At the northwestern tip of the continental states, the Evergreen State, is endless in its dramatic contrasts. For hundreds of miles, an enormous craggy gorge crosses from the the tawny eastern plains to the hazy blue Pacific, bearing the largest American river west of the Mississippi, the mighty Columbia. Eastern Washington State is complex, with tamarack and pine covered mountains, stunning desert, rolling wheat fields, and green vineyards. The scene changes dramatically traveling west through the Cascade Range. Here you’re surrounded by towering forests of Douglas fir, maple, hemlock and western red cedar. At the western feet of the Cascades spring forth a collection of vibrant communities, including the iconic “Emerald City,” a perfect postcard, complete with the Space Needle, lofty Mt. Rainier and the busy green and white ferries of Puget Sound. The Washington State Ferry system is the largest in the world in passengers carried.
Washington State has many other “firsts” to brag about: Number one software company, Microsoft, plane manufacturer, Boeing, online retailer, Amazon, and number one coffee company, Starbucks. Washington State produces more clean hydroelectric power than any other state, grows more apples and pears, hops, juice grapes, raspberries and sweet cherries. The Evergreen State is second in production of lumber, potatoes and wine! Washington’s queen of the east, Spokane is the world’s smallest city ever to host a World’s Fair (in 1974).
Mount Rainier, the tallest volcano in the continental U.S. is perhaps the most majestic–towering a dramatic 14,411 feet above the coastal lowlands of Puget Sound. Mount St. Helens is the most devastated and the most recently erupted volcano in the continental U.S. Thanks to the mountainous Cascades and Olympic Mountains, the state has more glaciers than all others except Alaska. Washington State has some of the wettest places on earth and the only rain forest in the United States, a true wonder of the world, the Hoh Rainforest. The Olympic Peninsula National Park has some of the tallest and most massive spruce and cedar trees in the world. Washington State’s 3 million acres of old growth forests amount to 3.6 times the area of the entire state of Delaware.
Washington State Travel never fails to wow visitors and locals alike! Washington State is rich in culture and the arts, from ancient Northwest Coastal native traditions, renowned classical symphonies, to the vibrant Experience Music Project. Washington State is unique in the visual arts from the world class Chihuly Glass Museum to the funky Pyrex Museum.
Washington State’s exceptional contrasts and many firsts provide unlimited opportunities to explore, to stand in wonder, to taste, sip, listen and enjoy. For America, Washington State is another affirmation that “God shed his grace on thee.” Come be our honored guest and discover Washington State Travel!
Named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, the state was made out of the western part of the Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as a settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889.
Washington is the 18th most extensive and the 13th most populous of the 50 United States. Approximately 60 percent of Washington’s residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, and industry along the Puget Sound region of the Salish Sea, an inlet of the Pacific consisting of numerous islands, deep fjords, and bays carved out by glaciers. The remainder of the state consists of deep temperate rainforests in the west, mountain ranges in the west, central, northeast and far southeast, and a semi-arid basin region in the east, central, and south, given over to intensive agriculture. After California, Washington is the second most populous state on the West Coast and in the Western United States.
Washington is a leading lumber producer. Its rugged surface is rich in stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa and white pine, spruce, larch, and cedar. The state is the biggest producer of apples, hops, pears, red raspberries, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries, and ranks high in the production of apricots, asparagus, dry edible peas, grapes, lentils, peppermint oil, and potatoes. Livestock and livestock products make important contributions to total farm revenue and the commercial fishing catch of salmon, halibut, and bottomfish makes a significant contribution to the state’s economy.
Manufacturing industries in Washington include aircraft and missiles, shipbuilding and other transportation equipment, lumber, food processing, metals and metal products, chemicals, and machinery. Washington has over 1,000 dams, including the Grand Coulee Dam, built for a variety of purposes including irrigation, power, flood control, and water storage.
Although its official, unambiguous name is “The State of Washington,” the state’s name is often reversed and referred to as “Washington state” to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., also named for George Washington. Another nickname is “the Evergreen State.” Its largest city is Seattle, situated in the west, followed by Spokane, located in the east, and its capital is Olympia. information courtesy of Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_(state).
In 1778, British explorer Captain James Cook sighted Cape Flattery, at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but Cook did not realize the strait existed. It was not discovered until Charles William Barkley, captain of the Imperial Eagle, sighted it in 1787. The straits were further explored by Spanish explorers Manuel Quimper in 1790 and Francisco de Eliza in 1791, and British explorer George Vancouver in 1792.
In 1836, a group of missionaries including Marcus Whitman established several missions and Whitman’s own settlement Waiilatpu, in what is now southeastern Washington state, near present day Walla Walla County, in territory of both theCayuse and the Nez Perce Indian tribes. Whitman’s settlement would in 1843 help the Oregon Trail, the overland emigration route to the west, get established for thousands of emigrants in following decades.
Washington became the 42nd state in the United States on November 11, 1889.