The Evergreen State

Washington is located on the westernmost fringe of the U.S.A., near the pacific coast and adjoins Oregon in the South, Idaho in the East and British Columbia in the North. Due to numerous conifers growing in Washington, this state has the nickname “Evergreen State”.

In order to make a distinction between the state, named after George Washington, and the capital Washington D.C. (east coast of the U.S.A.), the complete name “Washington State” is used.

Washington is the 19th largest state in the U.S.A. – it measures 184,665 km². Taking a look at the population of 6,5 million inhabitants, however, Washington takes 13th place.

In 1889, the state was named after the first president of the United States, George Washington. At that time, Olympia was the capital (and still is) and different counties developed. Due to this development the Native Americans were pushed into reservations causing many wars.

Like in many other states of the U.S.A. the gold rush came first and the timber industry started booming afterwards. Both branches came close to their limits, whereupon many settlers came to the state and settled down in places that had no meaning beforehand. Through Washington’s convenient location it benefitted not only from the World Wars but also from the Pacific War. It gained considerable importance to the Air Force and the Navy. The aircraft industry, a nuclear power plant, information technology and tourism arose little by little.

Adjoining Canada, the three national parks Mount Rainier National Park (oldest National Park in Washington), Olympic National Park und North Cascades National Park are nowadays a huge tourist magnet.

Furthermore, there are a lot of sports that can be practiced – such as riding, climbing, canoeing, diving and much more. You can also go on a shopping spree or watch football in a stadium.

Special attention needs to be given to Washington when it comes to the books and the filming of the Twilight Saga. Tourists have the chance to follow the tracks of Bella and Edward and explore the little town of Folks on their own.