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Plan a Summer Vacation to Washington State

Updated on May 4, 2014
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Visit but Please, Don’t Move Here


"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends."
Maya Angelou

We who live in Washington are quite happy with our ranking of thirteenth in population. We really don’t need anyone else moving to our beautiful state.

But…..

We are more than happy to welcome you here and take your vacation dollars, and we promise you won’t be disappointed on your visit.

Few states in this country offer as much as Washington does. I do not say that because I am being paid a kickback from the state. In truth, the politicians who run this state only know I’m alive because I keep paying my taxes. I have visited thirty-five states during my lifetime, so I speak from experience rather than some undying allegiance, when I say that Washington really does have something for just about everyone.

The physical beauty of this state is hard to imagine if you have never visited. Few states offer the combination of towering mountains, an ocean, an abundance of rivers, lakes, an inland sea, and islands as Washington offers.

Yes, Washington has something for everyone. Check it out and see if you don’t agree.

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How to Get Here

Wherever you are in the United States, just head for the northwest corner and you’ll find us. If you’ve hit the Canadian border you have gone too far north. If you drove into the Pacific Ocean you have gone too far west. Pretty simple, really!

By air, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is your destination. If you would prefer a smaller airport, then fly into Portland International Airport, rent a car, and drive across the Columbia River into Washington. If you would prefer a really small airport, fly into Spokane and then enjoy the state travelling east to west.

If you are a “by the numbers” kind of driver, I can tell you that it takes nine or ten hours to drive Washington from the eastern border to the western border, depending, of course, on how many speed limits you choose to ignore. Travelling from the Canadian border to the Oregon border will take you between six and seven hours.

But for those who come here to enjoy the beauty, plan on a much more leisurely trip. Here are just a few things you should plan on seeing during your visit.

"The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes 'sight-seeing.'"
Daniel J. Boorstin

The Cascade Mountains will remind you of the Alps
The Cascade Mountains will remind you of the Alps | Source

National Parks

Washington boasts three national parks and all three are truly dazzling mountain jewels. Northeast of Seattle you will find North Cascades National Park. On the Olympic Peninsula make sure you visit Olympic National Park. And no trip to Washington is complete until you drive to Mount Rainier National Park, truly one of the most beautiful parks in America.

Day passes are available for Mt. Rainier. There are portions of the other two parks where passes are not necessary.

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Puget Sound

Welcome to the Inland Sea of Washington, and home to a majority of the people in the state of Washington. Puget Sound stretches from the San Juan Islands in the north to Olympia on the southern end, and it is a boating haven. You are never too far from a hot mocha or a tall, cool drink if you are a boater. You are also never far from whale sightings as well as excellent saltwater fishing.

Many of the major cities in Washington can be found along the shores of Puget Sound. Moving from north to south you will find Everett, Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia, and all offer nightlife, shopping, museums, and a plethora of accommodations.

A Rich Agricultural History

Washington likes to boast that it is the apple capital of the United States, but that really only scratches the surface when discussing agriculture in the state. The majority of crops are grown in eastern Washington, an area that was once desert until the life-giving waters of the Columbia River were diverted for farmers.

Check out the many wineries while touring the state. Washington is the third-leading wine-producing state in the nation, and a wise tourist, with an eye for value, can find some great deals on some premium wines.

Rich History, Anyone?

Can you say Oregon Trail? Ignore the "Oregon" part of that historical landmark and know that the last leg of the Oregon Trail was played out on the Columbia River, and we in Washington like to think that the Columbia is ours.

Can you say Lewis & Clark? Yes, they trekked all over the southern part of this state, and museums abound that detail their journey.

Can you say Fort Vancouver? How about the Whitman Mission?

We are overflowing with history, folks, and it is all here for you to see.

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Outdoor Enthusiasts

If you are into hiking, then Washington is a must-visit state.

If you are into photography, then Washington is a must-visit state.

If you are into river-rafting, birding, mountain climbing, rock climbing, fishing and/or swimming, then Washington is a must-visit state.

Did I mention kayaking, canoeing and skiing?

Please take note of the blue sky
Please take note of the blue sky | Source

A Climate for Everyone

There is a common misconception about Washington State that it rains here constantly. That simply is not true. Even in the Puget Sound area, where rain is a common occurrence, it rains less here than in many cities on the east coast of the United States.

The coastal cities see quite a bit of rain for sure. As a general statement, the further you move eastward and inland, the less rain you will experience. Cross the Cascade Mountains into eastern Washington and you are in near desert-like conditions.

Western Washington has a very moderate climate. There are few extremes in summer or winter. Move to the Cascades and you will find one of the snowiest areas in the country. Move to the east side and you have extremely hot summers and extremely cold winters.

I am convinced that the idea of dressing in layers originated in Washington. Just dress for the worst and be prepared at any time to peel off layers as the weather dictates.

Please Note the Lack of Washington Cities

The 10 rainiest cities in the U.S. by amount of annual rainfall include:

  • Mobile, Ala.: 67 inches average annual rainfall; 59 average annual rainy days
  • Pensacola, Fla.: 65 inches average annual rainfall; 56 average annual rainy days
  • New Orleans, La.: 64 inches average annual rainfall; 59 average annual rainy days
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.: 63 inches average annual rainfall; 58 average annual rainy days
  • Lafayette, La.: 62 inches average annual rainfall; 55 average annual rainy days
  • Baton Rouge, La.: 62 inches average annual rainfall; 56 average annual rainy days
  • Miami, Fla.: 62 inches average annual rainfall; 57 average annual rainy days
  • Port Arthur, Texas: 61 inches average annual rainfall; 51 average annual rainy days
  • Tallahassee, Fla.: 61 inches average annual rainfall; 56 average annual rainy days
  • Lake Charles, La.: 58 inches average annual rainfall; 50 average annual rainy days

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You Name It, We’ve Got It, and We’re Willing to Share It

For the most part we are a friendly people. Oh sure, we have our Negative Nellies and our Grumpy Georges, but they are few and far between. Most of us laugh and smile at strangers, and all of us can give you directions to the nearest coffee shop, where you’ll find a delicious mocha waiting for you. We do love our coffee in Washington.

Come and see for yourself just how much Washington has to offer. We would love to have you stay for a couple of weeks but please, please, head back home when you are done. We like our lifestyle here, and although we are willing to share for a short period of time, we really don’t want you moving here.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Love that you showcased where you live as a place to ravel to and must say you make a very convincing argument to indeed visit. If we ever do get out your way, you know I am going to have to look you up. Thanks for sharing Bill and have a wonderful Thursday now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I would be so disappointed if you didn't look me up. I will meet you and we will have lunch and laughs. Thank you as always and enjoy your Thursday.

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      Muhammad Rafiq 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Lovely spots for summer vacations. It would be more fascinating to have a visit to these beautiful places in your company my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rafiq, if you ever travel here I promise to be your guide. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Washington is so beautiful! I lived in Tacoma for a short period when I was 2. We were there when the World's Fair was in Seattle. I'd love to visit now that I'm old enough to appreciate it. Perhaps I'll be able to attend your writers' retreat when you and Bev buy your farm.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I would love to come up. Maybe when I retire after getting rich off of HP.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      That is across the world to me bill; but since my best friend in the world lived and died there I know it must be a grand place to live....and visit. I would love one day to see it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Sha, I didn't know you lived in Tacoma, my hometown. How cool is that? What a weird coincidence.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, Eric, I'll look for you this summer then. LOL Thanks buddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, it is a bit of a way to travel for a coffee, but if you ever make it please allow me to take you out to lunch. I would love to meet you in person one day.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      I will keep a visit to your beautiful state in mind. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome.

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      Treathyl FOX 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Washington State should be on everybody's bucket list!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, if you come we'll have lunch together. Now there is an incentive you can't turn down. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cmoneyspinner, I happen to agree with you, but I'm sort of biased regarding this beautiful state.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Of all the places my family moved while my dad was in the military, Washington is my favorite state. But, hey, I didn't know Washington was home to great wineries. Well, Bill, I promise I won't move there, but I know I will visit family and friends there, hopefully sooner than later.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      It's a date!

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      Linda Lum 3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Washington has always been and will always be my home. Like you I have travelled to many different states (and a few places in Europe), but no place satisfies my soul like this beautiful little corner of the world. Thank you (I think) for sharing the beauty of our state--I just hope they don't all move here permanently!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I am counting on you swinging by Olympia when you do. We simply must sit down as old friends and enjoy some time together.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, it is indeed my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb, I almost didn't post this just because of that fear. LOL I've lived in four other states, but I always come back.

      Thank you!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I have not been to your beautiful state yet, sadly, but I plan on getting out there one of these days soon!

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      mecheshier 3 years ago

      What a great post! Beautiful pics and very informative. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I'm counting on meeting you, so start planning please. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      my pleasure, mecheshier. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      This trip is on my bucket list. It would be great if all the residents were as welcoming as you are, but even if they're not, the sights are worth it. Thank you!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! We felt the same way when we lived in Tucson... Enjoy! We love to VISIT Washington State! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I hope you make it. It would be a thrill for me to meet you in person.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr Bill, if you ever make it back here, give me a call. We'll sit and chat about history.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I've been to Portland, but haven't made it to Washington. Will have to put it on the bucket list. Glad to see you're putting your new camera to good use. ;)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, the rains kept me from taking too many pictures, but I don't have that excuse any longer. Summer has arrived early and the camera is by my side. :) Hope to meet you in person one day. Thank you!

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      Washington State sure is pretty country. I especially like Friday Harbor. I would love to write everyday and watch the boats go by, that would be the life! My only concern is that the Scuba Diving up there is really cold.

      I've taken the ferry to Victoria, BC and just loved our neighbors to the north. What a friendly and beautiful country you have, just a hop skip and a jump away.

      I have a personal question. Do you have any already published information on how to turn a manuscript into an e-book? I noticed that you've written a few yourself. I'm trying to figure out the formatting, specifically how to turn a Word Doc into an e-book. I'm looking for information on how to indent and space narrative. Is there a Hub of yours you can point me to? Or, maybe a topic for tomorrow's Hub? Thanks!

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Oh, what beautiful scenery! Living in Texas, I miss the mountains. I've been to the Blue Ridge, the Rockies, the Appalachians, and the Tetons. I've been to Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota (the Black Hills) and Montana. I've never been to Washington state. I would love to go one day and to Oregon. That way, I can see the whole Oregon Trail! lol

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Availiasvision, the quick answer is no, I have not written on that, mainly because I'm still relatively new to it and unsure about everything. I went to Lulu and bought a book of their for $5 and it has all the answers in it...it's called "eBook Creator Guilde." That would be your best bet. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you've seen some pretty country for sure. The Tetons are about as pretty a mountain range as you will find in this country...having said that, we have some pretty special mountains around here, too. Would love to have you visit someday.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Don't move here? Oh, I know you're not talking to ME. :D

      I drove through parts of Washington about ten years ago (stopping in Tacoma and Seattle). I agree, it's a beautiful state. Even the rest areas are amazing, with fragrant evergreens and crisp, clean air.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I've had the chance to travel there on business and you're right. It is gorgeous. Made me want to visit later with my family.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..Lizzy, you get an exemption. You can always move here...and you are right, the rest areas are lovely here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you get that chance some day, Flourish. I would love to meet you.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Thanks for the introducing me to your beautiful state. That's one corner of the country I haven't bee to yet, but is definitely on my list of places I want to visit.

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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      A truly epic state, or so I've heard. I headed that way one time on a road trip from Oklahoma. Started running out of gas money about halfway through Montana. Man, Montana was bigger than I thought, lol. Hope to get there one of these days. A very informative read.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, you would love it....I promise! Thanks for visiting online today. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I understand. Montana is a huge state and seems to never end. Thanks for the virtual visit.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I will be sure and look you up if we ever make it up that way - I want to meet you and Beverly and oh, yes, your chickens!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's a date, Ann! :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've been there a few times and it is quite beautiful. I am not a fan of rain, however, so you don't have to worry about me moving there...although I may visit every once in a while! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, that's fine. Visit any old time you want. I can live with that deal. :) Thanks my sun-worshiping friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I had no idea you had so many wild horses. ( Watched the video ) Washington is a beautiful state indeed. I would love to see Mt. Rainier and of course stop and see you and Bev. Enjoyed!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it was years before I knew about the wild horses. :) Come any old time; we'll be here to welcome you.

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      Paul Wingert 3 years ago

      Scenery in NW Washington is nice when it isn't raining. I lived here since 1989 and pretty much seen it all-but not everything. Traffic is insane in Seattle, cost of living is high along with high taxes. I'm getting ready to move to Idaho just because of taxes/cost of living and weather.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, your home state is absolutely beautiful! I'll be calling to let you know what time we'll be arriving, you did say Bev would have the spare room ready, didn't you? :)

      Great write my friend, it must be pretty awesome to be surrounded by such natural beauty.

      Take care and my very best to you.

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This is an interesting one Billy..glad you mentioned about the rainfall I had heard that it's a very wet state,good to hear it doesn't rain continually though..it really is such a beautiful state and def one worth a visit..will share this..cheers

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      My youngest son and I took a road trip to Vancouver and stopped in Seattle. I fell in love with it. The weather was gorgeous and we had so much fun sight-seeing. I'd love to visit again and stop by. Thanks for the hub, Bill. Love and hugs - Audrey

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      It looks really beautiful. Oye, spoilsport.. I wanna move in. Just joking with yer. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, best of luck in Idaho! Thanks for stopping by on this beautiful, sunny May morning.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, we do have a spare room and it's yours for the duration of your stay. Let me know when you get to the airport.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, the wetness factor has been a fallacy for as long as I can remember. We have a lot of gray days, but there are many cities that get more rain than we do. Come visit and find out for yourself.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! I went to college in Seattle and I love that city. Come again soon my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jane, where have you been my friend. Good to see you. Come visit us soon and I'll be your personal tour guide.

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      Bruce Chamoff 3 years ago from New York

      This hub came at a good time, because we are planning to see a friend in Seattle. I need to visit some of these amazing parks that you mention.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      hotwebideas, have a great trip to Seattle. I'm sure you will enjoy the visit.

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      I will take you up on that Bullybuc :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Terrific my friend!

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I have two daughters that live in Washington state and I can say, with pride, that I agree with you! I love to visit, but I would not want to live there! They live in the Seattle area, and there is far too much rain for my taste! We marvel at the beauty whenever we visit, and are amazed at the variety of terrain and vegetation. They keep trying to convince us that we belong there with them, but we just give them hugs and kisses, and then leave to go home!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, it is amazing the different tastes that we all have. I can't imagine living in North Dakota, and I've told my relatives who live there that often....but they love it! Go figure! LOL Have a great weekend.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Those were some really lovely scenes. Thanks for sharing, Bill!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill, our Internet is down at the house until next week, so I am sorry for being late in commenting. I am at a place now where the WiFi is free lol. So, I have not been ignoring anyone : )

      Washington certainly has breathtaking mountain and lake views! It is a beautiful state. We had some friends from long ago who lived in Seattle and, sadly, we were never able to make it out that way. I guess the movies always seem to portray Seattle as a city that has a lot of rain for some reason.

      I do hope you are enjoying being out in scenic Washington this weekend.

      Blessings always

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      Paul Wingert 3 years ago

      Maybe because Seattle gets lots of rain. One or days of sunshine, three days of rain - like it'd doing right now.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've driven through Washington but haven't yet explored the state, which is very strange since I live so near to it! I'm really looking forward to seeing the scenery and taking lots of photographs. Thanks for sharing the information, Bill.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      HI Bill. When my brother moved to Washington State about 20 years ago we went to visit, our first trip to Washington, and we fell in love with the state. So much so that I actually started job hunting in the state. We never did make the move but we have been back to visit numerous times to visit. Your home is simply stunning. Mount Rainier is one of my favorite places on earth and I even love Seattle and I don't generally like big cities.

      The other place that we really like is the San Juan Islands. I'm willing to bet that most people who live east of the Mississippi River have never even heard of them. Just beautiful.

      As you know we are coming that way in spring of 2015 for my nieces HS graduation. Can't wait.

      Great hub Bill. You should write for the Washington State Tourism Office :)

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      The little I've seen of Washington state left a very positive impression. (We vacationed in Portland and crossed the border.) I'd love to see more. Great article.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you enjoyed them, vkwok. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Faith, in truth, we are having a very wet weekend, so in this case, the movies are correct. LOL I haven't been outside too much this weekend for sure.

      I hope you are enjoying your time off my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...thanks, Paul. I think the sooner you move the better it will be for you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. That's okay. I really haven't explored BC either, and it is only four hours away. Maybe one day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Bill! I'll see you in one year my friend.

      As for the San Juans, they really are breathtaking. If you ever get a chance, go kayaking up there.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ologsinquito, thanks for the visit. I hope you can see more of our state soon.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Bill, I'm back because I have a friend of mine whose son she is visiting this summer in Washington and she wanted to know how she could go whale watching without spending upwards of $100. Do you know of anyone I can send her to?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I honestly don't. Most of the whale watching is done out of the San Juan Islands, and if you don't know someone with a boat up there you have to pay for a charter. Sorry I can't be of help on this one.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Well, at least that gives me a starting point - I didn't even know that and she probably doesn't either. Thanks for the tip!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Ann. Places like Friday Harbor in the San Juans will have charters to look at.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Ann, I have seen the Orcas at a place called Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island. It's on the western side of the island and it's a great place to maybe catch the pod of whales moving around the island. We've been there twice and saw the whales once so it's hit or miss. Even if the whales don't show up it's a great place for a picnic and hiking. Last time we were there, there was a park ranger who told us they were coming so perhaps you could check with the park service on the island to determine where they are when you visit. I can tell you that seeing the entire pod swim by no more than a few feet from shore was an amazing experience.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill. Hopefully Ann will read your comment.

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      bdegiulio, thanks! I'll let my friend know and I'll bet that was a thrill - one I'd like to see one day. Whales are amazing creatures. I've seen the dolphins chase the ferry in Galveston and that was pretty cool, but whales, my goodness!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you checked back, Ann!

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      Peeples 3 years ago from South Carolina

      I've always wanted to visit Washington. Everything I have ever seen online looks beautiful and I would love going fishing there! Great article!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll save you some fish for when you get here. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I would love to visit this beautiful state one day. For now, I will enjoy reading about it and seeing it through your posts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, if you ever make it here, we'll leave the light on for ya!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Washington is still up at the top of our list Bill. We thought about Seattle and kept debating, but the budget won out. If we didn't live on the other end of the country and flights weren't so pricey we would have gone this year. I'd love to see the Cascades.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have been to WA once. Perhaps it will soon be time to visit again...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Glimmer, we'll be here to guide you if you ever make it. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I think you should come during tornado season. We don't have them here. :)

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