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A woman tries on a hat with her granddaughter at Fremont Vintage Mall in Seattle.

Seattle, the largest city in the state with over 735,000 residents, has everything from unrivaled natural beauty and world-class attractions to major sports teams, a thriving arts and culture scene, and beyond. Whether visitors are looking for family- and budget-friendly finds or are on the hunt for the latest Instagram-worthy vista, the Emerald City is the place to be. While here, visitors can meet artisan makers, shop indie boutiques and designer fashions, admire priceless works of art, explore like a local in the city’s diverse neighborhoods, and enjoy nature—all without ever having to leave the city.

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While Seattle is the largest and arguably the most well-known city in the state, we have many second city destinations that act as a hub for Pacific Northwest cuisine, culture and adventure. Bellevue, just a short drive across Lake Washington, along the longest floating bridge in the world, is a green wonderland with  100 parks dotting its landscape between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, offering a bustling downtown that is home to several global companies along with shopping and restaurants to meet many tastes and budgets.

Two brothers at Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA.

A short drive south from Seattle, Tacoma is home to nearly 220,000 residents and is celebrated for a diverse culture, gorgeous Puget Sound views and awe-inspiring cityscapes. Bellingham, located in northwest Washington, and surrounding Whatcom County are ideal for abundant nature, outdoor adventure and sweeping scenery from the Salish Sea to Mt. Baker and North Cascades National Park. Enjoy farm to table menus, craft brews, family moments, a vibrant arts scene and charming historical treasures. In eastern Washington, Spokane is an accessible city with a unique blend of outdoor experiences, making it the perfect place to get outside and explore. Enjoy its renowned city and state parks, or award-winning cuisine and beer at a local restaurant in one of its quaint districts. Located in southeastern Washington State, the Tri-Cities is known for 300 days of sunshine, 200+ wineries within an hour’s drive and more than 67 miles of paved trails with access to the spectacular riverfront offering endless water activities, abundant wildlife viewing activities and more.

Friends outside at Swing Wine Bar in Olympia, WA.

Head west to Olympia, and enjoy the eclectic arts and music scene, the lush and fertile farmland of the Thurston Bountiful Byway, and the unmatched natural beauty of the South Puget Sound. In southwest Washington, Vancouver offers visitors easy access to Mount St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge and the Pacific Coast and is home to an innovative waterfront and friendly and walkable downtown.


Althea Conyers Achem / Taylor Zetlin

Public Relations, GreenRubino for State of Washington Tourism


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