The 13th most populous and 18th largest state of the United States, Washington, consists of numerous islands, fjords, temperate rainforests, mountain ranges, semi-arid basins, and bays carved out of glaciers. It also has an active stratovolcano and is a leading producer of apples, blueberries, peas, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries. Livestock and manufacturing industries also contribute to the state’s economy. Washington is one of our favorite states to explore, so keep reading to learn more.
First, a little history…
Ruled over by the British Empire, Washington became a part of the United States through the Oregon treaty between the United Kingdom and the United States, which was signed on June 15, 1846. The treaty was signed between the British Empire and the United States to settle the Oregon boundary dispute. Washington was given statehood in 1889.
Travel Guides for this State
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Olympic National Park
The picturesque Olympic National Park has unmatchable scenery. It has beautiful and abundant coastal areas; Ruby and Rialto beach, Hoh Rain forest, snowy peaks of Hurricane Ridge, and Sol Duc Hot Springs. Although there is a road circling the park which offers decent views of its landscape, the best way to experience the beauty of this place is hiking. The trails take you through various landscapes, including the Hall of Moses and Marymere Falls. In addition, the campgrounds at the park allow its visitors to thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the wild western region of Washington.
Seattle Center and the Space Needle
The Space Needle was built in 1962 for the World Fair and still stands tall as the iconic piece of Seattle center. The Seattle Center is spread over 74 acres of land and has a monorail, parklands, museums, and several high-end restaurants. Chihuly Garden, Glass, and Museum of Pop Culture are great options for indoor sightseeing. Take a stroll through the facility to see numerous art installations, gardens, and fountains.
The city has several exceptionally designed museums and cultural venues, which have shifted the initial industrial feel of Tacoma. For example, a notable Tacoma native, Dale Chihuly, has many of his extraordinary glass pieces installed at the Museum of Glass. The Bridge of Glass, decorated with glass sculptures, also offers its visitors a unique experience and connects the museum with Washington State History Museum. There is also a LeMay America’s Car Museum for all who like vintage vehicles.
Winthrop, Methow Valley
A picturesque town set within the Methow Valley, Winthrop is an old western-inspired town. It offers numerous adventurous activities to its visitors and a ton of modern shopping and dining options to meet any tastes. If skiing is your thing, you are lucky because this place also has several cross-country ski trails open for visitors. Tourists can also visit different national parks in neighboring towns to improve their trip.
Some other notable places:
San Juan Islands
Mount Rainier National Park
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