Washington State in the Pacific Northwest offers snow-capped Cascade mountains, evergreen rain forests, wine country, forested islands in Puget Sound and the urban landscape of Seattle.
The largest city in Washington State is the port city of Seattle. The vibrant Emerald City is best known for the Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks coffee shop, Boeing's Everett factory with The Future of Flight Aviation Center near Seattle and the city's iconic Space Needle, as well as for being a launching point for ferry access to the islands of Puget Sound. Seattle is now one of America's most hipster and high-tech cities, and with nearby Redmond is also home to the corporate headquarters of Microsoft, Amazon, Nintendo of America and many other companies.
Mount Rainier National Park, a volcanic massif is a major landmark visible from Seattle and Olympia. With its high elevations and dense forests the park invites hikers and climbers in summer and snowshoers in winter.