Tacoma was our first "stateside" assignment and we loved it! Of course, that was years ago and we lived on the Air Force base. It was our first visit to the Pacific Northwest and we found the proximity to ocean, lakes, and mountains such a treat. My biggest problem was having mountain on the East. Having grown up in the Denver area of Colorado, mountains are supposed to be on the West (yes, I am directionally challenged). I have heard it has changed dramatically since we lived there, so maybe I'd like to visit as a port of call.