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Washington (State)
Washington is in the Western United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889.

Washington was named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, and is the only U.S. state named after a president. The area was originally called “Columbia” after the Columbia River; however, to avoid confusion with the District of Columbia, the area was renamed Washington.

The Puget Sound region of the Salish Sea, an inlet of the Pacific consisting of numerous islands, deep fjords, and bays carved out by glaciers. The remainder of the state consists of deep rain forests in the west, mountain ranges in the west, center, northeast and far southeast, and a semi-arid eastern basin.

Access Washington
Welcome to the State of Washington. Locate Washington State Government information and services available on the Web.
Washington State Parks
The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
Office of the Governor
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Suite 200 PO Box 40002 | Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Washington State Ferries
Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States. 22 ferries cross Puget Sound and its inland waterways, carrying over 23 million passengers.

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Washington’s climate varies greatly from west to east. An oceanic climate (also called “west coast marine climate”) predominates in western Washington, and a much drier semi-arid climate prevails east of the Cascade Range. Much of eastern Washington is covered with grassland and shrub-steppe. Western Washington is known for its mild climate, considerable fog, frequent cloud cover and long-lasting drizzles in the winter, and sunny and dry summers.

Washington has a system of state highways as well as an extensive ferry system. There are 16 state airports owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation. Boeing Field and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) are in greater Seattle.

The unique geography of Washington presents exceptional transportation needs. There are extensive waterways in the midst of Washington’s largest cites, including Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and Olympia. The state highways incorporate an extensive network of bridges and the largest ferry system in the United States to serve transportation needs in the Puget Sound area. Washington is home to four of the five longest floating bridges in the world.

The Cascade Mountain Range also provides unique transportation challenges. Washington operates and maintains roads over seven major mountain passes and eight minor passes. During winter months some of these passes are plowed, sanded, and kept safe with avalanche control. Not all are able to stay open through the winter.

University of Washington
Founded in 1861 by a private gift of 10 acres in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the UW is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast.
Steepwater Surf Shop
Steepwater Surf Shop in Westport, WA carries a full line of local and brand name surf and skate gear and accessories We also offer rentals and surfing lessons
Museum of the North Beach
A non profit group with the unified desire to preserve the historical value of the North Beach region of Grays Harbor County, Washington State.
Space Needle, Seattle
Built in 1962, the Space Needle served as the symbol of that year’s World’s Fair. It has since become the symbol of Seattle, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
North West Fishing with Mike O’Neil
13 years guiding experience in nearly 10 different Salmon and Steelhead fisheries. Nobody can offer you the Salmon and Steelhead fishing experience that I DO!!


Washington is a land of contrasts. The deep forests of the Olympic Peninsula, such as the Hoh Rain Forest, are among the only temperate rainforests in the continental United States, but the semi-desert east of the Cascade Range has few trees. Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in the state, is covered with more glacial ice than any other peak in the lower 48 states.

Olympic National Park is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as International Biosphere Reserve. Other places of interest are: North Cascades National Park, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and Hanford Reach National Monument.

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