Though less than three years old, Lemay is one of the world’s largest auto museums. The massive building, next to the Tacoma Dome, is home to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners and the LeMay collection (famous for a Guinness Book world record 3,500 vehicles in the 1990s). Aimed at preserving the history of the world automotive culture, this museum is quite a trip.
Originally opened in 1986, the museum moved to a specially designed modern space downtown in 2012. The five main areas include Woods, Water, Voyager, Invention and a studio for art and science activities. A full service coffee and snack bar sets a relaxed tone for parents too.
After your museum morning, grab some lunch at one of these nearby local restaurants:
Located inside the Museum of Glass, this little division of Asado restaurant also features Argentinian cuisine. Try the braised pork or the empanadas.
Walk outside the Museum of Glass and turn left, past Martin Blank’s “Fluent Steps” fountain, for a spectacular view and outdoor seating. Local fare includes Hood Canal fried oysters, grilled pork tacos and a BBQ brisket sandwich.
Just a short walk back over the Bridge of Glass to Pacific Avenue, Indochine offers stylish Asian fusion style fare. Try the pepper garlic prawns and potstickers.
In the afternoon, switch gears and work off that lunch while experiencing the natural beauty of Tacoma. In the warmer months, water lovers can test their sea legs on a paddleboard or kayak, available to rent by the hour from Foss Harbor Marina
, 821 Dock Street (253.272.4404) or Dolan’s Board Sports
, 2000 Ruston Way (253.878.8024). Land lovers any time of year can get a first-hand view of Chambers Bay golf course, the site of the 2015 US Open, on a two and a quarter mile walk with some serious hills and dramatic views. This paved trail loops around the course and down by the beach at Chambers Creek Regional Park. Start on the Grandview Trail
above the course (6320 Grandview Drive, University Place) and, after a steep climb back up, treat yourself to refreshments at the Chambers Bay Grill