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Visit Tacoma. Seriously!

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Tacoma's Stadium High School, as seen in 1999 movie 10 Things I Hate About You.

Tacoma’s a nice place. Who knew?

There’s a decent boardwalk for bikes and pedestrians, with lots of fishing piers and waterfront pubs and restaurants. Downtown is a mix of reclaimed warehouses converted into coffee shops, pubs and funky little fashion outlets. It feels a bit like Seattle in miniature. There’s a pedestrian bridge to Tacoma’s glass museum featuring two glass trees created by Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is to glass blowing what Frank Lloyd Wright is to architecture. Ryan thought the random glass foliage was actually plastic bags, but then he was looking from a distance and hadn’t eaten in 20 minutes.

Dale Chihuly's glass trees on the bridge to Tacoma's glass museum. They can look like plastic bags from a distance.

Best of all, for fans of 1999 movie 10 Things I hate About You, Tacoma is home to Stadium High School, one of the most impressive-looking schools in all of North America. All brick turrets and Gothic spires, Stadium High School stands on a bluff over looking Tacoma and towers over a steep-sided stadium. Ryan and I tried to get in to kick a ball around, but it was all locked up. 10 Things I hate About You features Claire Danes and Heath Ledger (RIP) and was based on Shakespeare’s Taming of The Shrew.

Our accommodation beside the I5 freeway at the La Quinta Inn and Suites would not be noteworthy, but for the fact that it was full of middle-aged rockers wearing wigs and spandex. The lobby looked like a Richard Simmons video gone horribly wrong. Turns out Motley Crue were playing the Tacoma Dome half a mile away. Vince Neil must have worn them out because they were a lot quieter coming back than going out.

Written by nevjudd

August 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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  1. Julia Stiles, not Claire Danes. Tut. And it’s the most amazing movie ever!


    October 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    • My disappointment at getting this wrong is exceeded only by my happiness that someone actually read this. Thank you Meg. (I always get Stains and Diles mixed up!)


      November 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm

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