"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. "
"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
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. "
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.
"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."
"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."
"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! "
"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
"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
"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."
No calendar of events (How do you schedule nature?).
"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
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
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. "
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."
"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. "
" 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. "
"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. "
"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.
"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.
"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. "
"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!!"
"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
"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!
"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
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."
"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."
"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. "
"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. "