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This Pacific coast state has an undeniable allure. The edgy cities, pristine landscapes and a hopping art scene make Washington ideal for any vacation. Seattle, the largest city, is an eclectic melting pot of culture. Starbucks, Jimi Hendrix and Microsoft have all called it home and have helped define Seattle as a forward-thinking place.
The state's inherent love of nature can be found regardless of where you are. The abundance of natural parks that make up Washington offer a rugged taste of Mother Earth at her finest, providing visitors with excellent kayaking, hiking, fishing and exploring.
Some of the places you will enjoy discovering include:
- Seattle: In this city, quaint coffee shops keep you dry from gloomy skies. Once the rain clears up, head to the top of the Space Needle for quite the view! Later, picnic in the Olympic Sculpture Garden for some of Seattle's finest.
- Olympic National Park: When you have had enough of the big city lights, this breathtaking space is where to head to get in touch with your roots. The UNESCO World Heritage site has managed to retain the setting exactly the way Louis and Clark discovered it in 1806. With 1000-year-old milky blue glacial lakes, this park is worth the adventure.
- Tacoma: This urban city has its pulse on arts and culture and is known for its world-renowned glass artists. Some of the highlights for visitors include watching glass blowers at work in the Museum of Glass and Hot Shop Amphitheater and checking out the animals at the Point Defiance Park Zoo & Aquarium.
- Spokane: As the state's second largest city, Spokane is known for its sunny days and outdoor activities. Riverfront Park is a popular spot with residents and visitors alike since it offers excellent views of the spectacular Spokane Falls.
- Washington Wine Country: The state has over 400 wineries that flow across five regions, the majority of which are situated in the central and south-central regions of Washington. The Columbia River, Walla Walla and Yakima regions are becoming increasingly popular for their releases, and visitors can visit a number of the wineries located in these areas for tours and tastings.
- Vancouver: This city forms part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area and shares the origin of its name with its Canadian counterpart (both are named in honor of Captain George Vancouver). Its downtown area has recently undergone a huge revitalization project that has led the city to become a hub of arts, culture and entertainment.
When visiting the Evergreen State, there are so many sights to see in addition to outdoor activities and the buzz of the big cities. For families, theme parks in Washington State are a big draw. For culture lovers, museums in Washington State definitely make the grade. There are also a number of wedding places in Washington State, which make romantic getaways in Washington State very desirable.
One of the best ways to enjoy all that Washington has to offer is to make yourself at home in a vacation rental of your choice. If you want to be in the center of all the action, you can opt for a condo or apartment rental in downtown Seattle. If spending some quality time with nature is your thing, reserve a wood-side cabin in wine country or near a tranquil waterway. Washington State appeals to every kind of traveler, so no matter where you go or what you do you are bound to have the time of your life.