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Only US state to be named after a president. George Washington, the first president of the US.
Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane
Coast (Pink) Rhododendron
71,302 square miles
176,477 square km
(18th largest US state)
Mt. Rainier, 14,410 feet
Indian word for
"Bye and bye"
Admitted to Union
November 11, 1889
(as 42nd US state)
Here you will find key information for planning your next visit or vacation in Washington State. Some of this information has been developed by authors of this web site. Other information is in the form of external links that point to other webs about Washington State. Explore links and descriptions below to find information crucial to planning a trouble free trip, including weather reports, transportation, travel guides, and Washington State government websites.
Washington State Department of Information Services (DIS) site, designed to provide a coordinated view of government information and services.
Twenty units of the National Park System in Washington, Oregon and Idaho make up the Columbia Cascades Cluster.
Washington Department of Fish
Fish, shell-fishing and hunting tips and regulations. Wildlife viewing, management, endangered species, dos and don'ts in cougar and black bear country, and habitat restoration.
Washington Real-Time Water Resources Data
This US Geological Survey web site has clickable maps to graphs or tables of flow and stage data from stations in over 20 river basins. Useful boating information.
State On-line Travel Information
This is the Washington State Tourism Division site. Information on accommodation, attractions, events, and links to State Visitor Information Centers.
Washington State Parks
Only about half of the state parks take campsite reservations, the rest are on a first come, first served basis. You can make a reservation up to 11 months in advance, the best time to call being September through April when the phone lines are mostly clear. (A Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission web site.)
Outdoor Recreation Pages (GORP)
Covers activities and attractions in Washington.
Camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, skiing, in Washington.
Travel In Washington
A lodging and travel guide for Washington state featuring a travel planner, best places and outdoor fun.
A brochure-style site with pages on Bellingham/Whatcom County, Grays Harbor County, Kitsap Peninsula, and Snohomish County.
Official site of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Features way-finding aids, tourist links, transportation updates and the latest details on projects and plans.
Provides traveler information on the SeaTac International Airport including ground transportation services, hotel and airline information, and a directory of tourist services.
Door to door ground transportation operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and averages only three stops per van. A van can meet you curbside at your airline and drop you off at a private home, hotel or office.
The Ferry Traveller
Site provides an overview of the coast, destination schedules for each of the routes plied by Washington State Ferries, Alaska Ferries, BC Ferries and the 7 Independent ferry systems plying the coastal waters of the Canadian West Coast and the US Pacific Northwest. It also aims to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about ferry travel.
Official web site has schedules, fares, route maps, fleet guide, news, tourist and travel info, wait times, events, and photos. With over twenty-five ferries, it is the largest ferry fleet in the United States, annually carrying over 23million passengers to 20different ports of call.
Washington State Mountain Pass Reports
Seasonal. Provides reports on Washington State's mountain pass highways.
Weather Service - Washington
The office is responsible for forecast and warning coverage of the western Washington area. Includes clickable location map.
Storm Warnings for Washington
Live weather warnings, watches, forecasts and images from the National Weather Service's (NWS) internet data source.
This University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Science, probably has more weather data than you want to know. Includes local, regional and national information and links for forecasts, radar imagery, satellite imagery and climatology. Has a brief recap of the daily forecast for the state provided by the National Weather Service office in Seattle.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Frommer's Washington State. by Karl Samson. In this detailed and completely up-to-date guide, you'll find great places to stay in every price range: sleek Seattle business hotels, romantic coastal inns, historic B&Bs, family-friendly motels, rustic cabins, and more. more. Order now...
Moon Washington, 9th Edition. by Ericka Chickowski. From urban cities to rural towns, this native gives an insider's perspective on everything the Evergreen State has to offer featuring great places to eat, scenic drives and volunteer vacations. Discover Seattle's arts and culture, climbing Mt. Rainier, sleeping in a train car near Elbe and much more. Order now...
Great Places: Washington: A Recreational Guide to Washington's Public Lands and Historic Places for Birding, Hiking, Photography, Fishing, Hunting and Camping by John Kruse. The geology, animal and plant life, and history of Washington's most-storied and scenic locales, including the best local lodging and amenities are explained in this full color guide. Order now...
Washington River Maps & Fishing Guide by Doug Rose. Detailed maps covering over 1200 miles of river. Included for each river are the best seasons, species, available illustrated fishing methods, best flies and best gear for individual rivers and species, fly hatches, knots, launches, parks, number of hookups per year, size of runs, parks, services, guides. Order now...
Washington Off the Beaten Path, 9th Edition (Off the Beaten Path Series) by Chloe Ernst. This book features the unique things to see and do from quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions and unique finds to local dining. Travel off the beaten path for a one of a king experience. Order now...
Hiking Washington's History by Judy Bentley. Each chapter begins with an overview of the region's history followed by individual trail narratives and historical highlights. Quotes from diaries, journals, letters, and reports, plus contemporary and historic photographs, describe sites and trails from Washington's past. Each trail description includes a map and directions. Order now...
Weird Washington: Your Travel Guide to Washington's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets. by Jefferson Davis and Al Eufrasio. An offbeat journey through Washington's hidden history, macabre mysteries, funky folklore, and strange sights. From Sasquatch to Stonehenge, from ghosts to Goddess Kring, it's a trip you won't soon forget! Order now...
Washington Curiosities, 2nd: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Harriet Baskas. Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Evergreen State has to offer. Order now...
Washington Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Evergreen State by Harriet Baskas. 50 essays and more than 100 color photographs comprise this celebration of the Evergreen State's people, places, inventions, and other iconic and unique elements that make up the great state. Order now...
1000 Places Washington: 1000 Things to Do, See, and Experience in Washington State for the Intrepid Adventurer by April Borbon. Written by a freelance writer born and raised in Washington, this book shows one thousand things to see and do from museums to tourist attractions to food experiences. Learn some history and find new adventures. Order now...
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