Tacoma travel planner

Steven R. Lorton

ATTRACTIONS
Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art. Public parking under museum. Closed Mon. 1801 E. Dock St.; (866) 468-7386 or www.museumofglass.org

University of Washington, Tacoma. Campus is open for walking all hours; building hours vary. 1900 Pacific Ave.; (253) 692-4000 or www.tacoma.washington.edu

U.S. Federal Courthouse. Nine installations of Chihuly glass. You must show identification to enter the building. Mon-Fri 8-5. 1717 Pacific Ave. (in Union Station); (253) 572-9310.

Washington State History Museum. Closed Mon. 1911 Pacific Ave.; (888) 238-4373 or www.wshs.org

DINING
Harmon Brewery & Restaurant. Good burgers and beers in a boisterous atmosphere. 1938 Pacific Ave.; (253) 383-2739.

The Melting Pot. Fondue is back, and it's never been better. 2121 Pacific Ave., (253) 535-3939 or www.meltingpotnw.com

Stanley & Seafort's. Great views out and over the city to Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Excellent steak and fresh seafood, and outrageous desserts. 115 E. 34th St., (253) 473-7300.

LODGING
La Quinta Inn & Conference Center. Close to the Tacoma Dome. From $80. 1425 E. 27th St.; (253) 383-0146 or www.laquinta.com

Sheraton Tacoma Hotel. In the heart of downtown. From $99. 1320 Broadway Plaza; (253) 572-3200 or www.sheratontacoma.com

Silver Cloud Inn-Tacoma. Opened in March 2002. All rooms have views of the water. From $119. 2317 N. Ruston Way; (253) 272-1300 or www.silvercloud.com