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Washington is the only U.S. state named after a president. Washington is the northwestern-most state of the contiguous United States. Its northern border lies mainly along the 49th parallel, with the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north.

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Seattle, Washington

While Seattle has much to offer visitors on land, there are many great experiences to be had on water, as well. Along with being a top whale-watching destination, Seattle has the country's largest ferry system, glacial lakes offering aquatic recreation, scenic cruises and more …

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» Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

A half-hour's ferry ride from downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island is a relaxing side trip in Puget Sound. The quaint downtown area stretches just a few blocks from the ferry terminal down Winslow Avenue, which is lined with art and antique shops, clothing boutiques, and cafes and restaurants, many of which focus on using regionally-sourced ingredients in their farm-to-table cuisine. Aside from the small commercial district, the majority of the island is residential or rural …

» Ballard District

Ballard District

Head to 'Snoose Junction' (a.k.a. the Ballard District) to experience a thriving and hip waterfront neighborhood that houses some of Seattle's best restaurants, pubs, shops, spas and parks. Since 1853, this historic Scandinavian neighborhood has been cultivating its fashionable image, and now you can walk the busy tree-lined streets and see how all the hard work has paid off. Watch the Ballard locks open and allow ships through, see the Nordic Heritage Museum …

» Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve

Perhaps Seattle's most peaceful and serene place, the Bloedel Reserve is an internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve known for providing visitors a much needed reprieve from the urban jungle of downtown Seattle. The Reserve's 150 acres are a unique blend of painstakingly manicured gardens and green, lush forestry that harken back to Asian palaces. These grounds also include a Moss Garden, and Japanese Garden, a Reflection Pool …

» Boeing Space and Flight Center

Boeing Space and Flight Center

Through the interactive learning zones of the Future of Flight Aviation Center Gallery, you'll learn just how far we've come in aviation design and where we're headed to in the future. The Boeing Tour is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view 747, 767, 777, and 787 jets being assembled right before your eyes.The museum has a gift shop, restaurant, and a library dedicated to aviation. Begin your journey in the Airplane Design Zone …

» Cascade Range

Cascade Range

Also known as The Cascades, the Cascade Range runs for over 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) from British Columbia in Canada through Washington and Oregon to California. It's part of the Pacific mountain system of western North America as well as the Ring of Fire, which is a ring of volcanoes and mountains around the Pacific Ocean. Interestingly, all the recorded volcanic eruptions in the United States' history have come from volcanoes in the Cascades …

» Chittenden Locks & Fish Ladder

Cascade Range

Nature certainly has its miracles and you can see one of its highlights at the Chittenden Locks & Fish Ladder, locally known as the Ballard Locks, where you can see salmon fighting their way to their spawning grounds in the Cascade headwaters of the Sammamish River, which feeds Lake Washington. Watching the salmon climb the fish ladder is pretty exciting. You can watch the fish from underwater glass-sided tanks or from above …

» Elliott Bay

Elliott Bay

Many know Seattle to be located upon the Puget Sound, but the specific body of water upon which Seattle sits is none other than the great Elliot Bay. And because Elliot Bay is the most prevalent source of water when visiting Seattle, it is part-and-parcel to the inner fabric of the 'city by the sound.' From the original Duwamish peoples that lived here, to the locals that come enjoy the Elliot Bay Park along the waterfront, Elliot Bay is part of the culture …

» EMP Museum

EMP Museum

If Seattle takes credit for the birth of the grunge movement and thus leading garage bands into what is now all-star rock fame, then it only serves as fair that the museum dedicated to all things rock and roll be located in Seattle's boundaries. For a city that loves music, the Experience Music Project was a foregone conclusion. Attached to and now incorporated with the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, a trip to the EMP Museum offers more than an introspective into passing memorabilia …

» Fremont District

Fremont District

Touting itself as the 'Center of the Known Universe,' it's hard to beat this signature Seattle neighborhood's charms. Known for a funky, irreverent, imaginative environment, Fremont is a bastion of Seattle creative-types and a hotbed for interesting Seattle landmarks. See the Fremont Troll - a giant concrete troll molded under the Aurora Bridge, a slew of murals painted across walkways and bridges throughout the area, the controversial and engaging Vladimir Lenin statue in Fremont's commercial district …

» Lake Washington

Lake Washington

More than just the second largest lake in all of Washington State, Lake Washington defines Seattle as a town intimately tied to the water, and it's here that residents come to connect with their natural surroundings. Plenty of shoreline let visitors swim, picnic, hunt for clams and crawfish, and just generally relax and play. Floating platforms allow swimmers to rest and sunbathe, and the Madrona Park is a nice wooded area that slopes down to the beach …

» Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

The majestic Mount Rainier, the US 4th-highest peak outside Alaska, is also one of its most beguiling. Encased in the 953-sqkm Mount Rainier National Park, the mountain's snow-capped summit and forest-covered foothills harbor numerous hiking trails, a wide range of sub-alpine flora and fauna, and an alluring conical peak that presents a formidable challenge for aspiring climbers. In the higher elevations, snow covers much of the Mount Rainier year round …

» Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens

On the morning of May 18th, 1980, the largest terrestrial landslide in recorded history punched a 1300 foot hole in the side of Mount St. Helens and rained fire and ash at a speed of 300 mph down the mountainside. 30 years later, this amazing display of Mother Earth's power is still visible at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument where numerous trails extend throughout the park and give visitors an up-close and personal view of lava plains …

» Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Competing with neighboring Mt. Rainier National Park as the pinnacle of Northwestern outdoor activities, Olympic National Park boasts over 1,400 square miles (almost a million acres) of teaming tide-pools, alpine glacial lakes, and wildflower-filled lowland meadows. Hiking, camping, kayaking, fly-fishing, and mountaineering are all popular pastimes here, and the simple pleasures of the moss-draped Olympic National Park are prevalent …

» Olympic Sculpture Park

Olympic Sculpture Park

One of the many expanses of open greenery in Seattle, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a wide swath of open space aimed at providing the people of Seattle an easily-accessible park in which to view some of the greatest modern sculptures of our time. Arguably much more of a park than a museum, Olympic Sculpture Park plays host to numerous social activities, dances, and public performances throughout the year. People come here to walk or jog the hiking path …

» Original Starbucks

Original Starbucks

The most famous coffeehouse in the world, Starbucks got its start in downtown Seattle, and now the city is practically synonymous with java and good cups of joe. While Starbucks locations everywhere serve the signature blends that have made the company world-famous, there are some unique attractions that make this particular Starbucks special - the same elements that harken back to the early days of Pike Place Market …

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Coffee, airplanes, the Mariners and trees, trees, trees - Washington is the Evergreen State and has a lot to offer the visitor, both indoors and out. Seattle is the obvious starting point - most visitors arrive at Sea-Tac airport. From here, it's easy to strike out into the mountains and rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula, head to the rugged coastline or go inland toward the agricultural centers of Yakima, the wine country around Walla Walla or the feat of engineering that is the Grand Coulee Dam …

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