History of Washington State
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 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 on November 11th, 1889.
Geography of Washington State
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 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, other 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. 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, and home to 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 a 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 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
Last Updated on: August 25th, 2017
- 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 Factory, in Everett, is the world's largest building by volume. More Facts...