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Seattle Blanketed by Fog
Seattle blanketed by fog

Mountains, sea, rivers, canyons, volcanoes, rainforests - the state of Washington is extremely diverse in its natural landscape. One moment you're strolling through the bustling streets of Seattle and just a short drive later, you're in Volcano Country, in awe of three natural wonders.

You can camp out under the stars in one of Washington's parks, sip lemonade on a porch swing of a bed & breakfast or do anything in between. The activities and accommodations in Washington are just as versatile as its landscape.

And even though Washington is a laid-back, nature-loving state, it has also made a name for itself in the business world by being home to large corporations like Microsoft and Starbucks. And to those who travel to Seattle, take heed - it doesn't really rain that much. The folks at the Seattle CVB claim it rains 36 inches a year, which is less than it does in New York, Atlanta and Boston.

C O N V E N T I O N   &   V I S I T O R S   B U R E A U
Check out the Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau website, where you can see a calendar of events, peruse a lodging guide and go on a virtual tour of the city.
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Historical Notes: Completion of the Northern Pacific (1886) and Great Northern (1893) rail lines boosted Washington's economy, and statehood in 1889 brought political stability, beginning a period of rapid growth that lasted through World War I. During that time the population increased from 75,000 to 1.25 million. Wheat growing and cattle raising in eastern Washington and lumbering and fishing in the western portions of the state were the main economic activities. The Boeing Airplane Company, founded during World War I, became the largest private employer in the state during and after World War II.