When to visit:
Washington’s peak tourist season falls in the summer between the months of March and September. Washington’s excellent parks are notorious for filling up fast and full, so smart traveler will make reservations and try to get as close to the “shoulder” seasons as they can. Many parks are closed for the winter.
White-water rafters often choose to visit Washington in the spring to catch the first good swells of the winter run-off. Hitting the rivers at the opportune time is an art as well as a science, so a little research may be necessary to beat the crowds but catch the water.
State Abbreviation: WA
State Capital: Olympia
Largest City: Seattle
Area: 71,303 square miles (18th biggest state in the USA)
Washington Population: 6,203,788 (as of 2004)
Major Industries: farming, lumber, tourism, hydroelectric power, computer software, aircraft, aluminum refining
Washington Rivers: Columbia River, Snake River, Yakima River
Washington Lakes: Lake Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lake Washington
Highest Point: Mt. Rainier - 14,410 feet above sea level
Origin of the Name: named for George Washington, the 1st president of the USA.
State Nickname: The Evergreen State
State Motto: "Alki" (By and By
State Song: Washington, My Home