Washington Vacations

This Great Pacific Northwest state has a unique combination of incredible natural beauty and metropolitan life that make enjoying a wide variety of activities easy and quick. The region around Puget Sound holds most of its population, and is a bustling economic and industrial center. Industries like Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks are based in ... Read more
this area of Washington. Seattle, the state’s largest city, is home to the iconic Space Needle, where onlookers are treated to a beautiful skyline with Mt. Rainer rising in the background. Fishing is great here, and many charters operate out of Seattle and Tacoma. The area to the west of the Puget Sound contains the amazing Olympic Forest region, filled with pine, evergreen, and mosses. There are also miles and miles of great beaches on Washington’s western coast, warm and swimmable during summer. The eastern portion of the state is home to Spokane, and supports a thriving agricultural industry. Washington may not be as high profile as its west coast sister California, but there is still plenty to do and see in the heartland of the Pacific Northwest.

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Yes, Washington is rainy, and though July and August are more reliably rainless, there is no full proof plan for avoiding the drizzle. So what is a visitor to do? Pack your rainjacket and get over it, because ... Read more
Washington has more to offer than its wet weather. Springtime means the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, while September is still mild weather-wise and school is in session, limiting crowds at popular destinations. In the summer, Washingtonians head to the San Juan Islands to see the orca whales, while the mainland livens up with festivals. In the winter, skiers go to the Cascades, and Seattle is still buzzing with things to do, including seeing the opera or fringe theater. The city also offers hotel discounts for travelers willing to endure the city’s drearier months.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

I've only been to Washington a couple times passing through Seattle. From what I've seen it seems like it might be a nice place to live. People from there always tend to be nice and friendly.

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Berkeley, California, USA

Space Needle, no doubt about it. I loved it and recommend it to anyone. If you're in to climbing, you may want to go to the REI to climb their rock wall. You can climb to the top (three stories) or half way.

Santa Clara, California, USA

A state filled with gargantuan sized mountains, such as Mt. Rainier, and endless amounts of evergreen trees, Washington captures the Pacific Northwest in all its frontier glory. It's great. :-)

San Jose, California, USA

Ah Washington, one of the states I grew up in. I just wish you were slightly better in the weather department, otherwise you'd be a great state. The people here are smart and friendly; although a little quiet. I wouldn't mind moving back here only if the weather was better. Inland Washington (Tri City areas and Pullman and Spokane) are not very glamorous. I think someone told me Spokane is an armpit, I'd agree.

Long Beach, Calif.

It's a great and diverse state. Though many people are mostly familiar with the coast and Seattle, the inland areas also provide some interest, where it actually gets really hot sometimes.

San Jose, California

soooo much fun


nice watching the sun being in western horizon



Pocatello, Idaho

Love all the sites.