which is located at
as it is somewhat complicated.
Geat View of the Sunsets
I have not eaten here yet, but I can tell you that they have a deck that overlooks Puget Sound in spectacular fashion, and one day maybe I will get a chance to eat here.
The only obstacle between the desk and the spectacular view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains is the paved Grandview Trail, running along the edge of the hill on which the restaurant sits. So long as you don't mind sharing your view with those who are not eating (and there is no reason why you should, as there is pleanty to see for everyone) there is no problem there.
The web site for the restaurant is mixed in with that of the golf course, making it somewhat hard to trust the web site URL given below. If it doesn't work, go to
and select the item at the top of the page labelled "Dining and Events". The restaurant does close from time to time for special events, so it would be good to check to make sure that it is, in fact, open on the day you want to visit.
There are some interesting review of this restaurant, including that from the News Tribune in August of 2010:
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Days Inn Tacoma Mall
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Address: 6802 Tacoma Mall Boulevard, Tacoma, Washington, 98409, United States