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Love cars? Then America’s Car Museum is definitely a must-see on your next trip to Tacoma. Specially designed to both preserve and celebrate American automotive culture and heritage, the ACM facility (which includes a 165,000-sq.-ft. museum and 3.5-acre show field) is home to at least 350 cars, trucks, and motorcycles donated from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection. Founders Harold and Nancy LeMay helmed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, other vehicles, and related memorabilia in the world, with over 3,000 vehicles and thousands of artifacts at the collection’s peak. Here's a look at some of the exhibits that are currently being shown at the ACM.

American Muscle: Rivals To The End 

This exhibition features a number of coveted cars from this era, including a 1969 427 Yenko Camaro, 1969 Dodge Super Bee, and a 1970 Buick GSX. As the strong manufacturing economy of the 1960s fuelled a growing want for roaring V8s, a muscle car war divided fans among which brands they felt produced the ultimate muscle. Fan-focused automakers created brand loyalists in the pre-1973 oil embargo era, before skyrocketing oil prices brought engine size and horsepower figures screeching to a halt. American Muscle: Rivals To The End displays 20 cars, all of which have a unique place in American motor history. Regardless if you are a Chevy, Chrysler, or Ford fan, this unique display will take you back in time. 

Ford F-Series: The Truck That Grew Up With America

This exhibit looks back at the 67-year history of the best-selling pickup truck as it grew from an agricultural tool into today’s luxury vehicle. The display is highlighted by era: the beginning, from 1948 through the 1950s; the 1960s through part of the 1990s, which marked a period of cultural change; and the late-1990s to today, when the border between work trucks and the luxury vehicles became blurry. The exhibit concludes with the most recent model, the 2015 Ford F-150, which is the first full-size pickup to use a lightweight aluminum body instead of steel.

If you’re driving through the Puyallup-Tacoma area, be sure to pull in to the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel. Our full-service hotel offers a wide variety of rooms and suites, including pet-friendly ones, as well as luxurious amenities like complimentary hot breakfast, a heated indoor pool, and fabulous on-site dining.

Inspired by the hit TV show Wipeout, get ready to cringe, laugh and cheer for the crazy contestants who signed up for the WipeoutRun 5K course this year at the Washington State Fair Grounds right here in Puyallup.

With obstacles named Foam of Fury, Dope on a Rope, Tumble Tubes and Wrecking Balls to name just a few, this event is going to be a blast to watch live. The crazy race happens July 18 at 4 p.m.

Food Truck Fest: July 19

After watching people get pummeled, pounded and soaked at the WipeoutRun event, head on over to Wright Street in Tacoma the following day for some awesome food truck fare at the official Food Truck Fest. With live entertainment and free admission, this is a great time to taste the best of the region’s food truck creations and take in a little live music and entertainment. Food is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 19.

Tacoma Maritime Fest: July 18 & 19

The 23rd annual Tacoma Maritime Fest also happens this weekend at the Foss Waterway Seaport on Dock Street. Open Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this is a great chance to check out some cool boats, great entertainment and awesome food. With a Kid Zone featuring a hands-on marine science lab, roaming entertainers, a story-telling mermaid and toy boat building, there will plenty for the little ones to do. Admission is free - it doesn’t get more family-friendly than that!

Tiger Triplets And Cat Conservation: July 25 & 26

Head on over to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma for Tiger Conservation Weekend. This is your chance to learn about big cat conservation and have a close look at the rare Sumatran tiger triplets, Kirana, Dari and Indah, and their mother, Jaya. With special tiger-oriented activities and animal enrichment shows, this weekend is all about the orange and black! This special event happens Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a good nights’ sleep in close proximity to all of these events in the Tacoma-Puyallup area, check into the Best Western Premier Plaza. Book your stay online for our best rates - we hope to see you soon!

Tacoma is the place to visit this summer. Between our concerts, sporting events, and the Tacoma Dome, there’s always something fun to do. But all the locals know that the best thing about the summer in Tacoma is all the great festivals. Whether you want to see some music, an outdoor film, or a dance routine (or any of the other hundred activities available), be sure to stop by one of these events next time you’re in town.

Tacoma Freedom Fair – July 4th-5th

There’s a lot of events going on this day, but Tacoma’s Freedom Fair is undoubtedly one of the best ones in the country. Come to celebrate America, stay for the airshow, music, fireworks, marketplace, pole vaulting, car show, BMX show, and more! The festival will be on the water, so you’ll be able to enjoy all the spectacles from a towel on the beach. Dress in your finest red, white, and blue! Learn more here.

SummerFest – July 11

The beach isn’t the only place to catch a bit of summer! If you didn’t get enough sun, SummerFest will help you fill in the rest of your tan with a car show and two stages of live music. You’ll also be able to take in the tail end of a triathlon, a soccer tournament, and plenty of community displays. There will also be an outdoor movie at dusk, as well as a full marketplace with over a hundred vendors. This is the perfect place to spend a day! Learn more here.

Ethnic Fest – July 25th-26th

Join Tacoma residents of all races and ethnic groups as they gather for a day of cultural celebration. This 25th-anniversary festival will feature two days of all varieties of world music, dance, and art. If beholding the beauty of these traditional fine arts isn’t enough, you’ll be able to taste them too, with food from all around the world. This incredibly enlightening experience is not to be missed. Learn more here.

The festivals won’t stop entertaining you in Tacoma this July. If you’re in town, be sure to stop by our hotel, where we won’t stop providing you exceptional service. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!


Another summer is upon us in beautiful Puyallup, Washington, and with it comes a packed schedule of summer events. Many of those events are hosted by the Western Washington Fairgrounds, which you’ll find just minutes from our conveniently located hotel. The breadth of the region’s summer activities means that no matter your interests, no matter your age, as a guest of our hotel, fun is never far away.

Here are some of the upcoming highlights!

AKC Summer Dog Show | June 6-7

On the first weekend of June, the Western Washington Fairgrounds will welcome hundreds of four-legged guests to Puyallup as part of AKC Summer Dog Show. Presented by the Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers, this event is the perfect opportunity to check out dozens of beautiful breeds, or enter your own canine companion into the mix. Don’t miss it!

Junk Salvation Vintage Market | June 26-27

On June 26th and 27th The Funky Junk Sisters present a veritable vintage treasure hunt: the Junk Salvation Vintage Market. For those with a keen eye, this event is the perfect chance to snag some new home decor, a new outfit, or a gift for an upcoming birthday. Vintage goods of all kinds will be on display, making this a can’t-be-missed shopping event. For more information, head to the Funky Junk Sisters website!

Washington Arms Collectors Show| June 27-28

On the final weekend of sunny, sunny June, the Fairgrounds Sleep Country ShowPlex hosts the Arms Collector’s dream; the perfect opportunity to bolster your collection with a new antique or rarity. Best of all, admission for non-members costs just $10. Can’t make it? Don’t panic! The show returns in early August with more amazing arms for sale.

Yes, our hotel’s proximity to the Western Washington Fairgrounds assures that no matter the time of your visit, fun is never far away. This June is proof of that fact, as a handful of exciting events touch down on the grounds. Book a room at our cozy hotel today to ensure that you don’t miss any of the fun! We look forward to welcoming you to town.

Winter is but a distant thought here on the West Coast, with spring officially in full bloom. To mark this inspiring seasonal change, Puyallup is proud to host to the annual Daffodil Festival.
The festival officially kicked off in early February, with events taking place all over the city through April and into May. The Daffodil Parade, a town favorite and must-see for visitors to Puyallup, winds its way through Puyallup at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.
The Daffodil Parade is a time-honored tradition in this area, which was home to numerous flower farmers in the mid-1900s. Today, the Daffodil farms have made way for other endeavors but the yellow blossom is still a symbol for the community itself, celebrating the people of Pierce County. This year, the parade tours through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting with more than 180 entries, including floats, marching bands and mounted units.
Now, more Daffodilian business ... (Ahem) Here ye, here ye: The 24 Daffodil Princesses would like to welcome all princesses and their princesses-in-training to the annual Princess Tea at the Laurel Creek Manor on May 3. Tea, light snacks and favors are served under a large tent on the beautiful manor grounds at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., and there will be dancing!
Also part of the Daffodil Festival events, the Daffodil 5K Challenge gets underway April 5 at 11:15 a.m. on W. Pioneer Avenue in Puyallup. Race by yourself or with a team for $35 per person.
For more information on any of the Daffodil Festival events happening now in Puyallup, head to their website here, and don’t forget to book your accommodation at the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center.

It’s Open Season - For Farmer’s Markets! April 12

We’ve waited all winter for that homegrown goodness that farmer’s markets bring, and the time is finally here! Puyallup’s Farmer’s Market opens Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Park and Pavilion. The market is open every Saturday until mid-October.
 It’s that time of year again- time for the Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup. Winter is almost over and what better way to celebrate than among friends and family in the biggest spring celebration of the year?

From April 16th to 19th there will be endless opportunity for fun. Just imagine: yummy fair treats, free entertainment, racing pigs, free music, baby animal exhibits and Monster Truck shows! That’s enough to have anyone come running for miles.

One of the main attractions this year will be the Motor Sport Mayhem. In this big smash event monster trucks and cars will collide in the Monster Truck Shows and the Slamfest Demolition Derby. It’s an intense and exhilarating ride you will be happy to see!

If you are looking for more relaxing attractions, look no further. The fair will also have a reptile show, a farm animal showcase, a garden market place, and Northwest Living & Garden workshops.

Not to mention the family favourite dog races and pig races! In the Dock Dogs, dogs will race down a 40 foot canine runway and hurdle into a 27,000 gallon swimming pool. The dog with the longest jump wins! In the Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, you can watch little piglets race a track to get the prize of a peanut butter cup!

To wrap your fun filled day there will be a fireworks display on Friday and Saturday night that will have your mouth dropping in awe. Fireworks start at 9:00 pm after the Motor Sport Mayhem show.

The fair also offers fun rides, music and entertainment, and fun children activities! Buy your tickets now before they sell out.

The Best Western Premier Plaza is in the middle of all the fun! Why not stay in our comfortable accommodations at night while you party at the Spring Fair during the day? Contact us now for the best rates guaranteed.

Most of us can enjoy a nice slab of quality cheese. When the timings right, the wine is out, or you simply just want a respectable sandwich, cheese is where it’s at. Good thing for Puyallup, the people down at My Cheese Shoppe understand this!

My Cheese Shoppe is a specialty cheese Shoppe opened by Laurie Sanders-Polen, a woman who didn’t think she would have a career in selling cheese. She started out as a receptionist at Peterson Cheeses, fell in love with specialty cheese and the rest is history.


She’s said that her shop is for the “true cheese enthusiast in all of us, ” and she is completely right. There is something for everyone at My Cheese Shoppe.

With over 75 different kinds of cheese from Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Wisconsin, New York and imported from Europe, Australia and New Zealand it’s no wonder the tiny shop in downtown Puyallup has been such a huge hit with the locals and a must see for tourists. 

She also sells novelty sweet items like imported raw honey with orange blossom, Croatian fig spread, date bread and walnut bread imported from Spain, dark chocolates, caramels and even toffee! 

If you’re also hungry for meat she offers SEVEN different kinds of salami. Who knew seven different kinds even existed!

If your mouth is watering (as it should be) go down to the shop and see the wide selection for yourself.

The Best Western Premier Plaza is just a short drive away from My Cheese Shoppe and will be right here to welcome you once you get back from your cheese bonanza! Contact us now for the best rates guaranteed.

Mini golf, baseball and go-carts? Say no more. If you are looking for a fun day out in Puyallup there’s no harm in checking out Mike N Terry’s Outdoor Fun Park.

Mike N Terrys

 Equipped with gadgets and gizmos galore, this is the place to go to entertain young kids and heck, anybody for that matter!

They have two mini golf courses each with 18 holes and the go-kart track snakes through the back making it plenty challenging and full of twists and turns.

They also offer many batting cages. On site there are 4 Hardball cages, 3 Softball cages and one Fastpitch cage. There is also grass space to practice. It’s perfect for teams!

Mini golf is $7.00 for one course and $10.50 for both. Children who are under 48’’ can play for $3.50 and kids under 40’’ are free!

The courses incorporate a “putting zoo” theme so throughout your journey you will see snake statues and even a waterfall.

Mike n Terrys Fun Park

The go-carts are $7.50 for a five-minute ride and you must be 10 years old and 58’’ tall. They also offer double seat carts, which are $10.00 for a five-minute ride, and you must be 16. Also, to go cart you must sign a waiver.

The batting cages are only $1.00 for 10 pitches and a team can reserve it for $50 an hour.

Hours vary but you can contact them for more details and information on reservations.

Only a short drive away why not make your home the Best Western Premier Plaza? With comfy accommodations and luxurious suites this is the perfect spot to relax before heading out for fun and games. Contact us now for the best rates guaranteed.

posted by: BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel on: August 15, 2014 4:47:18 PM

Tacoma is a beautiful city situated on scenic Puget Sound.  But there’s more to our city than its incredible scenic location.  If you’re staying with us for a few nights or an extended period of time, be sure to check out a few of these great museums in the area.

Children's Museum of Tacoma

1501 Pacific Avenue

The Tacoma Children’s Museum houses an extensive array of activities for children divided into five main areas: woods, water, voyager, invention and Becka’s Studio.  The museum houses interactive and hands-on exhibits designed to promote fun, learning and the wonder of childhood.  During your visit, be sure to check out the Playful Little Library, where kids can take out books free of charge that will incite their interest in life long learning.  If you’re looking to keep your kids entertained and instill in them a sense of wonder, head to the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. 

LeMay -- America's Car Museum

2707 East D St

The automobile helped define American culture beginning in the mid-20th century.  Through films and television, the entire world saw images of luxurious American automobiles that seemed to signal a future of mass prosperity.  America’s Car Museum in Tacoma captures the spirit of those times with an extensive collection that documents our country’s love affair with the automobile.  The museum is a must see for visitors to Puyallup-Tacoma.

Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Ave

Need a cultural fix?  Check out the Tacoma Art Museum which features travelling national and international exhibitions, a permanent collection of Pacific Northwest artists, 19th and 20th century American, Asian and European art and the world’s biggest collection of Chihuly glass.  Dale Chihuly is a famous glass artist from Tacoma whose works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

One of Dale Chihuly's largest collections at the Tacoma Art Museum

The Puyallup-Tacoma area is home to many great museums and here at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, we want to make sure you experience the best accommodations but also the best of our city too.  Our friendly staff is always ready to answer any questions you might have.  Book your stay with us today! 

Summer is the time of year in the Pacific Northwest where we can count on long stretches of uninterrupted sunshine.  This July, take advantage of the fantastic weather and check out a few of these great events happening in Puyallup & Tacoma.

Summer Farmers’ Market

Treat yourself to some of our region’s finest bounty this summer by shopping at the Puyallup Farmers’ Market.  Artisans and growers from throughout the region will display their finest crops and creations, all produced right here in Washington.  The Market features great entertainment by local bands and runs every Saturday from 9am-2pm at the Pioneer Park and Pavillion through till October 11.

La Luna Nueva Tacoma Summer Flamenco Tour 2014

In recent years, Flamenco has become one of the most popular dance styles in the world.  Incredibly, there are now more Flamenco dance studios in Japan than in Spain where the dance originated.

This summer, take in an exciting performance of this traditional gone global art form at The New Frontier Lounge in Tacoma.  On Monday July 28 at 8pm, dancer Savannah Fuentes, singer Curro Cuento and guitarist Bobby de Sofia will electrify audiences with their straight up and stunning style of Flamenco.  Get your ticket today: only 75 seats are available.

Summer Drive-In Movie Series

Drive in theatres might be a thing of the past, but not in Tacoma!  This summer, take a trip back in time and catch some great flicks at Tacoma’s legendary LeMay-America’s Car Museum.  Best of all, these screenings are entirely free!  On July 26, catch the all-American classic Smokey and the Bandit.  The film begins around 9pm but parking begins at 4:30pm.  Arrive early to get a good spot.

Tacoma Summer Drive iN 

With all these exciting events on the calendar, rooms are filling up fast in Puyallup.  Book your room today and don’t miss out on a second of the fun happening in our city this summer.  Bring Sparky along too: we’re happy to host your dog at our hotel for a nominal price.