When people think of Washington, they usually think of Washington D.C., on the East Coast. But there is another Washington, a spectacular state on the West Coast, and it is worth a visit.
Probably the most famous place to visit is the city of Seattle. Two things come immediately to mind:
1) The Space Needle
2) The TV show Frasier, which was situated in Seattle, and was famous with its introduction which highlighted the skyline of the city.
But along with those two, the list below shows a list of some of Washington State’s most iconic attractions.
THE SPACE NEEDLE / SEATTLE
Built in 1962, for $5 Million, it was recently revamped for $100 Million.
THE SEATTLE MONORAIL / SEATTLE
There are so many attractions in Seattle, and many of them are found near the monorail’s stations.
The monrail has two stations:
– Westlake Center Station, at 5th Avenue and Pine Street
– Seattle Center Station, adjacent to the Space Needle
Nearby are the:
THE PIKE PLACE MARKET / SEATTLE
Pike Place Market, open since 1907, is a public market, and one of Seattle’s most famous attactions.
It overlooks the waterfront on Elliot Bay. Pike Place Market has a farmer’s market, fresh fish, as well as handicraft stores. It is the most visited attraction in Seattle, and the 33rd most visited attraction in the world.
One of the oldest continually operating farmers’ markets in the U.S. (est. 1907), this nine-acre National Historic District is famous for kitschy Seattle souvenirs, salmon-throwing fishmongers, and its “gum wall” installation art. The many seafood restaurants include Market Grill and Emmett Watson’s for oysters. It’s just down the street from one of the original Starbucks—complete with an early-edition logo featuring a more, er, risqué mermaid.
Tacoma is 32 miles southwest of Seattle, but don’t let its satellite-of-Seattle status dissuade you from visiting Tacoma. The city started a downtown revival in the 1990s.
POINT DEFIANCE AQUARIUM / TACOMA
The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma has just had a makeover. What a wonderful place to bring the grandkids.
To describe Mount Ranier best, let’s quote the National Park Service.
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
Mount Ranier can be seen from both Seattle and Tacoma. And Mount Ranier National Park has skiing (Click Here)!
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
The Olympic National Park is near Port Angeles on Puget Sound. Both Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt had much to do with the founding of Olympic National Park. It is now considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
We should not forget Eastern Washington State, near Idaho, which is home to the jewel city of Spokane, which has
– Spokane Falls
– Riverfront Park
– Manito Park and Botanical Gardens
– Riverside State Park, which is a wonderful forest.
Of course, this is a very short list.
Washington State is, as noted, spectacular, and well worth your visit.
YouTube – Seattle’s Space Needle gets $100M+ makeover
YouTube – Seattle Center Monorail Fun Facts Video
25 Best Places to Visit in Washington State
Wikipedia – Pike Place Market
The World’s Most-visited Tourist Attractions – Travel and Leisure
YouTube – Top 10 Things to Experience When You Visit Tacoma
YouTube – Pacific Seas Aquarium Opens in 15 Days!
National Park Service – Mount Ranier
YouTube – Take a Closer Look at Mt. Rainier
YouTube – Olympic National Park
YouTube – Best places to visit – Spokane, Washington
Wikipedia – Manito Park and Botanical Gardens