Fronted by a rugged coastline, and dissected by the Cascade Mountains, the state contains numerous wonders of nature including the Columbia River Gorge, Glacier Peak Wilderness, Olympic National Forest and the beautiful bays and islands of Puget Sound. Combined, they offer an incredible collection of vacation attractions for the outdoorsman.
The state's lively cities attract visitors by the millions, and Seattle, famous for its waterfront vistas, and so much more, is a major attraction in the Pacific Northwest. Olympia, Spokane, Yakima and Walla Walla are some of the best loved cities within its borders.As a leading agricultural state, Washington boasts the Chelan, Yakima and Wenatchee valleys, fertile swatches of land that produce the world famous Washington apples.
Pacific Ocean sunset.
A very colorful Washington mushroom.
The Roosevelt elk, also known as Olympic elk, is the largest of the four surviving subspecies of elk in North America. They live in the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.
A busy little squirrel near Mt. Ranier, Washington.
A Washington mountain view.
A stunning sunset along Washington's Olympic National Park.
Algae covered rocks along a Pacific Ocean beach, Washington
Clocktower on Havermale Island, Spokane, Washington stands at 155 feet. This 110 year-old "giant grandfather clock" is wound by hand once a week.
Built in 1990, this 12-foot-high, 27-foot-long Radio Flyer Wagon is the world's largest. It can be seen in Spokane, Washington, and it can hold as many as 300 people.
Snow-covered forest ranger station, Olympic National Park, Washington
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers.
The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles (130 km).
Kirtland Cutter, the renowned 19th century architect, was told to spare no expense in designing the home of mining magnate Patrick "Patsy" Clark in Tacoma, Washington 1898, and he didn't.
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