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Five Must See Places In Washington State

Updated on July 23, 2015
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I am the first to admit that I am a bit hard on Washington State because of its weather. When it takes a couple months to get the mildew out of your clothes one tends to lose proper perspective. However, since I have lived here for fifty-eight of my sixty-three years I think we can state with certainty that I must love it here.

Living in Western Washington is to be spoiled on a daily basis. Temperatures for the most part are mild and extreme weather is highly unusual. We are surrounded by scenery that could easily seem like Nirvana to people from other parts of the world. Lush evergreen forests, abundant lakes and rivers, the Pacific Ocean and mountains seemingly everywhere, all add up to an abundance of riches that we natives tend to take for granted.

With summer approaching I thought I would take a few minutes and point out some of the magnificent sights that are found in our state, places that really should be included on any itinerary if vacationing here. Each one listed has been seen by this author. This is not an article written by a casual observer nor is it written by a paid-for-hire travel writer who has never been to our state. Rather it is written by someone who has traveled the back roads of Washington since he was a teen many years ago.

If you are coming to our fair state this summer I will tell you what I tell all visitors: make sure you visit after July 5th. People tend to think I am joking about this but please believe me that I am dead serious. Summer weather really does not arrive until after the 4th of July. Once it does arrive it is usually magnificent for the most part through July and August, but those who come before July 5th may be in for some of our traditional summer rain.

With that warning out of the way I give you five must-see sights in Washington State.

MOUNT RAINIER

We have other mountains in this state; in fact, we have quite a few, but none compares to the ever-present sentinel that has become the most recognized symbol of our state. There are those who live in parts of Eastern Washington who do not have the opportunity to see Mt. Rainier daily but for those of us close to the Cascade Mountain Range, Mt. Rainier IS the defining feature of our landscape.

At 14,410 feet it is the highest point in Washington State and on a clear day it dominates the horizon, a beautiful dormant volcano that still brings a smile to the face of this author even after all these years. Two visitor centers are available for tourists and locals. Sunrise Visitor Center is accessible from July 1st through the end of September and can be reached using I-90 and Highway 12. The most popular access to the Park is through the Nisqually Entrance along Highway 706 and then following the road to Longmire and Paradise. This center is open year round and roads are maintained making winter access quite easy.

The Park has hundreds of miles of maintained trails and during July and August even the higher trails have lost most of their snow cover. Choose a trail that suits your level of experience and go for a walk among towering firs and pines or drive up to Paradise and enjoy a great meal while looking at one of the prettiest mountains you will ever see. Whatever you choose to do it Mt. Rainier is a must for any visitor to Washington State.

SAN JUAN ISLANDS

Nestled in the northwest corner of our state is an archipelago of 172 islands called the San Juan Islands and it is a wonder to behold. Home to the largest population of bald eagles in the contiguous United States and also home to three pods of Killer Whales (Orcas) this area is a Nature-lovers paradise.

Ferries leave daily for a delightful trip to the islands and six of the islands are accessible by ferry. Once on the islands you will find quaint little towns and villages where you can relax over a fine meal. Kayaks are also available for rent for the more adventuresome among you and the fishing is excellent. If one is truly brave there are a number of places to swim but be forewarned, the waters of Puget Sound are always chilly and only the truly brave-of-heart go for a dip to cool off.

GRAND COULEE DAM

Built in 1933 this gravity dam on the Columbia River is 550 feet tall and the largest hydroelectricity producer in the United States. Located in north central Washington State this monument to man’s engineering prowess is truly spectacular. Its location is a bit off the beaten path and as such is never overflowing with tourists, and the barren lands of Eastern Washington are in stark contrast to the lush forests found in the western part of the state. Still, it is a sight well-worth seeing.

This is a recreational haven for those who love to fish, boat, camp and swim. The temperatures of Eastern Washington are consistently higher than on the west side so plan on enjoying all of the outdoor activities that are available near the dam. Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir created by the dam, is 130 miles long and has been designated as a National Recreation Area.

HOH RAINFOREST

Considering the amount of rain we receive in Washington it might not come as any surprise that we are home to the Hoh Rainforest. Located on the Olympic Peninsula, the Hoh is one of the few temperate rainforests in the contiguous United States.

Do you want rain? How about over twelve feet of rain during a normal year! This area is dominated by the Sitka Spruce and Western Red Cedar, some of which stand over 300 feet tall. If you are interested in vegetation seen nowhere else in the United States and enough birds to make any birdwatcher delirious with happiness, then the Hoh is the place for you.

MT. ST. HELENS

On May 18, 1980, the deadliest volcanic eruption in the history of the United States occurred on Mt. St. Helens in Southwest Washington State. When all the rockin’ and rollin’ had stopped the mountain had shrunk from 9,677 feet in elevation to 8,365 feet. Entire old-growth forests were leveled and the surrounding landscape looked very much like the moon.

Today, thirty-two years later, the area is recovering nicely and it is a remarkable place to spend the day. Visit the above-ground Ape Cave or stroll along the Lava Canyon where mud once flowed from the eruption destroying everything in its path. For the more adventurous why not climb to the summit of the mountain, certainly doable for anyone in good physical condition and it does not require technical climbing skills. Round trip to the summit and back takes about ten hours.

SO MUCH MORE

Washington truly is a beautiful state if I do say so myself. I may be a bit prejudiced but not by much; I have visited thirty-five states over the years and few can hold a candle to my home state.

I restrained myself from listing more than five sites. I easily could have added the North Cascades Highway, Deception Pass, the Columbia River Gorge and many, many more, but those will have to wait for another day.

I hope you get the chance to visit us one day but please, just visit. We really don’t want our population increasing. We will be polite, courteous and helpful during your visit but if you mention that you might move here we can quickly become a rather surly group. If you lived where we live you would be just as protective of Washington as we are.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)


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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      I am considering doing a road trip with my friends and I think I'll persuade them to going to Washington state! These sights are just absolutely gorgeous! And by the way, bill, I will promise you that i won't move there (lol).

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KD, let me know when and I'll buy you a cup of coffee and we can meet firsthand...as long as you don't move here. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, excellent, excellent Hub. You have done your state proud. I've been to 3 of your 5, Rainier (4 times), Mount St. Helens (3 times) and the San Jaun Islands (3 times) and I would return to any of them in aheart beat. We made it to Hurrican Ridge in Olympic NP once but never got all the way to the Hoh rainforest. Would love to see the Coulee Dam someday. Washington is a beautiful place, you are lucky to be able to call it home. My brother and his family live out there so that's why we get to visit so often. Great job, voting up, sharing and everything else. Bill

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      kingmaxler 5 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      Unfortunately, you make this state sound lovely and we must remind everyone that the rainfall is such on the west side of the mountains that your feet will become webbed while the east side of the Cascades is arid and inhospitable. So, those of you who think it is all loveliness I warn you of the terrors that await those who live here.(Bill, I hope I have dissuaded any and all to not even dream of establishing roots here. We need to keep the influx of homo sapiens to a bare minimum.)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bev, LMAO! I couldn't have said it any better myself. hahahahaha...that should do the trick alright!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bdegiulio, thank you! Let's keep it our secret though, okay? We don't want millions thinking about moving here! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      We spent several weeks on the Olympic Peninsula a few years ago, and it was fantastic! Reading you hubs, I'm just sorry that we didn't take time to visit Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. I know we really missed out! On the other hand, our time spent RVing and exploring the Olympic Peninsula, Hoh Rainforest and Hurricane Ridge made the whole trip worth while! Thanks for a great look at Washington state!

      BTW, we were there in August and early September -- the weather was perfect!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for confirming Stephanie! You picked the perfect time to travel through our state. Unlike a lot of the country we have our hottest weather in July and August is usually pretty darn comfortable. I'm glad you enjoyed the trip.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Q: You know how you can be sure that someone is a faithful follower???

      A: When they read your hub, even though the chances they would ever go to Washington State to visit the "must see" are SLIM TO NONE.

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks for the treat. Spent four of the best years of my life at Ft. Lewis, WA. I think about it every August when Washington State is the best place to be in America - probably the only enjoyable place to be that late in the summer.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I'd love to visit Washington State again. Only been to Seattle for a day before heading to Canada. There is so much more I'd like to see. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! Voted up and awesome! Take care, Kelley

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for this great hub...such a beautiful state and would really love to visit one day...never dream of moving in of course!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I have to admit, you may have moved up to the top spot on my faithful follower list with this most recent show of faithfulness.

      Slim to none? Well, at least slim is something! Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathleen, you may be right about August here....while other places are melting we actually start to feel Fall in the air by mid-August. Glad you enjoyed this and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Kelley, I hope you get that chance. We have a lot to show you! Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, maybe we can have some sort of foreign exchange because I would love to visit Australia one day. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Now that's definitely something to think about, great idea...

      We have family in Sacramento and hope to get back there some time in the not too distant future...Oh and thank you so much for the follow :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      What a beautiful state! I didn't realize that it had so many lovely places to visit. Even Mt Saint Helen's with the volcanic steam looks stately. I would enjoy a visit there some day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, you are very welcome. I look forward to following you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teaches, this may be one of the most diverse states in the nation. We have just about everything except warm ocean water. Thank you as always for taking the time to stop by.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I read a book by John Walsh 'Time is short and water rises' in early 1980s. Now that book was about saving 10,000 animals in Suriname due to a dam being built in the 1960s. The title of the book referred to the critical nature of the rescue. But I think this phrase reflects upon our travelling lives. There is so much to see in our average duration of life. Some destinations of Washington surely are not to be missed.

      Very well researched hub and timely too.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Beautiful Bill!!! I can't wait to make my trip to Washington :) My brother will be working days so that will leave me with plenty of time to sight-see.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, it is a beautiful area to live. I need to see if I can find that book you mentioned. Sounds interesting! Thank you for stopping by again.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So Ardie, when is your trip? I hope we can get together for a little while. Thanks my friend!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have to make it back to Washington one of these days as I really miss so many thing about it. Mount Rainier was one place I went at least twice a month. Oh how I miss those mountains. I lived there when Mt. St. Helens erupted and remember getting up in the morning and all the cars were covered in ash.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I didn't know you had so many fascinating things to see! My middle daughter wants to visit so bad! Lol. I do not know why but she reads a lot and I'm sure there's something special she read about.

      I too promise not to move there....I couldn't live off the land like I do here:) lol

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, I'm not sure I even knew that you had lived here at one time. I'm sure you do miss it. As a former resident we will be glad to allow you back in.

      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you return some day soon for at least a visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, we would make an exception for you and let you move here. We do allow nice, caring people here but we are very picky when determining who to allow and who to reject. I'll put in a good word for you. :)

      Your daughter has good taste!

      Thanks buddy!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I lived in the Seattle area from 1974-1982. Have been back once but years ago. I loved it there even with all rain :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, I worked in Seattle from 1978-1980 and went to college there from 1966-1970. We should have had lunch! :)

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful Hub. Thanks for including the photo's. I hope I can visit them sometime. I have never been to America. :-)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The sights do look wonderful here! I have not been to Washington in a few years but I do remember the glorious amount of greenery there :) Well done Bill!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady E, I've never been to Europe so there you go! I hope you make it over here soon and if I'm ever over there we'll have tea together and drink a toast to writers everywhere.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, that's what everyone remembers, is how green it is here. We take it for granted until we are gone for a year or two and then we realize how much we loved it. Thank you for stopping by my friend.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I've been to Washington a couple of times but haven't been to any of those places - definitely will try to check at least one of them out next time I visit!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do Hawaii and thank you for visiting my site during your Hub travels. :)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Billybuc... most wonderful hub! Thoroughly enjoyed all the highlights and your telling of them! I wish I could visit your state - my tongue is hanging out at your description of the natural beauty! Perhaps one day... Voted awesome, beautiful, interesting, useful and voted up! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suelynn; in truth I've never visited your state either so maybe one day I'll make it down south and see all that your state has to offer.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Billybuc, I have not seen NEARLY enough of Texas! I have been here for 12 years (you really need to visit my native country - South Africa)... but I am poised to fly up north, as I have accepted a job offer in Canada! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, from Texas to Canada??? Where in Canada are you moving to? Best wishes and I hope it turns out to be a fantastic adventure.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Billybuc, YES! From Corpus Christi (very hot and humid), to Manitoba!!! I have never lived in ice and snow, but there's always a first time! I will look at this as my next big adventure. I really am looking forward to seeing nature up there... if I can see through a blizzard? Thank you so much for your good wishes, they are greatly appreciated. :) Washington State will be a lot closer for a vacation if I wanted to thaw out, right?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, Manitoba??? Yikes! That is one serious lifestyle change! Best of luck to you! I spent a year in Alaska and it took about a week to make the transition and become acclimated to the cold. I'm excited for you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have a couple distant cousins who live in Washington State and they love it. Great informative hub...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Ruby, you will have to come visit them some day so we can meet.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Billybuc, I KNOW! I keep trying to think about it and figured I will just have to wait until I get there and THEN cross that bridge! Luckily, my old high school best friend lives there with her husband, so they are more than willing to help me shift gears! LOL! Thank you so much for your kind comments. :)

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting. What a wonderful place and great photos! I get enough rain here so definitely would follow your suggestion regarding dates. If I get the chance I'd love to visit (just visit!) but Canada is on our list first because of friends there. I know what you mean about not always appreciating what we've got around us but for me the weather is a huge influence! Great hub, Billy, as usual. Off to read some more as I haven't caught up yet after being away. Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, it was my pleasure and thank you for taking the time to return and comment again.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Annart, I have missed you. I must head over to your site and see what you have been doing. Thank you my dear friend; you were one of the first to friend me and believe in my writing and I will not forget that.

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Truly beautiful. Nature lavishes her gifts all around so that even the blind may sense and believe. Have a blessed day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shimmering, what beautiful words. I have always felt most at home in nature, much more so than around people. Thank you kind lady!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      I love what Shimmering had to say! I am really perplexed that this hub hasn't scored in the 90s.... I am still getting to know HubPages, but I, for one, would most certainly have scored it right up there! I look forward to exploring more of your hubs, billybuc, just trying to work on a few more of my own first.... I hope you will visit soon! :)

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Suelynn,

      My Kuvasz boy and I love ice and snow. As the spring is yielding to warm weather, both he and I are faltering in our hikes. Want to exchange the location with me? LOL.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will Sue; I seem to have a time management problem. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, Sue, I love ice and snow too but I am oh so happy that summer is approaching. :)

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      LOL, Suhail and my dog.... billybuc... if I flap my arms fast enough will it send some Texas heat both of your ways?? :)

      Suhail, I bet your Kuvasz boy could keep you mighty warm, but I hear what you say... which location were you thinking of visiting?

      Billybuc, we barely HAVE winter hereabouts! If you sneeze, you might miss it. All this Texas heat and I'm thinking now about the very chilly north. At least I will have my memories of hot and humid South Texas to keep me warm once I get up there! Never mind "big girl pants," I will need big girl boots and a WARM jacket too... not to mention cap, gloves and toasty underwear! :D

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, you will become acclimated soon enough. At least you are moving during the summer; I moved to Alaska in December. I went for fifty degrees to minus twenty in six hours. Now that's called instant acclimation. :) I admire your courage and your willingness to face challenges. You are a wonder.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Aaawwwwwwwww! You're so sweet, Billybuc! I can't even imagine moving from 50 degrees to -20 in 6 hours! Brrrrrr! I think you are a wonder too. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, we have a great fan club going here; we really don't need anyone else. :)

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Bill, I've never been to the States, so I have no idea...but your hub brings me closer to the beauties of your world. I love them all mentioned here, but the San Juan Islands seem truly amazing (am a romantic girl...oh those islands surrounded by clear water......) Thank you for sharing. Take care.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Sue,

      I will never take my boy to Churchill. I was thinking of exploring all those lakes Manitoba has. Besides, witnessing Yukon Quest and Iditarod dog sled races is on my mind.

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Billybuc - I AGREE! :)

      Suhail: I am sure there is LOTS to explore in Manitoba that will keep you and Kuvasz totally satisfied! I, however, will only be able to comment once I get there. :) I do know about the Iditarod... WOW! I need to get back to your hubspot but I am frantically trying to write a few hubs that are crowding all other thoughts out of my head!

      Billybuc - I love all the conversations that are going on here! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Katrine, I do believe the San Juans were created just for you. I have no doubt that you would feel like you were in heaven if you saw them. Thank you my dear; always a pleasure to see your picture pop up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail...Sue...you two don't need me; you seem to be doing quite nicely without me interrupting. :) Great to see you both once again. It increases my readership each time you two stop by to chat. :) Selfish to the core, that's me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, see my comment to Suhail.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Billybuc, "Selfish", you said hahaha.

      Back on Washington State, my friends from Vancouver, BC usually sail into your state and report having lots of fun at immigration's check boats. Btw, you have a Vancouver too. A former colleague at Wells Fargo lived there and we, in Toronto, thought he lived in BC till he clarified to our utter astonishment.

      Also, BC, Washington and Oregon is very much on my family's travel list due ease of stay at my wife's niece and many good friends all along that stretch. Its just a matter of my getting 3 weeks vacations.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, we do indeed have a Vancouver. Originally a Hudson Bay Co. fort whee Oregon Trail travelers stopped for provisions; the first town in Washington but that was before we became a state.

      Best of luck getting that 3 week vacation; hope you do and I hope you have a wonderful time visiting our area.

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      I've loved my visits to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. You can hike the Olympic Mountains and go for a long beach walk in Sequim in the same day!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tips...it is a special place for sure. Thanks for stopping by and for following me.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      What a great hub on the beauty of Washington State. I am visiting the US this December, so I guess a visit is out of the question at that time of year.

      I do know that feeling of waking up to magnificent mountain views. You are a very lucky guy. Washington is going on my list of five must see sites when I get the chance.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I hope you have a wonderful time when you get here no matter where you are visiting. Washington awaits you should you make it this far west...thank you Sir!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Excellent hub. Better than any travel agent advert!!!!

      The place looks stunning.

      Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is stunning Dim but then I'm a bit prejudiced! Thank you my friend!

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Greetings billybuc, I am a native Washingtonian. I feel it is God's country. I spent many years in CA but I was born here and have lived here almost half my life now. Have you ever been out to Gig Harbor or the Key Peninsula? Beautiful place to live. Wrote a hub on Key Peninsula if you want to check it out.

      I have never been to the San Juan's and hope to see them before this life is over. I hear they are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing our beauty with others.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lamb, I lived in Gig Harbor and on the Peninsula. I owned a store in Key Center for five years and loved it out there. Very small world indeed; I will check out your hub.

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wow, small world indeed. What store did you own and when? I have lived out here for about 21 years.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      After Red Dogs in Key Center, Lamb, my ex owned the Longbranch Mercantile for two years.

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Really, that got plowed down. Doesn't exist.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The Longbranch Merc was plowed down? What is there instead?

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Nothing. Dirt and weeds. They put up a new dock at the Marina and a new sign for it. It really looks awesome.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! Thanks for the update. I'll have to drive out there in the near future and see all of the changes that have happened in the last twenty years.

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Oh, and the Longbranch Chowder house was torn down years ago too, and it is a beautiful home there now. The old Huckleberry is now a wonderful Mexican restaurant and behind it is the Vaughn post office. Behind Key Center up on the hill is a big restaurant called The roadhouse, which constantly changes owners and managers. Key Center Tavern is now called O'Callahans. They fixed up the outside much nicer.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you lamb; I will definitely come out to take a look.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very beautiful hub, as always Bill. You have so many beautiful scenery in your place, Bill. I just wished I could see one someday.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Unknown, maybe some day you will be able to. Where do you live?

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I've traveled through all but 12 of our states (lived in 5) and every one has it's own unique beauty. Sadly, Washington is one of the states I've never been in. Your pictures and video are fantastic. Your text is very informative and your advice useful. If I have the good fortune to visit Washington in the future, I will remember to do it after July 5, and I look forward to visiting the Hoh Rainforest especially. Don't think I"ve ever been in or near a rainforest before.

      Voting you up, useful, interesting, beautiful, and awesome! Sharing with my followers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait, thank you! You have done quite a bit of travelling. I will leave the welcome mat out for you and I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment and read the hub.

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      Clayton Hartford 4 years ago from Alger WA

      Beautiful, hub and beautiful state, right this moment as I type this I'm looking out my window looking at the Chuckanut ridge, Been up here for 13 years, moved out here when I was 18 with my folks. Beautiful...Where else can you go play in the snow in the morning, have lunch on the river, and then boating in the evening?

      I forgot to mention I became pretty protective within a year or so of moving here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bn9900, I definitely know where you live. Been there and it is beautiful in that part of the state. Have a great day on the river and thank you for the visit.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed your hub about a beautiful place - nature in all it's glory. Great hub, enjoyed the pictures. You live in a great place. Voted up, beautiful and awesome!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, this is, indeed, a beautiful place to live. So glad you enjoyed it.

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      Mei Eden 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for sharing a hub about amazing places to visit in your home state. I wish I could turn back time and could have read this a couple of months ago. I just took a trip up to Washington and Oregon a few months ago! :) This would have been helpful!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eden, I wish I had known you then; I would have met you and bought you a cup of coffee. I'd love to actually meet one of my followers some day. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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      Clayton Hartford 4 years ago from Alger WA

      Bill, next time your up here, we'll meet and have a coffee at Boulevard Park.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bn9900, we live about two miles from Boulevard Park...let me know when you are in the neighborhood and we'll have that coffee.

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      Clayton Hartford 4 years ago from Alger WA

      billy, it says olympia wa next to your name? I volunteer at the railway museum in town, don't know if your interested in that sort of thing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bn9900, yep, Olympia for sure. Funny, I don't even know where the railway museum is. I'll have to look it up and come see you. Thanks!

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      Clayton Hartford 4 years ago from Alger WA

      I just emailed the address.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you bn9900!

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      Clayton Hartford 4 years ago from Alger WA

      welcome!

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Hi Billy,

      I really loved your article and the photos of Washington!...I've been to Washington, but it was many years ago. We went to Vancouver to visit some friends and then to eastern WA to Kennewick. I didn't really get to see that much while there, since I was there only three or four days. (My family and I had first visited family in Oregon for about a week or so and then went on up into WA. I do remember the beautiful spruce and evergreen trees, I can't forget how lush and green it was up in Washington and Oregon.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oceansider, hello! Well, your profile says you are from San Diego, so I imagine Washington did look lush and green to you....and it is. I forget how green it is until I go somewhere else on vacation and then I'm blown away by it when I get home.

      Thank you for the visit; if you ever get back here I'll buy you a mocha.

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Thanks Billy, and if I ever get up there again to WA, I will take you up on that offer! Take care, Helen

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oceansider, I'll be here when you get here and the offer is open-ended. :)

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      ronny2005 4 years ago from HubPages

      Well written Hub and good selection of sites of Washington State.

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      ronny2005 4 years ago from HubPages

      Well written Hub and good selection of sites of Washington State.

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      ronny2005 4 years ago from HubPages

      Well written Hub and good selection of sites of Washington State.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ronny; I hope you get a chance to visit these places.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...thanks again, Ronny!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And a third thank you, Ronny!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi BB...good morning....

      I have always wanted to visit Washington and my sister and I do plan to travel there next summer. You have showcased some places that we have already included on our itinerary. The mountains...they just scream at me. Ever since I climbed up Fuji I have been enthralled by them. Despite the mildew in the clothes. you are so fortunate to live in a state that offers so much diversity. As always I am happy I stopped by, my Friend. Pinned

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you just have to let me know when you are visiting; I would love to meet you somewhere for a cup of coffee and a few laughs. That would be great fun! Mildew??? How did you know? LOL

      Thank you PS....you are appreciated!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      I definitely will...it will be sometime next summer.....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic PS! See you then!

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      India-Online Tour 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks great hub...such a beautiful state and would really love to visit one day...never dream of moving in of course!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      India, thank you for the visit! There is room for you should you ever change your mind. :)

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      Deb Welch 4 years ago

      My daughter's grandmother lives in Everett and I would love to visit Seattle - too. Beautiful country for sure. Another item on the Bucket List - thanks for confirming it. Nice Hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I hope you get the chance to visit our state. I don't think you will be disappointed. Thank you for the visit to my humble site.

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      Clayton Hartford 4 years ago from Alger WA

      Deb, If you have the time and cash, think about taking the train from NYC to Seattle via Chicago, trust me you will not regret it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay....thanks, bn9900, although I'm not sure who Deb is. :)

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      kathryn 4 years ago

      i'm doing a state report on washington and i just love your help! And i am going to move to washington this summer :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Kathryn, I'm glad I can help. If you have any questions, drop me a line...here's my email...we old teachers still like to teach.....holland1145@yahoo.com

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      tiffany delite 4 years ago from united states

      thanks for this hub and for the amazing pics of the beautiful scenery in washington state. i visited there about 30 years ago...in the summer around july 4th lol...i remember because we went somewhere to watch an awesome fireworks display. we were in everett and seattle - went to the top of some huge needle thingy that turns around (i think that was there anyway). rode on a ferry, saw mt. rainier from a distance, went to see mt. st. helen's up close - somewhere where they had a place for tourists to find out lots of info about the mountain. i'm recalling all of this from my 6 - 8 year old brain! lol! anyway, thanks again for this fantastic hub...blessings!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Tiffany! You were in Seattle and that thingie was and is called the Space Needle. I'm glad you had a chance to visit our state and thank you!

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      Daena B. 4 years ago from Wenatchee, WA

      I am a big fan of Washington. Have loved being a native. I'm from the Wenatchee Valley, which is not very rainy. The places you mentioned are great. The list could have pretty much gone on forever, probably good you stopped where you did. For instance, Leavenworth, the Enchantments, and Stephen's Pass Ski Resort. Really great. I voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daena, I agree..that's why I wrote another article with more sites to see. :) Thank you for the visit. It's always nice to hear from a Wenatchee native.

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      Kristinmcr 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Beautiful pictures! I grew up on the eastside, there is not a whole lot that beats the beauty of Seattle on a clear, warm day with Mt. Ranier and the Cascades in full view. Washington really does have it all - skiing, camping, boating, hiking...as long as it's not raining! Seattle will always have a place in my heart : )

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristin, thanks for stopping by. You are right about Seattle on a clear day. Wisconsin is pretty, though, in its own way.

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      Kristinmcr 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Yes, it is :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristin, thanks for the follow.

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      Genna 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

      I would love to make it out to Washington state some day. Thanks for this article. It has some wonderful ideas!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you genna! We do live in a great area. You have a long drive ahead of you, but once you get here you will love it.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Beautiful photos! After I read your article I did some research and watched photos of your beautiful state of Washington. I'm really amazed.

      Unfortunately, Washington is so far away from me, but I hope that I will one day come and visit all these beautiful places. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dis-cover, you would love it for sure...as I would love to see your area. Maybe one day we will both realize that dream. Thank you Sir!

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      Oni Dj 2 years ago

      hey, im going there at this early august, i will be lived in Lynwood, im going to study there for 1 year, do u have any recommendation which places that i should go first during my early time there? recommended places near lynwood first, then go further =) cuz im not sure i can explore all the places only in 1 year =) so start from the near one that can be reached in not holiday season =) thank u

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oni Dj, well, from Lynwood, the North Cascades Highway is fairly close....so are the San Juan Islands...either one will be a great day trip....make sure you see Seattle...and Mt. Rainier is about two hours away from there....I hope you enjoy your stay here.

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