Best Tourist Attractions in Washington, USA

Tess IronsStarred Page By Tess Irons, 3rd Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is in response to Mark's Factual Challenge to write something about Best Tourist Attractions. This article talks about some of the best places to visit in the state of Washington, USA.

The State of Washington

Washington (WA) is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of Canadian province of British Columbia. It was admitted to the union on November 11, 1889 as the 42nd state. The state was named after George Washington, the first US President. Washington is also called the Evergreen State because of the abundance of evergreen trees. The richness of rainfall and the beautiful sunshine keep the shrubbery and grass green throughout the year. If you happen to be in Washington, you will surely enjoy your stay. There are so many beautiful places in Washington, but below are some of the best suggested places and are worth visiting.

Seattle Center

The 74-acre Seattle Center was built for the 1962 World's Fair and is located just north of downtown Seattle. The center offers a fairground, park, arts, and entertainment all year round.

One of the main attractions is the Space Needle, a 605-foot high and 138-foot wide tower that weighs 9,550 tons. It was built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour and earthquakes up to 9.1 magnitude. The tower features the Space Needle Observation Deck, where a 360-degree view will allow you to see the snow-capped Mt. Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, the majestic Olympics, and many more. The tower also has a revolving restaurant called Sky City Restaurant. It features a 14-foot deep carousel dining floor on which sits patrons, tables, chairs, and dining tables. Do not forget to visit the Gift Shop, where you can find a lot of Space Needle- themed souvenirs and gift items like pens, magnets, mugs, shirts, key chains, and other sorts of miniature items. Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle through a tour-guided elevator trip that travel at 10 miles per hour.

The Pike Place Market is the oldest farmers' market in the United States founded in 1907. Overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront, it offers fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts.

International Fountain is located in the middle of Seattle Center. It was built as a modernist water sculpture. It has more than 20 spouts and goes through programmed cycles of shooting water patterns accompanied by recorded world music. The music is changed every month and chosen to coordinate with the water patterns.

The Seattle Center Monorail is an elevated monorail line that runs a little over a mile along Fifth Avenue in downtown to Seattle Center in Lower Queen Anne. It is said to be the only self-sufficient public transit system in the US, with a top speed of 45 miles per hour.

The Pacific Science Center is a science museum in Seattle located on the south side of the Seattle Center. The museum creates, builds, and rents many traveling exhibits. It also has a fleet of vans that provide science education to schools all across the state of Washington.

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park is 368 sq miles in size located in Cascade Range, Pierce County. It was established in 1899. The park offers excellent opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing, scenic driving, and sight seeing. It was created for the purpose of preserving one of America's most spectacular and breathtaking wonders, the snow capped mountain, Mt. Rainier. The mountain, aside from being the main attraction of the national park, its 235,612 acres also contain mountain ranges, glaciers, forests, rivers, and meadows covered with wildflowers during the summer, and over 300 miles of trails. About 96% of the park is classified as wilderness.

Places to visit while in the park include the Ohanapecosh, an old-growth forest located in the southeast corner of the park. Visitors will experience the beauty of Douglas firs, western red cedars, and western hemlocks. The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center is open from June to early October, and offers exhibits, guided programs, and book sales. Mt. Rainier Paradise is the prime winter-use area in the park, receiving an average of 641 inches of snow each year. It is famous for its glorious views and wildflower meadows. Winter activities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and tubing. The historic Paradise Inn offers lodging and dining. It is usually open from mid-May to early October. The Sunrise provides breath taking views of Mt. Rainier, Emmons glacier, and many other volcanoes in the Cascade Range. It is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle at Mt. Rainier Park, with an elevation of 6,400 feet. During the summer season, the mountain meadows abound with wildflowers. All these make Sunrise the second most visited location in the park. Mowich Lake, the largest and deepest lake in Mt. Rainier National Park, is set in a glacial basin surrounded by beautiful wildflower meadows.

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium was built in 1977 and is located on Pier 59 along the Seattle Waterfront at the edge of Puget Sound's Elliot Bay. It provides fun and excitement to visitors who would like to see and explore the underwater world of the Northwest and beyond. The aquarium is open daily.

Anyone who visits the aquarium would enjoy the Window on Washington Waters, a 120,000 gallon tank that replicates the coastal waters of Washington state. Observe the marine life including rock fish, salmon, and sea anemones. The Crashing Waves Exhibit is a 40-foot wave tank that replicates Washington shores from the intertidal zone to a depth of about 5 feet. Life on the Edge features two large exhibit pools that include touch zones that let visitors see and observe the tidepool life of Washington's outer coast and of Seattle inland sea. Life of a Drifter includes a 12-foot donut-shaped glass where visitors can be surrounded by moon jellies. It also includes a display of multiple species of giant Pacific octopus, and a 13-foot touch table where visitors can get a closer look at juvenile rock fish, sea stars, and plankton. The Pacific Coral Reef is a 25,000 gallon tank that displays man-made coral reef with different species of fish that live in and around the reefs. Finally, the Underwater Dome, which is a transparent spherical undersea room in a 40,000 gallon tank. It houses salmon, sturgeon, rock fish, and ling cod.

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is located in N. Howard St. in Spokane, WA. It is a 100-acre park that offers a lot of interesting activities for each member of the family. Its location was once the place where Native Americans gathered and fished, and group of settlers in the 1980s began the city of Spokane on the grounds.

Everyone will enjoy the Pavilion Rides, where Ferris Wheel, Bumper Boats, Bumper Cars, and the Tilt-A-Whirl rides are available. It is a great way to spend the day with all family members. Relax and enjoy a ride through The Train, a small train that takes a 40-minute tour around the park where the conductor gives a little history and interesting features of the park. The Enchanted Forest is an indoor golf course, which is a great place to be to play Miniature Golf with family and friends. The most popular attraction is the Skyride, which takes you through the park across the Spokane River and under the Monroe Street Bridge. The ride takes about 15 minutes.

Snoqualmie Falls

The Snoqualmie Falls is a 268-foot high waterfall on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall City. It is one of Washington's most popular scenic attractions, and is a major source of naturally generated hydro-electric power for the region.

The beautiful 2-acre park is landscaped with native trees and shrubs. There is a scenic hiking trail down the half mile River Trail towards the base of the falls, which leads you right by an old power plant built in 1910.

Salish Lodge is a luxury mountain lodge hotel located at the top of Snoqualmie Falls. It features a famous dining room looking out onto the falls. The lodge is renowned for its 4-star service and Northwestern style.

Two hydroelectric power plants are being operated by Puget Sound Energy. The first one was built in 1898 and is known to be the world's first completely underground power plant. The second one was built in 1910 and is located a short distance downstream of the falls.


Image Credits:
Seattle Center/Seattle Aquarium/Snoqualmie Falls - en.wikipedia.org
Mt. Rainier - destination360.com
Riverfront Park - wildnatureimages.com

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author avatar Jerry Walch
6th Feb 2012 (#)

Congratulations on the star, Tess. This page definitely rated five stars because it is five-star quality just as the sites you mentioned in the article and the photos that you used to illustrate them are all five-star quality.

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much for your nice comment, Jerry. I very much appreciate it, and I'm glad you like this article.

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author avatar Buzz
6th Feb 2012 (#)

How professional you wrote this super STAR page, Tess, while you're vacationing in the Philippines (with me..lol). Me, I have yet to finish writing about my pet arowanas, and I hope to have their images scanned to upload on Wikinut to finish the article.

Bon voyage, Tess, when you leave for Washington come Thursday, Feb. 9! Hugs!

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks, Buzz. I appreciate your comment. Thanks for wishing me well on my trip back to the US. I enjoyed my vacation in the Philippines (with you..lol).

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Feb 2012 (#)

A great guide on the tourist attractions in Washington state. The Seattle Aquarium sounds great.

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for the star, Mark. I'm glad you like this page. The Seattle Aquarium is a must see, so are the others mentioned in this page.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
6th Feb 2012 (#)

wow!

god bless your trip home!

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks, kabz cowboynextdoor. Yes, my vacation is over. It's time to go back to Washington.

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author avatar Carolan
6th Feb 2012 (#)

Beautiful piece...have visited some of those places and you describe them so well

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author avatar Tess Irons
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for visiting this page, Carolan. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar avery sandiego
6th Feb 2012 (#)

Wonderful page..would surely read it again

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author avatar Tess Irons
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks, averygirl. I'm glad you like it.

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author avatar Denise O
6th Feb 2012 (#)

I have always wanted to go to Washington state but, I do even more so now. Great on tourist attractions in Washington that is for sure. Darn good page. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tess Irons
8th Feb 2012 (#)

I appreciate your comment, Denise.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Just wonderful, many thanks:0)

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author avatar Tess Irons
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, Delicia. It's nice to have you drop by.

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