Washington is known for:
- Beautiful Scenery
- Birthplace of Starbucks
- Aerospace industry and home of Boeing
- Home of high tech giants Microsoft and Amazon
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 71,300 sq miles; Land Only: 66,544 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Pacific Time Zone|
|Highest Point||Mount Rainier, 14,417 feet|
|Tallest Building|| Columbia Center in Seattle, 933 feet |
|Largest Stadium||Husky Stadium in Seattle, capacity 70,083 |
|National Parks||Mount Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
|State Population (2020)||7,705,281|
|State Population Density||115.8 people / square mile|
||206, 253, 360, 425, 509, 564|
|Top 5 Cities (2020 population)
Government & Legislature
|State Amphibian||Pacific chorus frog|
|State Dance||Square dance|
|State Endemic Mammal||Olympic marmot|
|State Fish||Steelhead trout|
|State Folk Song||"Roll On, Columbia, Roll On"|
|State Fossil||Columbian mammoth|
|State Gem||Petrified wood|
|State Grass||Bluebunch wheatgrass|
|State Insect||Green darner dragonfly|
|State Marine Mammal||Orca|
||Al-ki (By and by)|
|State Oyster||Ostrea lurida|
|State Ship||Lady Washington|
|State Song||"Washington, My Home"|
|State Vegetable||Walla Walla sweet onion|
|State Waterfall||Palouse Falls|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Chihuly Garden and Glass: Art museum in Seattle, Washington.
- Gum Wall: Brick wall covered in used chewing gum, in Seattle, Washington.
- Lake Chelan: Lake in Chelan County, Washington.
- Mount Baker: Active volcano in northwestern Washington.
- Mount Rainier National Park: National park near Seattle, Washington.
- Mount St. Helens: Active volcano located in Skamania County, Washington.
- Museum of Flight: Air and space museum in Seattle, Washington.
- North Cascades National Park: National park in northern Washington.
- Northwest Trek: Wildlife park in Eatonville, Washington.
- Olympic National Park: National park in Port Angeles, Washington.
- Pacific Science Center: Science museum in Seattle, Washington.
- Pike Place Market: Marketplace in Seattle, Washington.
- San Juan Islands: Archipelago in northwestern Washington.
- Seattle Aquarium: Aquarium in Seattle, Washington.
- Seattle Art Museum: Art museum in Seattle, Washington.
- Snoqualmie Falls: Waterfall on the Snoqualmie River in Snoqualmie, Washington.
- Space Needle: Tower in Seattle, Washington.
- Woodland Park Zoo: Zoo in Seattle, Washington.
UNESCO Heritage Sites
Festivals and Events
Top festivals and events in Washington. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.
Popular Iconic Washington Foods
Washington is famous for the following foods:
- Rainier Cherries
- Dungeness Crab
- Artisanal Chocolate
- Fish & Chips
- Dick's Deluxe Burgers
- Fair Scones
- Beecher's Handmade Cheese
- Walla Walla Sweet Onions
Famous People Born In Washington
Nobel Prize Winners
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- Albert Glen "Turk" Edwards (Tackle. Inducted in 1969)
- Ray Flaherty (Offensive End, Coach. Inducted in 1976)
- Red Badgro (End. Inducted in 1981)
- John Elway (Quarterback. Inducted in 2004)
- Len Ford (Defensive End. Inducted in 1976)
- Willie Wood (Safety. Inducted in 1989)
- Jonathan Ogden (Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 2013)
- Brian Urlacher (Linebacker. Inducted in 2018)
Baseball Hall Of Fame Players
- Earl Averill (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1975)
- Ryne Sandberg (Second Baseman. Inducted in 2005)
- Ron Santo (Third Baseman. Inducted in 2012)
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players
- John Stockton (Guard. Inducted in 2009)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Erika Christensen
- Bing Crosby
- Rainn Wilson
- Kurt Cobain
- Chris Cornell
- Kenny G
- Jimi Hendrix
- Kenny Loggins
- Layne Staley
- Jennifer Warnes
Washington Fun Facts
- The state of Washington was named after the first president of the United States, George Washington. It is the only state to be named after a president.
- Washington state is the largest producer of apples in the United States.
- Boeing's Everett factory is the world's largest building by volume, covering 4.3 million square feet and encompassing 472 million cubic feet of space.
- Harbor Island, located in the mouth of Seattle's Duwamish Waterway, is the largest man-made island in the United States.
- The world's largest coffeehouse chain, Starbucks, was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1971.
- 57 people perished in the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, the deadliest volcano eruption in the recorded history of the United States.
- Washington state flag is the only U.S. state flag with a field of green as well as the only state flag with the image of an American president.
- Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant in the 48 contiguous United States, the SkyCity Restaurant on top of the Space Needle.
- Washington has more glaciers than any of the other 47 contiguous states.
- Washington is the only state with an official State Oyster: Ostrea lurida.
- In 2012, Washington (along with Colorado) became the first to legalize marijuana (weed) for recreational use.
- In 2007, Washington became the first state to ban texting while driving.
This page was last updated on July 10, 2023.