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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.
Introducing DISCOVER WASHINGTON NOW, the RV and tent campers visual guide to Washington State parks. Three to five minute videos of each Park guide you through which park meets the needs of your camping adventure. Categories such as "parks near lakes" or " parks with hiking trails" allow you to look at only those parks you are interested in and to learn about parks you may have never seen or heard about. No more wondering what the park will look, sounds and feels like. No more. Enjoy making your next camping destination choice from the comfort of your home. www.DiscoverWashingtonNow.com
Washington State Department of Information Services (DIS) site, designed to provide a coordinated view of government information and services.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
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.
Washington State Symbols
Images and history of the the state's symbols.
by Washington Tourism Alliance
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.
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.
National Weather Service - Washington
The office is responsible for forecast and warning coverage of the western Washington area. Includes clickable location map.
Warnings for Washington
Live weather warnings, watches, forecasts and images from the National Weather Service's (NWS) internet data source.
The Weather Channel - Washington
Today's weather and a 5-day forecast for over 35 towns and cities in Washington.
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.
Benchmark Washington Road & Recreation Atlas, 6th Edition by Benchmark Map. Field-checked Landscape Maps(tm) show complete road detail. The revised recreation guide is organized by categories such as attractions and activities. The metro map section covers the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. Order now...
Frommer's Washington State, 7th Edition by Karl Samson. This expert author tells you where to find great places to stay in every price range, the best outdoor recreation and much more. Utilize the planning tools to maximize your next adventure in the Evergreen State. 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 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...
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...
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, 3rd Edition: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Harriet Baskas. Discover all of the unique landmarks, quirky and offbeat people and odd places that the Evergreen State has to offer along with local humor and a little trivia. Order now...
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