Best Places to Picnic in
1853, the Washington Territory was formed from part of the Oregon
Territory. Named in honor of George Washington, Washington was the
42nd state to join the Union, in 1889.
Its coastal location and Puget Sound harbors give
it a leading role in trade with Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific
The state has two major mountain ranges--the
7,000-foot Olympic Mountains surrounded by temperate rain forest on
the peninsula west of Puget Sound, and the more majestic Cascade
Range, which boasts the 14,410-foot Mount Rainier and the volcanic
Mount St. Helens, which erupted twice in the 1980s.
Although the capital is Olympia, most people live
in the metropolitan areas of Seattle-Everett and Tacoma. The state
tree of the "Evergreen State" is the western hemlock, and the flower
is the western rhododendron.