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.