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Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It covers an area of 71,300 sq mi (184,827 sq km), making it the 18th largest of the 50 states of the country.

Washington is bordered by the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north, Idaho to the east and Oregon to the south. It faces the Pacific Ocean to the west. The highest point in Washington state is Mount Rainier, which is 14,411 ft (4,395 m) tall.

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Washington has a population of 6.6 million people. It is the 13th most populous state in the country. The largest city is Seattle while the capital is Olympia.

Washington state was known as Washington Territory until it attained statehood on 11 November, 1889. It was the 42nd state to gain admission. It is located in the Pacific time zone (-8/-7 GMT). The abbreviation for Washington is WA.

Columbia Glacier, Monte Cristo Peak, Washington StateColumbia Glacier, Monte Cristo Peak, Washington State
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Travel to and around Washington

By Plane
The main airport serving Washington State is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which receives many flights from San Francisco and Southern California. Other airports that you can fly to include Spokane International Airport (GEG), Portland International Airport (PDX) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) across the border in Canada.

By Train
There are two train services by Amtrak to Washington State. They are the Amtrak Cascades and Coast Starlight. Both runs along the West Coast from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles. Another train service, the Empire Builder, runs from Spokane through northern Montana to St. Paul, Milwaukeee and ends in Chicago.

By Road
Interstate highway 5 connects Seattle in Washington with Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Canada. I-90 crosses the state from east to west, connecting Seattle with Spokane, while I-82 serves the southern part of Washington State.

North Cascades National Park, Washington StateNorth Cascades National Park, Washington State
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Cities in Washington

  1. Bellevue (127,000)
    Edge city to Seattle.

  2. Bellingham (80,000)
    County seat of Whatcom County.

  3. Olympia (46,000)
    Capital of Washington State.

  4. Seattle (630,00)
    Largest city in Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

  5. Spokane (209,000)
    City on the Spokane River in eastern Washington.

  6. Tacoma (200,000)
    Urban port city in Pierce County.

  7. Walla Walla (30,000)
    City in the southeastern region of Washington.

  8. Yakima (72,000)
    City to the southeast of Mount Rainier National Park.

Places of Interest in Washington

  1. Fort Vancouver
  2. Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit National Historical Park
  3. Lake Chelan
  4. Leavenworth
  5. Maryhill
  6. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
  7. Port Townsend
  8. San Juan Island National Historical Park

National Parks of Washington

National Monuments in Washington

World Heritage Sites in Washington

World Greatest Sites

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