|State nickname: Evergreen State|
- % water
- Total (2000)
|Admittance into Union
November 11, 1889
|Time zone||Pacific: UTC-8/-7|
45°32'N to 49°N|
116°57'W to 124°48'W
385 km |
Washington is a state located in the northwestern United States. It should not be confused with Washington, D.C., the capital of the USA. While the state capital is Olympia, the largest city in Washington is Seattle.
USS Washington was named in honor of this state.
Washington shares borders with the Pacific Ocean to the west, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east, and British Columbia, Canada to the north. Washington is famous for scenery of breathtaking beauty and sharp contrasts. High mountains rise above evergreen forests and sparkling coastal waters. Its coastal location and Puget Sound harbors give it a leading role in trade with Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific Rim.
The deep forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world but the flat semi-desert land that lies east of the Cascade Mountains stretches for long distances without a single tree. Snow-covered peaks tower above the foothills and lowlands around them. Mount Rainier, the highest mountain, in the state, appears to "float" on the horizon, southeast of Seattle and Tacoma.
See also Washington City Government
===Arts and culture==