Washington at a Glance
Washington State includes wet coastal rain forests, miles of sandy beaches, rugged mountains, deep forests and dry agricultural plains. The largest city, Seattle, is located in cool, wet coastal region. Approximately 60 percent of the state's population lives in the Seattle metro area. Seattle is an ethnically diverse city with a considerable population of residents from Asian descent. Diverse art, music and food are some of the things visitors can enjoy when they aren't strolling Seattle's urban parks or riding to the top of the iconic Space Needle.
Many people visit Washington to enjoy the opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Cascades and the Olympic Mountain ranges divide the western, urban part of the state from the more rural eastern part. Visitors to the mountains enjoy skiing and snowboarding, hiking, motorcycling, wildflower viewing and more. The lovely Columbia River flows through Washington and offers opportunities for scenic drives, swimming, boating, fishing and kite-sailing.
In the eastern part of the state, visitors can head to Spokane for an urban visit. The surrounding fields and orchards of Eastern Washington are filled with cherries, peaches, apples, apricots and wheat all of which can be found in grocery stores throughout the nation.