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Washington State in a nutshell

Washington State is a great place to discover the energy of sophisticated cities, and all the culinary, cultural and urban arts experiences for which Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane are famous. But then what?

We recommend you gear up and get out! Immerse yourself into the rural communities which serve as the backbone of Washington's great outdoors! Get off the beaten path and experience the wilderness that still exemplifies the "wild west".
Chat with our interesting assortment of entrepreneurs, artists and characters throughout the state. You'll find that Washington is a destination that defies definition, and spurns stereotypes.

Whether you prefer leisurely soft adventures or more high stakes thrills, Washington's variety gives you many options: the high desert, the rain forest, alpine wilderness, the inland waters of Puget Sound, pristine islands, famous mountains, rivers large or intimate and much more.

Scenic wonders

Panoramic views encircle the city of Seattle as if it were a ship on water. The snow-capped peaks of Mount Rainier and Mount Baker lie to the south and north respectively, the Olympic mountain range frames Elliott Bay on Puget Sound to the west, and past Lake Washington, the Cascade Mountains stretch along the horizon to the east. Once you've stepped aboard Seattle, it's easy to see how Washington's diverse topography invites a closer look. Cross over the mountains into Eastern Washington, and you'll experience abundant scenery full of interesting contrasts and rural discoveries.

Two hours east of Seattle, brilliant sunshine soaks cattle ranches, hop farms, and vineyards. Here, rodeos and Native American pow wows are expressions of time-old traditions, and the annual “crush” in the fall is a newer addition. Through this countryside run the Yakima River and the mighty Columbia River, cutting swaths through gorges, arid coulees and desert dunes. Petrified forests, one of the country’s longest, deepest lakes (Lake Chelan) and Texan-big wheat fields undulating through the Palouse country all hold special attraction.

Hikers on Trail in Mountains, North Cascades National Park
Hikers on Trail in Mountains, North Cascades National Park

Map shows where Washington State is located within the U.S.A.
Where is Washington State?

Washington State regions
The regions in Washington State



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