From snow-capped mountains to the lush temperate rain forests of the coast, Washington is a state of stunning natural beauty that is sure to slowly win you over.
The Cascade Range runs through the heart of the state and its highest point is the mighty Mt Rainier, an ice-capped volcano ringed by subalpine wildflower meadows and cloaked by ancient forest. Covering nearly a million acres of wilderness, Olympic National Park occupies a peninsula in the far northwest and is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the country. It spans rugged glacier-capped mountains, wild Pacific coastline and magnificent old-growth temperate rain forest. The San Juans, an archipelago consisting of over 400 islands, are home to an incredible diversity of marine life and observing the area’s orcas is one of the great wildlife experiences of North America.
The Seattle area, home to sixty percent of the state’s residents, is known for its thriving tech industry, vibrant music scene and famed coffeehouses. It’s a city to leisurely explore rather than rushing to tick off ‘must-see’ sights but landmarks include the futuristic Space Needle; Pike Place, the oldest farmers market in the country; and the unique blown glass sculptures Dale Chihuly.
With a rich farming heritage, over eight hundred wineries and an abundance of fresh seafood, Washington continues to attract world class chefs and rightfully deserves its place on many a culinary bucket list. From historic lodges to charming boutique inns and small luxury hotels, you’ll also stay in style as you travel this beguiling state.