Washington's capital city is Olympia, but Seattle seems to be more popular, being the largest cityin the Pacific Northwest. It is also home tothe Space Needle and Pike Place Market. Tacoma,the state's third largest city, features major port and several good museumsdowntown. Walla Walla is in the heart ofsoutheast Washington'swine country. Yakimais self-billed as the "Palm Springs of Washington."
Rich in history, Washington boasts many attractions thattourists can explore. One of these is the Whitman Mission National HistoricalSite, one of the state's first missions, founded in 1836. The San Juan Island National Historical Park documents theAnglo-American territorial rivalry. Pioneer Square, Seattle'soldest and most famous neighborhood, has since been developed into a 15-blockNational Historic District, while the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Parkshowcases the Gold Rush activity in the state and across the country.
Nature lovers will want to visit Mount Rainier, a mountain wonderland of forests,wildflower meadows, rugged glaciers, and a 14,410-foot active volcano. To learnmore about the power and drama of a volcano, the place to go is the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The Lake Chelan State Park features an underwater parkas well as camping, boating, swimming and fishing facilities. More water sportsare available at the Beacon Rock State Parkand at the Lake Wenatchee,north of Leavenworth.Visitors can also view Orcas, eagles, elks, and other wildlife at one of themany viewing sites across the state.
Sun Mountain offers some of Washington's prettiestviews, as well as summer and winter outdoor activities. Don't miss the Ape Cavesfor hiking, and Mount Baker for skiing.Frenchman Coulee is a good place for rock climbers. Kite flying is a popularoutdoor activity, especially at Long Beach, which draws thousands of kites each year forthe international kite festival.