Washington State: what to see in the US state
Located on the border with Canada, the state of Washington offers picturesque landscapes to discover, national parks and cities to visit as Seattle.
Travel in Washington state
Washington is located in the north-west of the US and is one of the 50 states of the Union. Has as capital Olympia while the city the greater Seattle. Is named in honor of President George Washington.
To the west, this state is bathed by the Pacific Ocean while on land bordered by Oregon, Idaho and Canada. E ‘route from north to south by the mountains of the Cascade Range that divides it in two. The Palouse region, located in the southeastern part of the state, was once a simple and green grassland while today has been transformed into a large part in extensive agricultural land cultivated.
The remaining part to the east of Washington is covered with forests and heavily engraved by a mountain landscape. The mountains of the Cascade Range are distinguished by the presence of several volcanoes with considerable altitude and among them we can mention the Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams.
Mount Rainier, located a hundred kilometers south-east of Seattle, is also the highest peak of the state with its 4,392 m that has the highest number of glaciers in the United States. Thanks to its location on the Pacific Ocean and the ports of the Puget Sound this state plays a very important role in logistics in the maritime trade with Alaska, Canada and other countries bordering the Pacific.
The Western Washington presents a climatic characteristics influenced by the ocean that helps to make the mild climate with rainy winters rich and hot dry summers, are part of the landscape of lush green forests of conifers. The Eastern Washington has a rather dry climate that makes some areas of semi-arid to arid steppes and deserts classified as respectively.
There are several national parks, including Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park and Olympic National Park along with a number of National Forests. More protected areas are very interesting the Columbia River Gorge, the National Nature Reserve of Lake Chelan, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the National Nature Reserve of Lake Ross, the Alpine Lakes, Glacier Peak, Goat Rocks, the Norse Peak, Mount Baker, the Pasayten and the Olympic.
There are also areas of military importance as Fort Lewis, McChord Air Force Base, Naval Base Kitsap, Hanford and the training center of Yakima. There are also many Indian reservations among which there are the tribes of Spokane and Quinault.