Washington Scenic Byways
The Evergreen State
Washington state is located in the Pacific Northwest and is often confused for Washington, D.C.. This is not surprising, given that both areas are named for The United States’ first president.
Washington’s geographical landscape is dominated by the lumber industry, as well as its proximity to nearby mountain ranges. Mount Rainier, an active stratovolcano, is the most topographically prominent mountain in the entire contiguous United States and is a stunning 14,411 feet (4,392 meters) tall. As if this isn’t a reason enough to visit this incredible state, Washington is home to the Seattle area, which is known for its cultural landmarks, as well as its urban entertainment centers.
Washington is an interesting state in that it combines both agricultural industries and manufacturing industries in its economic portfolio, leading to it being one of the wealthiest states in the country. Of course, there’s more to the state than just the average income of its inhabitants. Washington prioritizes protecting its environment, giving you a large tract of the natural world to explore within this state. All you need is time and a good set of tires and you can take it all in.
It is interesting to note that Washington is the only state named after a president. This state was originally going to be named Columbia, but after some pointed out the similarity between this and the District of Columbia, the state was simply named Washington. As with every other area of the United States, what is now the state of Washington had many established tribes of Native Americans.
The first Europeans to arrive on the shores of this state were from Spain, but as with many other areas in The United States, ownership transitioned between several European countries, before passing hands to the British. Thanks to the Oregon Treaty, the area that would become Washington state was ceded to the United States in 1846. However, it would not become a state until 1889. Early Washington depended a lot on the lumber industry for its economy, a trait that has carried into the modern-day. One interesting fact is that Washington is one of the largest growers of wine in the entire United States, second only to California.
No matter if you find yourself traveling to Washington to look at the largest mountain in the contiguous United States, or if you’re looking to experience your own version of “Sleepless in Seattle,” a visit to Washington state is well worth the drive. And of course, those who are fans of the Twilight book series can always make a quick stop at Forks, Washington along the way. No matter what drives you to visit Washington, you’re sure to enjoy your stay here and find yourself planning your next trip long before you leave.