In the northwest of the United States, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean lies the beautiful state of Washington. It is one of the only three states, which have access to the Pacific coastline. Oregon borders the state to the south and Idaho borders to the east. In addition, the Canadian province of British Columbia neighbors to the north. Finally, the Pacific Ocean commands the western border.

The first president of the United States, George Washington, is the namesake for the state. In 1889, the state was the forty-second to join the United States. Now it is the eighteenth largest state in the country. Due to its similar name, it is often confused with the capital of the United States, Washington D.C. Thus, the state is usually referred to as Washington State or the State of Washington, to be clear.

The capital of the state is Olympia. However, the largest city is Seattle, which has a large metropolitan area. Seattle is a center of business, industry, and transportation. Along with its suburbs, Seattle is home to around 60% of the total state population. 

Natural Beauty Abounds:

The state is full of thick rainforests, mountain ranges, and semi-arid basin lands. The highest point of the state is Mount Rainier, which is almost 14,5oo feet tall. This state is a prominent agricultural region. Moreover, it is a leading producer of apples, pears, apricots, spearmint oil, cherries, asparagus, peas, grapes, peppermint oil and potatoes. In addition, it is also a major producer of lumber. The region is rich in forests full of Douglas fir, various types of pines, hemlock, spruce, cedar, and larch. Also, commercial fishing is a major contributor to the state’s economy.

Washington State is one of the most scenic places in the world and offers a variety of amazing discoveries for those who love to observe the beauty of nature. Ski trails, purple mountains, sparkling seas and amber waves of grain wait for you here. 

Three national parks, 120 state parks, and a number of wilderness areas, recreation areas, and preserves protect the abundant wildlife. Washington is a true haven for watching wildlife while in the great outdoors. Hiking, camping, biking, winter sports, and water sports –  you will find them all in Washington!

November 29, 2016 12:23 pm Published by

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