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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 Biking - Washington Stateplains 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.

Steptoe Butte, Washington StateWashington 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.

Seattle Washington StateWashington 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!

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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).

The first recorded European landing on the Washington coast was by Spanish Captain Don Bruno de Heceta in 1775, on board the Santiago, part of a two-ship flotilla with the Sonora.  

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.

Visit Anderson Island Washington, Scenic and Natural! Anderson Island Washington is probably one of the least explored of all the magical islands in Washington’s Puget Sound. That fact is quite astounding, given the unspoiled beauty and quality visitor services on this, the southernmost of...
According to Friends of Point No Point Lighthouse, “Point No Point Light Station is the site of the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound. It is located in Hansville, Washington, on a point of land that the local Native American tribes had given the name...
By Wyatt Martin Tucked in the Carr Inlet, about a mile and a half southwest of Rosedale is one of Washington’s smallest State Parks, Cutts Island. The park covers the entire two acre island, which is only accessible by water. But what this park...
Frolicsome Floral Fields of the Tulip Festival! Skagit Valley, Washington lies between Seattle to the south, Bellingham to the north, the San Juan Islands to the west, and the North Cascade National Park to the east. The towns of Mount Vernon and Burlington provide...
Article by Wyatt Martin On the northeast side of Port Townsend, WA lies Fort Worden State Park. The 434-acre multi-purpose park still maintains the 19th century military fort that was originally designed as the last defense to the Puget Sound. The park has a...
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Visit Anderson Island Washington, Scenic and Natural! Anderson Island Washington is probably one of the least explored of all the magical islands in Washington’s Puget Sound. That fact is quite astounding, given the unspoiled beauty and quality visitor services on this, the southernmost of...
According to Friends of Point No Point Lighthouse, “Point No Point Light Station is the site of the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound. It is located in Hansville, Washington, on a point of land that the local Native American tribes had given the name...
By Wyatt Martin Tucked in the Carr Inlet, about a mile and a half southwest of Rosedale is one of Washington’s smallest State Parks, Cutts Island. The park covers the entire two acre island, which is only accessible by water. But what this park...
Frolicsome Floral Fields of the Tulip Festival! Skagit Valley, Washington lies between Seattle to the south, Bellingham to the north, the San Juan Islands to the west, and the North Cascade National Park to the east. The towns of Mount Vernon and Burlington provide...
Article by Wyatt Martin On the northeast side of Port Townsend, WA lies Fort Worden State Park. The 434-acre multi-purpose park still maintains the 19th century military fort that was originally designed as the last defense to the Puget Sound. The park has a...
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According to Friends of Point No Point Lighthouse, “Point No Point Light Station is the site of the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound. It is located in Hansville, Washington, on a point of land that the local Native American tribes had given the name...
Pacific Northwest Road Trips: Historic Douglas General Store Pacific Northwest Road Trips Series: Central Washington Road Trip via Highway 28 – Wenatchee to Soap Lakes Central Washington is a delightful region of natural contrasts. The largest river west of the Mississippi and numerous lakes create a vivid...
Timberhouse Restaurant on US 101: Exceptional Ambiance, Service and Great Food. By Ron Finney After a busy day scaling the heights of Mt. Walker and hiking to some area waterfalls, we wanted to check out restaurants Quilcene Hood Canal. We had heard good things...
Weinhard Hotel Dayton Built in 1883 by Jacob Weinhard The Weinhard Hotel Dayton was built in 1890 by Jacob Weinhard, the nephew of Henry Weinhard of the Henry Weinhard Brewery in Portland. Jacob had come to Dayton in 1880 after completing an apprenticeship with his uncle...
Join us for exciting new video webisodes as we explore the Pacific Northwest with Grant Goodeve. Grant has hosted the popular TV series, Northwest Backroads for 15 years and makes discovering the many diverse regions of the Pacific Northwest fun and informative. If you...
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The Lake Chelan Wine Growers Association sponsors a number of events throughout the year. We were in Lake Chelan Thanksgiving weekend and took advantage of the Chelan Fall Barrel Tasting. In addition the regular wine tasting, they were offering tastes of the wines right...
  Festival of Chimes Lights Port Orchard Small Town Aglow with Holiday Warmth and Charm It’s time to start making your holiday plans, so the special time of the year does not sneak up on you. If you’re looking for a warm, wonderful Christmas experience,...
Pacific Northwest Road Trips: Historic Douglas General Store Pacific Northwest Road Trips Series: Central Washington Road Trip via Highway 28 – Wenatchee to Soap Lakes Central Washington is a delightful region of natural contrasts. The largest river west of the Mississippi and numerous lakes create a vivid...
1880’s Vintage Tasting Room Serves Award Winning Wines Article By Ron Finney Are there any great wineries in Western Washington? Absolutely! Medicine Creek Winery Olympia, Washington is a delightful boutique winery serving award winning wines in an 1880’s style tasting room. The winery is...
WATCH THE PORT ORCHARD VIDEO! Port Orchard, Washington: Ferries, Bridges and Boats Welcome to Port Orchard Washington! Port Orchard is a picturesque community with a relaxed pace on the “natural side” of Puget Sound. Compared to the more traveled Seattle-Tacoma side, the Kitsap Peninsula...
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Visit Anderson Island Washington, Scenic and Natural! Anderson Island Washington is probably one of the least explored of all the magical islands in Washington’s Puget Sound. That fact is quite astounding, given the unspoiled beauty and quality visitor services on this, the southernmost of...
By Wyatt Martin Tucked in the Carr Inlet, about a mile and a half southwest of Rosedale is one of Washington’s smallest State Parks, Cutts Island. The park covers the entire two acre island, which is only accessible by water. But what this park...
Frolicsome Floral Fields of the Tulip Festival! Skagit Valley, Washington lies between Seattle to the south, Bellingham to the north, the San Juan Islands to the west, and the North Cascade National Park to the east. The towns of Mount Vernon and Burlington provide...
Palouse Falls in Washington The vast amount of water rushing over a cliff brings sight-seers, hikers and kayakers to explore the wonder that is the Palouse Falls in Washington. For most the falls are a spectacle, but others see the falls as an obstacle....
Pacific Northwest Road Trips: Historic Douglas General Store Pacific Northwest Road Trips Series: Central Washington Road Trip via Highway 28 – Wenatchee to Soap Lakes Central Washington is a delightful region of natural contrasts. The largest river west of the Mississippi and numerous lakes create a vivid...
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