Located in the untarnished American northwest, Washington has one of the most distinctive geographies in the United States. With verdant rainforests, ragged mountain peaks, arid plains and sandy Pacific beaches, you’ll soon see why this hub of outdoor activity and relaxation is nicknamed the ‘Evergreen State’. And if you prefer your culture indoors, you’ll find plenty else on offer. Seattle, Washington’s largest city, is home to scores of museums, art galleries and theatres, comfy hotels and its shops and cuisine won’t leave you wanting either.
Seattle — The largest city in Washington, the port city of Seattle is a thriving commercial metropolis. Its location surrounded by water, forests and mountain peaks has it earned the nickname ‘Emerald City’. Home to major technology industries, liberal attitudes and the iconic Space Needle, Seattle’s outlook is as futuristic as its magical skyline and its hotels are comfortable and modern.
Bellingham — One of Washington’s smaller but more active cities, Bellingham is primarily known for its outdoor sports. Close to the beautiful San Juan Islands archipelago and the breathtaking Northern Cascade mountain range, a hotel in Bellingham is a treat for any hiker, skier or mountaineer. It also has some of the best shopping in Washington.
Spokane — Victorian and contemporary buildings splice together splendidly in Spokane, garnering the city some well-deserved attention for its diverse architecture. The city’s cultural pursuits reflect its unique architectural style, by mixing modern art and traditional forms in its numerous art districts. See all this from your hotel in Spokane.
Tacoma — Once a city in decline, Tacoma has undergone overwhelming regeneration in recent years – which you can see in its hotels. Home to the University of Washington, the city has a young population and free-thinking attitude, which is reflected in the city’s thriving contemporary culture. This includes many monthly music/arts events and several popular farmers’ markets.
Washington’s unsurpassed natural beauty is undoubtedly its greatest prize. The state is home to numerous National Parks, including the Olympic National Park, which combines mountains, coast and countryside in almost perfect balance. If nothing else, a visit here ensures some dramatic views across the Pacific coast. Meanwhile, even Washington’s cities do little to tarnish the view and the natural beauty of the region only enhances Seattle’s presence on the Puget Sound. Seattle’s futuristic skyline, dominated by the 1962 world’s fair tower, known as the Space Needle, is a fantastic photo opportunity. The view from the top isn’t bad either!
See Seattle’s famous skyline from the water by taking a Seattle Harbour cruise. Or if you’re thinking about heading across the US border, to see what’s on the other side, book a shared coach from Bellingham Airport to select locations in Vancouver. This is just a short distance away. See the eerie and striking creations of the state’s most eccentric sculptor, Dale Chihuly, with a trip to the Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center, or to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. End your day, weary but happy, with a flavour of Seattle’s Belltown district with a special guided restaurant tour.