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The northwest state of Washington is one of the most diverse states in the
United States. The "Evergreen State" captivates in addition to its huge green
forest areas with miles of beaches along the Pacific Ocean, snow-capped
mountains, dry deserts, rocky river valleys and climbable volcanoes.
Attractions in Washington.
Washington is named after the first American president and is known to many
people primarily by Seattle - one of the most beautiful cities in the
world. Companies such as Starbucks and Microsoft as well as the first-class
music scene carried their products from here to the world. The Space Needle, the
structural symbol of the city, also became famous in Germany through series such
as "Grey's Anatomy".
The state of Washington excites above all with its impressive and diverse
natural landscapes. With the Olympic, the North Cascades and the Mt. Rainier
National Park, there are three national parks in Washington, which could hardly
be more different and are highly recommended as excursion destinations.
Washington offers enough points of contact to spend a vacation of several
weeks here. It is said that even the locals have by no means seen all the
highlights in their region because there are simply too many. Convince yourself
and travel to the "Evergreen State".
Highlights in Washington
- Olympic National Park
The Olympic National Park delights on the one hand with its rainforest and
on the other hand with the breathtaking coast of the Olympic Peninsula.
- Mount Rainier National Park
The almost 4,400 meter high Rainier dominates the National Park of the same
name with its white tip. Many hiking trails and the park road lead to the
highlights of the park.
- North Cascades National Park
Especially along Diablo Lake, which lies between the mountain ranges of the
North Cascades, there are tourist-developed areas of the otherwise difficult
to access National Park.
- San Juan Islands
The archipelago in the north on the border with Canada is a real revelation,
especially for those seeking relaxation and nature lovers.
- Mount St. Helens
The volcano erupted in 1980 completely devastated its surroundings. Today,
the slowly regenerating environment is therefore a symbol of the forces of
Cities worth seeing
The city's most famous landmark is the Seattle Space Needle, which was built
in 1962 for the World's Fair.
The pretty town at the southern end of Puget Sound is the capital of
Bellingham is the ideal base for a detour to Mount Baker on the edge of
North Cascades National Park or to explore the diverse islands of the San
Yakima is best known for the surrounding excellent wine-growing areas.
Washington's second largest city is best known for its two striking
waterfalls, Upper and Lower Spokane Falls.
State Facts & Figures
Area: 184,665 kmē
Population: approx. 6,720,000 (36 per kmē)
Capital: Olympia (approx.46,000 pe)
Highest point: Mt. Rainier (4,392 m)
State Bird: American Goldfinch
State flower: Coast Rhododendron
State tree: Western Hemlock
Taxes: State Sales Tax: 6.5%
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (CET -9 hours)
Festivals & events in Seattle
Seattle hosts numerous events, concerts, festivals and other events every
year that you shouldn't miss as a visitor. For you we have listed the most
important and most beautiful events in 2017, which will enrich
your vacation in Seattle.
Seattle, March 23-26: Taste Washington - Taste
Washington. With this motto, representatives of 235 wineries, 65 restaurants and
over 60 suppliers of other culinary refinements will be in Seattle for the 20th
time this year. The aim is to present you the distinctive taste of this
region. Four days full of wine tastings and tastings - no gourmet should miss
Upstream Music Fest + Summit
Seattle, May 11-13: Be there when Seattle celebrates the
sound of the Northwest during the 3-day Upstream Music Fest + Summit. For over
three days, more than 200 artists will be listening to the audience on more than
25 stages around Pioneer Square. About 75% of the artists come from the
northwest of the USA / Canada because the festival wants to promote the
development of a distinctive regional sound.
Ski to Sea
Bellingham, May 28: The Ski to Sea, which takes place
annually around Bellingham, is one of the most spectacular races in the world: 8
team members fight in succession in 8 different disciplines from the steep
slopes of the 3,300 m high Mt.Baker to the water of Bellingham Bay through one a
total of 150 km of trails in Whatcom County. The various disciplines include:
cross skiing, downhill skiing, running, cycling, canoeing, mountain biking and
Seattle, June - August: Summer in Seattle - that means it's
Seafair time again! The non-profit festival has been part of Seattle's summer
ritual since 1950. Over 75 mostly maritime events take place over eight weeks
during the Seafair. Highlights include: the kickoff event, a rock 'n' roll
marathon, a triathlon, the Torchlight Parade, a hydroplane race and a
demonstration of the “Blue Angels” aerobatic team.
Seattle, September 1st - 3rd: The Bumbershoot Music and Art
Festival takes place every year on Labor Day Weekend in Seattle. Thousands of
music fans and art lovers from all over the world gather for three days at the
Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World's Fair, and listen to the numerous
high-class bands in the shadow of the Space Needle and enjoy exciting
exhibitions and presentations.
Mount Rainier, Washington
Mount Rainier is the iconic landmark of the Pacific Northwest. It already
beautifies the horizon of downtown Seattle and is often cited as representative
of the breathtaking expanse of nature in the state of Washington. It is no
wonder that the almost 4,400 meter high volcano is one of the most popular
excursion destinations in the region. But don't worry, an eruption of Mount
Rainier, which last erupted in the mid-19th century, is no longer to be
feared. Instead, the nature around the mountain will inspire you. Due to its
sheer size, there are various vegetation zones on Mount Rainier: the dense
rainforest, the lush mountain forests, the extensive forest and meadow
landscapes and the eternally snow-covered crown of the volcano.
Mount Rainier offers a different and fascinating sight in every season. Hike
along the paths lined with colorful spring flowers, stroll through green summer
forests - or marvel at the autumn-colored landscape. Take a steam locomotive
ride between the towns of Elbe and Mineral through the forests around Mount
Rainier. Pass mighty waterfalls and discover views that spectacularly add a
whole new dimension to the term.
One thing you shouldn't forget when visiting Mount Rainier: your
camera! Countless animal and plant species and fantastic photo opportunities
Highlights in Mount Rainier National Park
- Mount Rainier Railroad
The Mount Rainier Railroad connects the cities of Elbe and Mineral. A
railway museum with various steam locomotives awaits you in Mineral. Let the
beautiful nature pass by the train window and discover new horizons.
- Chrystal Mountain Resort
A few miles from Mount Rainier is Crystal Mountain. Here you should
definitely climb Mt. Rainier Gondola and drive to the summit. From here you
have a breathtaking view of Rainier and numerous opportunities for outdoor
- Scenic Byway Loop
If you want to go exploring by car, the Scenic Byways Loop is the way to
go. This will take you to two of Washington's most popular Scenic Byways,
Chinook Byway and White Pass Scenic Byway. A trip that you will remember
- Places & Attractions
Around the Mt. Rainier National Park there are numerous small towns that are
worth visiting. You will also find cheap accommodation here for quick access
to the park.
- Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Just outside of Rainier National Park and north of Eatonville is the
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. In addition to many animals that live in
natural surroundings, such as black bears, gray wolves, lynxes or grizzly
bears, adventurous can also take a tour of the treetops in the Zip Wild
Information about Mount Rainier National Park
Foundation: March 1899
Area: 872 kmē
Highest point: Mt. Rainier (approx. 4,392 m)