History of Washington
Washington is where the oldest, and most complete skeletal remains, of what is known as ‘Kennewick Man’ were discovered. Several Native American tribes (29 officially recognized) have been known to inhabit the land since prehistory.
The Spanish 1775, were the first to arrive among the European explorers. Countries that have laid claim to the land include Britain and Russia, as well as the newly formed United States. The land was granted statehood on November 11th, 1889.
The Washington State US has a total of 39 counties. The biggest of Washington is Okanogan County and the smallest is Juan County. Check this Washington County Map which locates all the counties of Washington on the Ohio Map.
Geography of Washington
Located on the West Coast of the northwestern United States, the state is bordered by Oregon to the south, Idaho in the east, Canada in the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Cascade mountain range divides the state into western and eastern parts.
The western part of Washington has a marine coastal climate; rainfall during winter, with dry and warm summers. Temperatures year-round are generally mild, but it does rain! The eastern part on the state, another hand, is much drier in terms of climate, with steppe, arid, and semi-arid land. Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, and Renton are major cities in Washington.
Travel Destinations in Washington
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, and home to the very first Starbucks.
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 rainforest. Lake Chelan and Lake Crescent beckon vacationers to their sparkling shores for recreational activities. Alki Beach, Shi Shi (pronounced shy-shy) Beach, Ruby Beach, Rialto Beach, and First Beach, are among tempting beaches along the Pacific Coast.
Solitude seekers love to explore the not so well-kept secrets of Puget Sound, and charm of the San Juan Islands. Manito Park, Botanical Gardens, Riverfront Park, Seattle Art Museum, Snoqualmie Falls, 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 to the rest of the county.
Education in Washington
The state has a solid emphasis on education, with over 40 higher education institutions. Some of the more notable institutions in the state include the University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Eastern Washington University, and Central Washington University.
Facts about Washington State
- Olympia is the capital, and Seattle is the largest city in Washington.
- Mount Rainier in the Cascade Range holds more glacial ice than the rest of the 47 contiguous states combined.
- The Boeing Factory, in Everett, is the world’s largest building by volume.
Washington County Map
|County Name||County Seat||Area (sq mi)|
|Clallam County||Port Angeles||1745|
National Parks in Washington
|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|
Golf Courses in Washington
|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|