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Columbia River Plateau- Throughout the Columbia River Plateau region, you can be as active or sedate as you want at any given moment. If you think of Washington only in terms of the damp forests and cityscapes of Puget Sound, you will be amazed at the sculpted beauty of this high desert land.
North Cascades- The North Cascade Range is a towering mass of granite spires and prehistoric glaciers. Amid these jagged peaks, you can walk in the quiet of ancient forests, swim in seas of wildflower and peer into the glass of alpine lakes. This is sacred country for casual hikers and extreme mountaineers alike.
Olympic & Kitsap Peninsulas- The vast and roadless Olympic National Park combined with Olympic National Forest, totals more than 2 million acres of protected nature. Ecological and geological extremes coexist in close proximity. Whether you're equipped to scale the sharpest peak, or simply seek the peace of a groomed path to a waterfall in the forest, you must explore it for yourself.
Ponderosa Pine Country- The northeast region of Washington is still unspoiled, with vast tracts of coniferous forest and dense mountain terrain. But easy access to culture, as well as wilderness, is attracting ever-increasing numbers of visitors and transplants who discover this areas combination of natural beauty and understated sophistication.
Seattle Area- Due to its mild climate and surrounding wild landscapes, Seattle is well known for a large number of its populace being thoroughly engaged in outdoor activities.
Seattle Area/Volcano Country- This is Volcano Country, home of three volcanoes and a gorge, all in remarkably close proximity to urban centers, from Portland to Puget Sound. This region includes the Seattle and Tacoma metropolitan areas as well as Vancouver, Washington.
The Coast- Washington's coast is much more than a beach destination. Adventure abounds on both land and sea, be it birding or whale watching, kite flying or winter storm watching, horseback riding or clam digging.
The Islands- The Island region includes Whidbey Island, Camano Island, Fidalgo Island and the San Juan Islands. Many islands and islets make up the San Juan Islands, but it's the four main islands, Lopez, Shaw, Orcas and San Juan, that are accessible to visitors.
The Palouse- The Palouse represents idyllic America ­ a land of amber waves and warmhearted people. The long, peaceful roads are perfect for bike touring or scenic drives.
Wine Country- As you cross the mountains from the west on your way to Wine Country, you emerge from the forest into the naked sun and dry, rippling hills of the Yakima Valley. Stretched out ahead, the Saddle Mountains wear little foliage and the bones of the earth are suddenly visible.

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Description - Washington state is comprised of nine regions. These regions include the Coast, Islands, Palouse, North Cascades, Columbia River Plateau, Ponderosa Pine Country, Wine Country, Volcano, and Olympic & Kitsap Country.

Attractions - Washington is teeming with natural attractions. The state is split into eastern and western regions by the Cascade Mountain Range. Most of this range is preserved as National Forests, Parks and Recreation Areas. The northern portion of the range includes Cascades National Park, which contains 300 glaciers. The Pacific Crest Trail leads along the length of the Cascades from the northern to the southern border of the state. The southern portion of the range contains Mount Rainier National Park, with the namesake mountain rising 14,410 feet.

West of the mountains lies the coastal area of Washington, which includes the largest city in the state, Seattle. Olympic National Park lies in this region on the Olympic Peninsula. The park preserves most of the Olympic Mountains, which harbor 60 glaciers and many miles of 60 miles of wild and scenic ocean beaches. Other attractions in this region are the San Juan Islands and extensive waterways used for recreation.

The eastern slope of the state includes the headwaters of the Columbia river, which leads southward to form the border with Oregon. A few smaller mountain ranges dot the northern and southern areas of western Washington, with the Columbia Basin claiming most of the area. This region lies in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains. The northwest corner of the state contains Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The lake extends 150 miles and was created by the Grand Coulee Dam.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities in Washington state will please the skilled mountaineer and the novice hiker. Experienced individuals looking for a challenging climb can attempt to summit Mount Rainier. The National Forests that line the Cascades provide endless outdoor opportunities. Lake Roosevelt, in the east, will satisfy the desires of boaters, anglers, water skiers and sailors.

Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. The terrain east of the mountains receives significantly less rainfall than that west of the mountains, 12 inches is the annual average. Temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months, because it is landlocked. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington.

Western Washington is temperate, due to the coastal geography. The water is a stabilizing force for the climate, making extreme temperatures rare. The area receives large amounts of rainfall from Pacific storms and some snow during winter months.

The mountains of Washington receive large amounts of water-laden snow from October through May. These peaks remain snow covered throughout the year.

Location - Washington is comprised of ten regions. Driving instructions and maps are available on the individual pages.


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Washington - Washington is teeming with natural attractions. The state is split into eastern and western regions by the Cascade Mountain Range.

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