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Welcome to Washington

Possibilities abound in the Evergreen State, where you can get lost in an old-growth rainforest, kayak with killer whales in glassy coastal waters, sip your way through the rolling hills of wine country, relax in an artsy coffee shop or hike to the top of a slumbering volcano.

Northwest Washington is where you’ll find the highest concentration of must-visit cities and natural areas in the state, including Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands.

In Seattle, pick your way through the Pike Place Market, ride the elevator to the top of the Space Needle, visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass art gallery and be sure to grab yourself a cup of Seattle’s finest at the Original Starbucks, located at historic 1st and Pike. In Tacoma, don’t miss America’s Car Museum and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. In Olympia, enjoy the Hands On Children’s Museum.

Other highlights around the state include Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, the abundance of wineries and tasting rooms in Walla Walla and the Fairhaven Historic District in Bellingham.



If you’re searching for adventure and find yourself in Washington, your only problem will be deciding where to start.

If you’re looking to fish, kayak, canoe or motor boat, then the craggy coastlines and coastal waters of Puget Sound (and its many offshoots), the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific pique your attention.

If you’re looking to hike, bike, hunt or camp, you’d be well served to dive into the sprawling confines of Olympic National Park. Encompassing more than a million acres, the park is home to snowcapped peaks, ancient glaciers, and thick old-growth rainforests. There are four different visitor centers, 16 different campgrounds, thousands of miles of hiking trails and lots of opportunities for mountaineering and wildlife viewing.

South of Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park is another popular spot for adventure-seekers. Draped in glaciers, wildflower meadows and ancient woodlands, Mount Rainier is mesmerizing.

Further south, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offers a mix of tragic history, geological beauty and epic trails. Find out about the 1980 eruption at the Forest Learning Center.