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Washington State Community, Trade and Economic Development - State Tourist Information Site
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"As our slogan, ‘Anacortes on Beautiful Fidalgo Island...the Heart of the Northwest Adventure’ suggests, Anacortes offers incomparable opportunities for recreation, thanks to it’s phenomenal natural setting by Puget Sound. So whether you like to sail, powerboat, kayak, bike, (all of which you can charter or rent) hike, or golf, you can do it all right here. If you prefer more leisurely activities such as shopping, we have everything from antiques to zithers, (along with cool clothes, great galleries, handcrafted items...) As you might expect from a place where people want to be, there is a tremendous array of special places to dine, as well as lodging, including B & B's, inns, hotels, motels, and R.V. parks. "
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Bainbridge Island
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"We hope you enjoy your "virtual visit" to one of America's Most Liveable Cities (Money Magazine, 1990) and one of the Best Places to Raise a Family (Reader's Digest, 1997).
Bremerton offers a number of activities for history buffs, nature lovers, athletic types and outdoor enthusiasts."
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Bellingham - Whatcom County
"The region offers a wealth of recreation and attractions from skiing at Mt. Baker to whale watch trips among the San Juan Islands. "
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Cranberry Coast
"Located on Washington's Coastline offers you 18 miles of "Pristine Beaches" to explore. Representing Grayland, Tokeland & Westport, WA, USA"
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Eastern Pierce County
"ARTS DOWNTOWN, PUYALLUP'S OUTDOOR GALLERY A Unique year-long display of outdoor durable art placed throughout the downtown area. A new exhibit is installed the second week of may and remains in place until the following year. A public unveiling celebration to honor the artists takes place in Pioneer Park. The community has an opportunity to vote for their favorite work and each year Arts Downtown purchases one piece to remain on permanent display.
For 17 days in September, everyone is "Doing the Puyallup"! There are 15,000 attractions at the fair, from horses, cows, pigs and sheep to quilts, photos and carnival rides. There are vegetables galore, gadgets to buy and goats to milk. Who can resist buttery scones, cotton candy or a fair burger with onions? The nation's sixth largest fair, "The Puyallup" begins the Friday after labor day. "
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Also in Eastern Pierce County, discover native Northwest wildlife on a guided tram tour over 435 acres where bison, elk, moose, pronghorn and more roam freely. Stroll wooded pathways to see forest animals, cats and wolves. Make hands-on discoveries in the kid's Discovery Center and/or enjoy the nature trails, picnic meadow, gift shop, and cafe. See grizzly and black bear in an eight acre exhibit. All of this is waiting at Northwest Trek.
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"In the northwest corner of Washington State, nestled between the glacial peaks of the Olympic Mountains and the wild Pacific beaches, Forks is the heart of the Olympic Peninsula's "West End." "
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Grays Harbor
"Whether it's clam digging on a Pacific beach or backpacking in the rain forest, Grays Harbor is renowned for its variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Out of the entire United States, C. Scott Thomas's recent study concludes: Grays Harbor ranks sixth in the nation for the scenery, amusement, and recreation available.
The tall ship Lady Washington (featured on the Home Page) was built by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in 1989 to function as the "Tall Ship Ambassador" for the State of Washington. This 112-foot 18th Century replica sails the waters of the Pacific Northwest providing educational programs, tours, and voyages for the general public."
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Port of Grays Harbor
"Although its exact meaning has long been the subject of debate the name Issaquah is of Native American origin. It is said that migratory Indians gathering food in and around Lake Sammamish would imitate the sound of birds taking flight. The name appears to be an anglicized version of the Indian's spoken word Isquoh, meaning "the sound of the birds."
`iss-a-quaw "
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Lake Chelan
"Lake Chelan is the deepest Gorge in North America and the third deepest fresh water lake in the United States. At the lower end of the 55 mile long lake is the resort town of Chelan famous for its water sports & arid "Sun Belt" weather! As you travel to the upper end of the lake you move from the more arid region of the lower valley to heart of the North Cascade Mountain Range and the North Cascades National Park.
Whether it's a relaxing weekend in the sun or a weekend of hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, x-country, or just about anything else you can think of. Lake Chelan offers a place to get away from the more frequented recreational areas closer to the city. Check out one some of our web pages and see for yourself! "
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"The City of Lakewood encompasses 20 square miles of the most naturally endowed residential land in the Puget Sound area.
Lying five to ten miles southwest of the central business area and industrial employment center of Tacoma, bounded by Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base and adjacent to a major interstate freeway, this area has rapidly developed into one of the largest incorporated residential communities in the nation. In relation to the rest of the central Puget Sound region, Lakewood is considered a southern boundary, since the large Federal land holdings at Ft. Lewis prevent a further extension of solid urban development in that direction. Steilacoom sets the west boundary, and the Chambers Creek canyon generally defines the north boundary of the district. "
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"The Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is well-known for its festivals, art in the park, summer theater, and music, but right nearby, a multitude of recreational opportunities await outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. "
Part of our 1996 vacation. Wonderfull place to visit. For those of you on the East Coast, visit Helen, Georgia for a similar experience...CAL
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Lewis County - East
"In our area we have volcanoes, Cascade Mountains and foothills, national forest, wilderness areas, lakes, rivers, camp grounds, skiing, hang gliding at Dog Mountain. So, you can do any kind of outdoor activity you find interesting: hunting, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain climbing, riding, photography, birding, camping, or just looking."
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Long Beach Peninsula
"Whether you're looking for:
A Relaxing Vacation Spot, Relocation or Retirement to a Beachfront Community, Business Opportunities, Meetings, or Trips
...come to the Long Beach Peninsula.
Long Beach Peninsula is comprised of the following communities:
Long Beach, Ilwaco, Chinook, Ocean Park, Seaview, Surfside, Nahcotta, and Oysterville"
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A town I use to visit and hike around.... Corey
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Neah Bay
"We call ourselves "Kwih-dich-chuh-ahtx" or "people who live by the rocks and seagulls". The name "Makah", which was given to us by our neighboring tribes, means "Generous with food". We have lived at the most northwestern point in what is now the contiguous United States since the beginning of time. For thousands of years we have hunted whales and seals, and fished in the great waters which cradle our home.
To his day we are the only Native American Tribe with the right to hunt whales guaranteed by treaty. Commercial fishing is one of the mainstays of our economy.
Throughout our history, the great Western Red Cedar tree has provided the material from which we have housed and clothed ourselves. In the form of canoes and other tools, cedar has also provided the means by which we have fed ourselves. Our people once flourished in a community of five permanent villages. The villages were Bahaada, Deah (present day Neah Bay), Waatch, Sooes and Ozette. "
Annual Makah days described on their homepage.
Ocean Shores
"City jitters got you down?
Focus on this: -- Get out of town!
Then just take a day or two, And get the town out of you!
Come to Ocean Shores, Washington's Favorite Getaway!
Welcome to Ocean Shores, Washington! Where peace is pervasive, beauty is bountious, and relaxation unavoidable. Come and let your values adjust your priorities, and discover what is really important to you. Come and discover, or re-discover your spouse, your children, and yourself! Come on - break away to the breakers."
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Olympian - Thurston County
"Thurston County offers a wide variety of activities and events for business visitors, tourists and residents of the community. Many local residents and visitors enjoy the recreational activities of Thurston County. Some of these activities include camping, hiking, bicycling, fishing and sporting events. The Capitol State Forest and State Parks provide endless recreational activities for the outdoors person.
Olympia is the capitol of Washington State and a gateway to the magnificent northwest. Downtown Olympia includes a variety of gift shops, galleries, restaurants, boutiques, wine shops, coffee shops and unique specialty shops. Within walking distance are many visitor attractions such as the Farmers Market, State Capitol Campus, Percival Landing, and the Washington Center for Performing Arts. "
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Olympia State site/capital grounds tours
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Port Angeles
" Port Angeles, Washington is located on the Washington State Olympic Peninsula. Port Angeles is the gateway to the Olympic National Park, and the Pacific Coast. Located 80 west of Seattle Washington, Port Angeles is a great place to come for the weekend or to live. "
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Port Ludlow
"Port Ludlow in the ideal community for relaxed living. With the community developed around the quite waters of the Hood Canal, but still close to major cities Port Ludlow residents enjoy the perfect lifestyle. Port Ludlow in located 1 hour from Seattle by ferry and 4 hours from Portland, Oregon via Interstate 5. "
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Port Orchard
"The historic buildings on Bay Street in Olde Towne Port Orchard have an array of thriving restaurants, a book store, antique stores and many other unusual shops. Visit Port Orchard's quiet parks and a unique bonsai garden, see collectible dolls and miniatures, enjoy museums and local art. The year-round farmers market is one of the biggest in Western Washington. Make sure to walk along the marina and enjoy the county's best view of active Navy ships and the mothball fleet at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. "
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Port Townsend
"Welcome to Port Townsend, the Olympic Peninsula's Victorian Seaport. Home of the third largest National Historic District in the country, Port Townsend offers sophisticated dining and entertainment as well as a host of outdoor activities, all in a stunning natural setting. Our accommodations range from campsites near the beach to beautifully restored Victorian bed and breakfast suites.
Located on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is surrounded by the waters of Port Townsend Bay and Admiralty Inlet with a backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains. Many Victorian houses, visible reminders of our heritage, are now bed and breakfast inns. Both Uptown and Downtown shopping districts offer history and shopping side by side. Antiques, unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, sporting equipment and Northwest Native American arts and crafts are featured. When it's time for a break, dine at one of the local restaurants featuring fresh seafood and local produce or enjoy ethnic specialties from Mexican to Thai. If you crave gourmet coffee or tea, have some with a freshly baked scone or fresh homemade ice cream at a local bakery, coffee shop or ice cream parlor. "
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"a community rich in heritage........ NORWEGIAN HERITAGE"
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Quilcene and Brinnon
"Welcome to the Hood Canal, the towns of Quilcene and Brinnon invite you to come and explore our beautiful area, and to find the rewards of the Olympic Peninsula. Quilcene and Brinnon are located on Washington States Hood Canal, which is famous for it's calm waters, plentiful schrimp and colorful sunsets. "
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Richland, Pasco and Kennewick
"With more than 300 sunny days each year, the Tri-Cities is perfect for golfing, swimming, boating, and much more! Visitors come from all around to do anything and everything under the sun!
Gorgeous stretches of water, combined with the sunshine, make the Tri-Cities the ideal spot for all your favorite water sports. Located where the Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers meet, the Tri-Cities is the hub of the busy Mid-Columbia region.Discover world-class wineries, a rich scientific and technological industry, abundant agriculture, a diverse artistic community and first-class sports teams. From baseball to ballet, shopping to sightseeing, wine-tasting to waterskiing, there is something for everyone in the sunny Tri-Cities!!"
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Seattle - King County
"Steep hills. Lush greenery. Glimpses of sparkling water everywhere -- Puget Sound, bays, lakes, rivers, canals. And snow-capped Mount Rainier in the distance suddenly emerging from its mantle of clouds. A visitor soon learns why Seattle is known as "The Emerald City."
And toting an umbrella is probably not necessary. Rumors of rain in Seattle are greatly exaggerated or at least misunderstood. The annual rainfall here is 36 inches, less than New York and Atlanta and other cities not known for rain. When it does rain here (mostly in the winter), it seldom pours. The Seattle rain is usually passing showers or a gentle mist, moderate like the climate itself, a necessary element of life in "The Emerald City.""
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Sequim - Dungness Valley
"Sequim is a very special place, a place unlike any other in the world. Sequim lies in the Dungeness Valley, nestled between the majestic Olympic Mountains and the placid waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Whether long time resident or "Jimmie Come-Lately", you'll find our citizens friendly, relaxed and happy to be here.
Sequim is famous for it's Dungeness Crab, Olympic Game Farm, The Dungeness Spit and of course our endless sun, so come and enjoy Sequim, Washington! "
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Snohomish County - Everett
"In Snohomish County, visit the Boeing 747 Assembly Plant, shop for antiques, fish for salmon, hike in the North Cascades, white water raft on Wild and Scenic rivers.
Snohomish County is located in northwest Washington State, nestled between the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Just 15 miles north of Seattle, 100 miles south of Vancouver, and a short ferry ride away from the San Juan Islands or Olympic Peninsula, Snohomish County is ideally situated for exploring the entire Pacific Northwest.
We have some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery in the United States, forest and mountain wildlife sanctuaries, unlimited opportunities for outdoor fun and artistic pursuits, and the best coffee west of Italy. Our economy is thriving thanks in large part to being the home of industry giants Boeing and Microsoft."
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"Spokane is located amid a landscape of uncommon variety. Within an hour's drive from the heart of the city, visitors can find a high country lake, a lonesome patch of dessert or almost anything in between. Forests, fast-running rivers and lakes by the dozens share space with great rolling waves of wheat fields and geologically important rock formations. Spokane is located 18 miles from the Idaho border and 110 miles south of the Canadian border in eastern Washington state. It is said that from the top of Mount Spokane you can see three states and two provinces-Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alberta and British Columbia."
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Spokane Valley
Tri-Cities - Kennewick
"Known as "The Heart of Washington Wine Country" , the Tri-City region houses more than two dozen wineries. Visitors can sample award winning wines, or enjoy breathtaking views of the vineyards.
Our rich blend of history, science & technology and the fine arts allows visitors to explore favorite as well as new avenues of entertainment.
From Merlots to museums to musicals, there is plenty to see and do in the Tri-Cities!"
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Walla Walla
"Whether you're dropping in for the weekend or looking for a place to put down some roots, you'll find uncommon vitality in the Walla Walla Valley of Washington state. With nearly 300 days of sunshine each year, you'll encounter bright, carefree summers, crisp, moderate winters and spectacular springs and falls that fill your senses with color and variety. "
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"The beautiful confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers forms the Wenatchee Valley, a unique and diverse region  which has captivated the hearts and imaginations of many. Nestled in this valley are the sister cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, with Entiat and Chelan to the north along the Columbia River. Also an important part of the Wenatchee area are Cashmere and Leavenworth to the west along the Wenatchee River as well as the eastern portion of the Columbia Plateau.
Local Indian lore claims that Wenatchee's name comes from a poetic description of the area, Wa-Nat-Chee, meaning robe of the rainbow. This valley became home to a trading post in the 1870's as ranchers and prospectors moved in from the Kittitas Valley area. The city of Wenatchee was born in 1892. "
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This page produced by Corey Leonhard, Ph.D.
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