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WashingtonUnited States of America

Cape Flattery featuring a bay or harbour, rugged coastline and landscape views

This Pacific Northwest state features rugged ocean shores,majestic mountains, striking art and great golf.

Washington State delights visitorswith its diverse geography and culture. Come here to enjoy mountains andcoastline and appreciate art and spectator sports.

Visit Seattle for iconic experiences. Ride to the top of the 605-foot-(184-meter-) tall Space Needle to viewthe city and Puget Sound. At thetower’s base is the Experience MusicProject Museum (EMP), with an eclectic collection of music, sci-fi and popculture memorabilia ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Star Trek. Note the museum’s rounded, colorful architecture, designedby Frank Gehry.

Have coffee at the Original Starbucks at Pike Place Market.Here, find many restaurants and souvenir and produce shopping. Order fresh fishto take home or have shipped. Watch workers at the fish market toss fish toeach other, entertaining shoppers. Be sure to walk behind the market to viewPuget Sound with Mount Rainier in the distance.

Seattle has varied neighborhoods. Findhigh-end shopping downtown, seek bargains at consignment stores in Queen Anne and Ballard and enjoy a delicious meal in Chinatown. Near the Asianrestaurants is CenturyLink Field,the stadium for the Seattle football team. Join Seahawk fans and become part ofthe “Twelfth Man,” cheering on the Super Bowl XLVIII champions.

Tacoma’s great golfcourses include the site of the 2015 U.S. Open, Chambers Bay Golf Course. Play several rounds of golf or take a ferry to the picturesque San Juan Islands. Nearby, seeblown-glass art at the Dale ChihulyGlass Museum.

In the center of Washington arethe Cascade Mountains, a volcanic range that includes Mount St. Helens, which erupted in 1980. Farther south is Mount Rainier National Park, 14,410feet (4,392 meters) tall and covered with snow year-round. Drive to Paradise to view wildflowers against a glacierbackdrop. Walk on mountain trails or pack skis for the long hike up to the snowand thrilling ride down.

Yakima Valley provides much ofNorth America’s hops production. Sample flavorful finished product at a localcraft brewery. Visit fruit stands for U-pick or just-picked apples and dark redbing cherries.

Popular cities in Washington

Seattle
Seattle
Known for Shopping, Theatre and Museum
From Puget Sound to Mount Rainier, this region offers great outdoor experiences, many cultural attractions and a bustling city life.

Reasons to visit

  • Seattle Central Business District
  • Lake Union
  • Seattle University
La Conner showing street scenes
Mount Vernon
Known for Dining, Ferry and Shopping
Escape to rural Northwest Washington to find a riverfront town with a historic center and fields covered with colorful flowers.

Reasons to visit

  • Skagit Valley Casino
  • Deception Pass State Park
  • Swinomish Casino
Officers Row featuring heritage architecture and a house
Vancouver
Known for Friendly People, Dining and Shopping
Enjoy important historic sites, a thriving arts scene and outdoor adventures in Vancouver, a city nestled under Washington’s stunning mountains.

Reasons to visit

  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  • Esther Short Park
Ocean Shores Beach showing a house and a beach
Aberdeen
Known for Beach View, Sea and Fishing
The Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula is a charming port town surrounded by national forest. It’s widely known as the birthplace of American grunge band Nirvana. 

Reasons to visit

  • Ocean Shores Beach
  • Westport Marina
  • North Jetty
Tacoma showing a city, a bay or harbour and a marina
Tacoma
Known for Shopping, Theatre and Live Music
Visit Tacoma to see stunning glass art and excellent museums. Explore nearby majestic Mount Rainier or a large urban park on Puget Sound. 

Reasons to visit

  • Museum of Glass
  • Tacoma Art Museum
Spokane featuring a city, rapids and a suspension bridge or treetop walkway
Spokane
Known for Dining, River View and Sport
Spokane offers wineries and microbreweries, outdoor activities for the whole family and stunning natural scenery, including a waterfall in the downtown area.