About Washington State
From dense temperate rainforests in the West to the expansive Columbia Basin in the East, Washington state is famous for prodigious mountains, rugged coastline, marine climate and agricultural wealth.
It is the 18th largest state in the US by area and nearly 60% of the Washingtonians reside in the Seattle Metropolitan Area. Other major cities in Washington are Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue and Everett.
Washington covers an area of 71,362 square miles and has a population of 7,170,351, as of 2015.
Washington is a prosperous state and has a thriving industry. It is the leading producer of lumber. Apart form this, it is also the major producer of other products such as apples, sweet cherries, pears and red raspberries to name a few.
Famous Tourist Attractions in Washington State
- Mount Rainier National Park – One of the most-visited tourist destinations, Mount Rainier National Park is home to amazing flora and fauna. Every year, more than a million people visit the national park to view its valleys, waterfalls, old growth forests, wildlife and to indulge in mountaineering.
- Olympic National Park – A World Heritage Site, Olympic National Park comprises wonderful wildlife like mountain goats, red foxes, bobcats, black bears, golden-crowned kinglets, red crossbills, among others. The Hurricane Ridge provides fabulous views of the national park.
- Puget Sound – It is located along the northwestern coast of Washington and is the second largest estuary in the country.
- Space Needle – Located in Seattle, Space Needle is an observation tower. It provides stunning views of the Seattle skyline, as well as Mount Rainier, Olympic and Cascade mountains and neighboring areas.
- Pike Place Market – A public market, Pike Place Market is located in Seattle and is the world's 33rd most-visited place.
- Snoqualmie Falls – A spectacular tourist destination, the Snoqualmie Falls attracts approximately 1.5 million tourists every year.
- San Juan Islands – One can indulge in interesting activities at San Juan Islands such as sea kayaking, summer camps and Orcha whale watching.
Other places that are worth visiting in Washington are Cascade Range, Mount St. Helens, North Cascades National Park and Museum of Flight to name a few.
Getting In and Around
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Spokane International Airport (GEG), and Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) are major airports in Washington. The Boeing Field, which is located in Seattle, is one of the country's busiest primary non-hub airports.
Three Amtrak passenger trains Cascades, Empire Builder, and Coast starlight serve the state.
The interstate highways I 90, I 5, and I 82 along with Washington Routes traverse the state.
Facts about Washington State
Last Updated on: June 19, 2017
- Washington is the only state named after a United States President, George Washington.
- The Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River is the largest concrete structure in North America.
- Mount Rainier, the highest point (4,392 meters) in Cascade Range, holds more glacial ice than rest of the 47 contiguous states combined.
- Microsoft Corporation is located in Redmond, Washington, United States.
- The biggest coffee chain in the world, Starbucks was founded in Seattle.
- Olympia is the state capital, and the largest city is Seattle.
- King county, the largest county in Washington State, was originally named after William R. King.