History of Washington State
Washington was the site where the oldest and most complete skeletal remains of what is called the Kennewick Man were discovered. Several Native American tribes (29 officially recognized) have been known to inhabit the land.
The Spanish in 1775 were the first to arrive among the European explorers. Countries which have laid claim to the land include Britain and Russia as well as the newly formed United States. The land was granted statehood of the United States on November 11, 1889.
Geography of Washington State
Located on the West Coast of the northwestern United States, the state is bordered by Oregon in the south, Idaho in the east, Canada in the north and Pacific Ocean in the west. The Cascade mountain range divides the state in western and eastern parts.
The western part of Washington has a marine west coast climate; rainfall during winters and dry summers and mostly the temperatures are mild. The eastern part on the other hand is relatively drier in terms of climate with steppe and arid and semi-arid land. Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue and Renton are major cities in Washington. Know more here.
Travel Destinations in Washington State
Washington state has a lot to offer in terms of tourism. The 100-year-old Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle is a shopper's paradise. The very first Starbucks is also located in Seattle.
Olympic National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and North Cascades National Park feature a wealth of geological formations including glacier-clad peaks, alpine meadows, rugged shorelines and temperate rainforests. Lake Chelan and Lake Crescent beckon several vacationers to their sparkling shores. Alki Beach, Shi Shi Beach, Ruby Beach, Rialto Beach and First Beach are among the most tempting beaches along the Pacific Coast.
Solitude seekers love to explore the best kept secrets of Puget Sound and secluded charm of the San Juan Islands. Manito Park and Botanical Gardens, Riverfront Park, Seattle Art Museum, Snoqualmie Falls and Ballard Locks, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Center, the Space Needle, and Kidd Valley are just some of the top-rated tourist attractions in Washington state.
Transportation in Washington State
- By Air - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Spokane International Airport (GEG) are two major airports in the state.
- By Train - The Amtrak routes of Cascades, Empire Builder and Coast starlight run through major cities such as Vancouver, Seattle and Tacoma.
- By Road - I-90, I-5, and I-82 are major interstate highways connecting the state with other US states.
Education in Washington State
The state has a solid emphasis on education with over 40 institutions that provide higher education. Some of the more notable institutions in the state include University of Washington
, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Eastern Washington University and Central Washington University. Read more here
Facts about Washington State
- Olympia is the capital and Seattle is the largest city in Washington.
- Mount Rainier in Cascade Range holds more glacial ice than rest of the 47 contiguous states combined.
- The Boeing Everett Factory is the world's largest building by volume. More Washington State Facts
|1||San Juan Island National Historical Park||2,072 acres||24359||San Juan County, Washington, USA|
|2||Olympic National Park||922,650 acres||14060||Jefferson, Clallam, Mason, and Grays Harbor counties, Washington, USA|
|3||Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve||19,333 acres||28804||Island County, Washington, USA|
|Map of National Parks in Washington|
Last Updated on: May 20, 2017
|1||Suncadia Resort - Prospector Course||Cle Elum, WA|
|2||Canterwood Golf & Country Club - Canterwood Course||Gig Harbor, WA|
|3||Royal Oaks Country Club - Royal Oaks Course||Vancouver, WA|
|Map of Golf Courses in Washington|