I’m really excited to interview Peggy Cleveland of Peggy, Where Should I Go? about Tacoma, Washington. Peggy’s tips for the best things to do in Tacoma are awesome because she moved to Tacoma with her husband as part of the military, and they decided to retire here to enjoy all of the gorgeous natural beauty of the area.

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Brick arches of the Washington State History Museum. Photo courtesy of Travel Tacoma.

Tacoma, Washington

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Travel Tacoma, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Tacoma Washington - Peggy Cleveland - Museum of Glass
Museum of Glass

Getting around Tacoma

The local airport is Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which is a 35-minute drive to Tacoma.

Peggy recommends renting a car when you visit Tacoma. While you can get by with a bus (Seatac Express 574) or rideshare from the airport, you’ll need a car if you want to visit Mt. Rainier National Park and some of the other local attractions. Check the latest deals from Avis, Budget, and Hertz, for the best rental car offers.

The free Tacoma Link Light Rail is a good option for staying within the city core. Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to get around.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Tacoma Washington - Peggy Cleveland - Collector cars by LeMay America's Care Museum courtesy of Travel Tacoma
Collector cars by LeMay America’s Care Museum. Photo courtesy of Travel Tacoma.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Peggy Cleveland about Tacoma, Washington. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Tacoma, Washington
  • Green dots = best things to do in Tacoma, Washington
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Tacoma, Washington

Who is Peggy Cleveland?

Peggy is an experienced writer who specializes in travel and human interest stories. A trip across the country in a Pontiac station wagon at age nine sparked her lifelong love of travel. A passion for travel has taken her to 49 states, Europe, the Caribbean, South Korea, and Australia. She loves to share tips from my almost 50 years of touring and write about topics such as cruises, road trips, couple getaways, and trips with your favorite gal pals.

She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, one of the country’s most beautiful areas. Her work can be found in Northwest Travel and Life Magazine, 253 Lifestyle Magazine, and other regional print publications. She also writes for Travel Awaits an online travel website for the over 50 travel audience. Peggy’s book “100 Things to Do in Tacoma Before You Die” by Reedy Press is available on Amazon, and you can support Peggy and this show by using our affiliate link to buy it. She also co-authored “The Tsar’s Masquerade”, a novel under the penname Raphael Mercikovsky, that is available on Amazon (affiliate link).

Her experiences as a military brat, service in the Army, and time as a military spouse added up to 33 moves. She and her husband chose Steilacoom, a small town near Tacoma as their forever home.

Best things to do in Tacoma Washington - Peggy Cleveland at Point Defiance
Peggy Cleveland at Point Defiance.

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Peggy on her website and on Facebook or Instagram.

Best things to do in Tacoma Washington - Peggy Cleveland - Old growth forest Point Defiance
Old growth forest at Point Defiance.

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Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Hot Springs Arkansas - Cassidy KendallListen to the next episode when Cassidy Kendall, a journalist for The Hot Springs Post, shares the best things to do in Hot Springs, AR. In this episode, Cassidy and I talk about relaxing in the thermal baths, water gun fights at the Running of the Tubs, and exploring the Mid America Science Museum. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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