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From rugged coastlines, majestic mountains and volcanic peaks, to vibrant cities, charming small towns, and a thriving wine scene, Washington State has it.

About Washington State

Washington State offers a blend of natural beauty, economic opportunity, cultural diversity, and outdoor recreation, making it an attractive place to live and visit.

Also known as the Evergreen State, Washington State is famed for its abundant evergreen forests.

States neighbouring Washington: Idaho and Oregon. Washington also borders Canada.

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Map of Washington State

Map of Washington State

Washington State boasts a diverse geography, ranging from the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean to the Cascade Mountain Range and the arid regions east of the mountains.

It's home to iconic landmarks such as Mount Rainier, the highest peak in the state, and the Olympic National Park, renowned for its old-growth forests and diverse ecosystems.

The state capital of Washington is Olympia.

Washington State Overview

Washington State, located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, is known for its diverse landscapes, vibrant cities, and strong economy.

Washington State is bordered by Idaho to the east, Oregon to the south, and British Columbia (Canada) to the north.


The state's largest city is Seattle, which is also its cultural and economic hub.

Seattle is famous for its tech industry, with companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing headquartered or having a significant presence there.

Other notable cities include Spokane, Tacoma, Bellevue, and Vancouver.


Washington State has a rich cultural scene, with a strong emphasis on the arts, music, and outdoor recreation.

Seattle is renowned for its music history, being the birthplace of grunge music and home to the iconic Space Needle.

The state also has a thriving wine industry, particularly in the Yakima Valley and Walla Walla regions.


Washington has a robust economy driven by various industries.

Seattle's tech sector is a major contributor, with companies like Microsoft and Amazon leading the way.

The state also has a significant aerospace industry, with Boeing being a major employer.

Agriculture is another essential sector, especially in the eastern part of the state, known for its apples, cherries, and hops.


Washington State is home to several prestigious universities, including the University of Washington in Seattle and Washington State University in Pullman.

These institutions are renowned for their research contributions and academic programs.

Outdoor Recreation

With its diverse landscapes, Washington offers ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Hiking, skiing, kayaking, and fishing are popular activities, with numerous national parks, forests, and waterways to explore.

The state's mild climate also allows for year-round outdoor recreation.

Political Landscape

Politically, Washington is considered a blue state, with a history of voting for Democratic candidates in presidential elections.

However, there is political diversity within the state, with more conservative-leaning areas in the eastern and southern regions.

Visiting Washington State

Whether you're interested in outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or culinary delights, Washington State has something for everyone to enjoy.

Cities and Urban Attractions


A charming Bavarian-style village nestled in the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is known for its festivals, outdoor recreation, and holiday lights.


Washington's largest city is famous for its iconic Space Needle, vibrant food scene, Pike Place Market, and cultural attractions like the Museum of Pop Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass.


Located in eastern Washington, Spokane offers riverfront parks, a bustling downtown area, and cultural attractions like the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.


Visit the Museum of Glass, explore the Point Defiance Park and Zoo, and enjoy the city's waterfront attractions.

Cultural and Historical Attractions

Museum of Flight

Located in Seattle, this museum showcases the history of aviation and space exploration.

Museum of History and Industry

Learn about the history of the Pacific Northwest through interactive exhibits and artifacts at MOHAI, located in the South Lake Union neighbourhood of Seattle.

Washington State Capitol

Visit the state capitol building in Olympia and explore its historical significance and architectural beauty.

The Capitol is part of the Capitol Campus; consisting of several buildings, including the Washington Supreme Court, executive agencies, and the Washington Governor's Mansion.

Nature and Outdoor Activities

Mount Rainier National Park

Home to the iconic Mount Rainier, this park offers numerous hiking trails, stunning vistas, and opportunities for wildlife viewing.

North Cascades National Park

Known for its remote wilderness and jagged mountain peaks, North Cascades National Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering hiking, camping, and mountaineering opportunities.

Olympic National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its diverse ecosystems, including temperate rainforests, rugged coastline, and alpine peaks.

San Juan Islands

Accessible by ferry, these islands offer scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, and charming communities to explore.

Outdoor Recreation

Hiking and Backpacking

Washington offers countless trails for hiking and backpacking, ranging from easy day hikes to challenging multi-day treks.

Skiing and Snowboarding

During the winter months, head to the Cascade Mountains for world-class skiing and snowboarding at resorts like Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass.

Water Activities

Enjoy kayaking, fishing, and whale watching in the Puget Sound or take a scenic cruise on one of Washington's many waterways.

Wine and Culinary Tourism

Seattle Food Scene

Explore the diverse culinary offerings in Seattle, from fresh seafood to international cuisine and innovative dining experiences.

Wine Country

Washington State is home to several renowned wine regions, including the Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, and Columbia Valley.

Take a wine tour and sample locally produced wines.


Named after the nearby Olympic Mountains, Olympia was made the capital of Washington Territory in 1853 and became the state capital when Washington entered the union in 1889.

Map of Olympia, WA

Map of Olympia, WA

The largest exhibit at the Washington State History Museum invites visitors to take a walk through time.

Explore some of the state’s earliest history including a look at ancient artifacts such as Clovis Points; view a variety of artifacts from Native cultures; hear first-person stories of migration and immigration; learn about the state’s geology; and much more.

Washington Mountains and National Parks

The Cascade Mountains splits the state into rural dry-siders and cosmopolitan wet-siders.

If you're into hiking and biking, or swimming and boating, Washington has it all. It really is a state for the great outdoors.

Washington's Ultimate Roadtrip

Those who don't even get out of their cars to order hamburgers and fries will love the Cascade Loop, a 400-mile scenic route that crosses the Cascade Range, as US 2 and Route 20; the North Cascades Highway.

Mt Baker

Breath-taking beauty beckons, in the Mt. Baker area. Weather changes can be frequent so visitors to the area are advised to prepare accordingly, by bringing both light and heavier clothing -- along with light raingear, even in summer.

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest offers hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, white-water rafting/kayaking, fishing (lake and river), skiing (downhill and cross-country), snowboarding, snow-shoeing and snowmobiling, not to mention phenomenal photography!

Mt Baker Lodging

From modest to luxury getaways, Mt. Baker Lodging is your source for private, self-catered, fully equipped cabins, cottages, condos, chalets and executive vacation rental home accommodations at the gateway to Mount Baker.

Located minutes from the Glacier Mountain Village, in a lush forest and scenic mountain valley. All properties are privately owned, completely self-contained and individually unique.

Mount Ranier

The king of Mount Rainier National Park is the dormant volcano, Mount Rainier.

Native Americans knew a thing a two when they called it Tahoma, or mountain of God. To most Washingtonians today, its simply referred to as 'The Mountain'.

Enjoy hiking the hundreds of trails near and inside Mt. Rainier National Park, view the many waterfalls, or enjoy winter sledding and snowshoeing.

Visit Rainier

No trip to Washington State is complete without a Mount Rainier experience.

Stroll through a temperate inland rainforest this spring. Hike with the wildflowers and gaze upon powerful waterfalls this summer.

Marvel at the fall colors each autumn. Discover epic skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing each winter. And fall in love with the world-class vistas that re-define spectacular year-round.

Horse Riding

Covering all terrains in the Elbe Hills, EZ Times horse trails range from easy going to harder ones for more experienced horse riders.

Some trails come up so close to Mt. Rainier that you can almost reach out and grab the snow off her.

Located 55 miles south of Seattle, on the way to Mt. Rainier National Park, the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a 615-acre park with a little bit of everything: lakes, trails, meadows and plenty of animals.

Open 9:30am daily mid-February through October, and Friday to Sunday in November through to mid-February and on selected holidays.

Where to Stay at Mount Ranier

Alexander's Lodge

Alexander's Lodge at Mount Ranier

Alexander's Lodge at Mount Ranier: 37515 State Road 706 East, Ashford, Washington.

Be aware that this historic hotel at Mount Rainier is close to Paradise entrance. It takes about two hours to drive from the lodge to Crystal Mountain or Sunrise.

Rooms at Alexander's Lodge are not like standard hotel rooms, each one is unique. Lower priced rooms are usually smaller, so choose wisely.

Mount Rainier Cabin Rentals

Seven beautiful vacation rental homes nestled in the shadow of Mt. Rainier are avaiable at Three Bears Cabins, just outside the year-round Paradise entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park in Ashford, WA.

Hotels in Ashford, Washington.

Mount St Helens

On May 18, 1980 this active volcano, in the Cascade Range, blew its top off. The blast was so violent it claimed at least sixty lives and destroyed all life within 70 square miles of area.

The mountain is not so high now, although it was elevated to National Volcano Monument status in 1982.

Olympic National Park

Get out of the car and enjoy the beauty of nature on foot; there's no scenic loop in this park.

What you do have is the rugged Pacific coast, temperate rain forests, snow-capped mountains and plenty of rainfall.

Around Washington State

Washington State is named after George Washington.

Access Washington State is the official website of Washington State, with easy access to online state services, government agencies, and helpful guides to get things done.


Anacortes sits in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and is blessed with more sun and less rain than other north-west regions.

Situated on a drive-to island, Anacortes is a vibrant coastal community offering the ultimate Northwest getaway-from seaside recreation to small-town charm.

Dungeness Wildlife

The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is located near Sequim in Clallam County, Washington, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The 631 acres of the refuge include Dungeness Spit, Graveyard Spit, and portions of Dungeness Bay and Harbor.

San Juan Islands

Lime Kiln Point State Park is where it's at for whale watching.

Ferries depart from Anacortes; with San Juan Islands the last stop, after Lopez, Shaw, and Orcas Islands.

Sequim Bay

Sunset Marine Resort is a an Olympic Peninsula destination with a collection of unique vacation rentals located on the beautiful east shore of Sequim Bay.

Nestled along the shore line of Sequim Bay, the holiday cabins offer a quiet getaway that many dream about.

Washington Tourism

State of Washington Tourism is the official Destination Marketing Organization for the State of Washington.


Seattle is built on a series of hills between Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

City of Seattle

Two floating bridges connect the City of Seattle with the east side of the lake, and ferries connect the city with the Kitsap Peninsula, islands in Puget Sound, and Victoria (British Columbia).

The marvellous setting is crowned with the mountains of Olympic National Park to the west, and the Cascade Range, which includes Mount Rainier, to the east.

As the most important city of the Pacific north-west, Seattle has a thriving culture for all tastes.

Seattle Attractions

Pike Place Market

Winter, spring, summer and fall, the Pike Place Market (often called the soul of Seattle) is open seven days a week, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Seattle Aquarium

Get face-to-fin with marine life in Seattle. Located on Pier 59.

The region's premier resource for hands-on marine experiences and conservation education, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound and the world’s ocean.

Seattle Center

The site chosen for the 1962 World's Fair is rich in local history. Since the early pioneer days, there have been three significant phases of redevelopment, which have transformed The Prairie into Seattle Center; home to the finest cultural and educational organizations, sports teams, festivals, community programs and entertainment facilities in Seattle.

Visit Seattle

Seattle is a dynamic, urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. As a partnership-based organization, Visit Seattle connects more than 1,000 local businesses, their products and services with the lucrative visitor market.

Washington Park Arboretum

A spectacular urban green space on the shores of Lake Washington, just east of downtown Seattle and south of the University of Washington' the Washington Park Arboretum is a welcome oasis of tranquility.

Jointly managed by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle, its 230 acres contain a dynamic assortment of plants, some found nowhere else in the Northwest.

Take a walk through the Arboretum and discover this beautiful living collection.

The Graham Visitors Center contains an information desk, and a gift shop managed by the Arboretum Foundation.

The Japanese Garden, located at the south end of the Arboretum has an entrance fee and is managed by the City of Seattle.

Flying to Seattle

A full-service commercial airport located south of the U.S.-Canada border, Bellingham International Airport: (BLI) is 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington and only 39 minutes by commuter aircraft to SeaTac Airport.

Public transit bus routes serve Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) outside Door 6, by Baggage Carousel 5.

Seattle to Vancouver

If you're in Seattle for a while it could be worth visiting Vancouver, in Canada. It's only three to four hours on a bus.

You could also go to Victoria by ferry (2hrs 45mins) or let the train take the strain.


The Amtrak Cascades train runs from Vancouver to Eugene, Oregon (466 miles) and passes through Seattle's historic King Street Station, in Pioneer Square.

Quick Shuttle

Quick Coach Lines operate a Quick Shuttle Express from Seattle to Vancover.

Victoria Clipper Ferry

FRS Clipper offers the only direct fast ferry service between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia; the Victoria Clipper.

Where to Stay in Seattle

Salish Lodge and Spa

Salish Lodge and Spa

Salish Lodge and Spa: 6501 Railroad Ave SE, Snoqualmie, Washington.

A mere thirty miles from Seattle, this elegant escape nestled in nature features all the finest amenities of a luxury hotel.

Slip away to the Salish Lodge and Spa, where a romantic mountain retreat awaits you.

Hotels in Seattle.

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