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Columbia Gorge, Montana. More rainy, Mount St. Helens, Seattle, Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, Olympic National Park and Spokane “near nature, close to beauty. ”
- Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of Washington, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.
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- Regional Tacoma
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- Times to Travel: With its impressive national parks and scenery combined with temperate weather, Washington DC offers an exciting family vacation destination, spring, summer, fall or winter.
Climate: Washington State’s weather varies considerably from west to east, as the west is generally temperate and humid, while east of the Cascades a cooler, drier climate prevails.
Average annual temperature ranges from about 51 degrees along the Pacific coastline to about 40 degrees in the far northeast.
- Biotionary: Nickname of Washington, covering state overview, travel information and most popular attractions.
Western Washington is temperate due to the warm current coming off the North Pacific. This area has frequent cloud cover, significant fog and prolonged rainfall. Summers are much sunnier, yet still moderate with an average high of around 70 degrees.
Along the western edges of the Olympic Peninsula, up to 160 inches of annual rain is the norm, making it the wettest area of the 48 continental states. Weeks or even months can go by without a clear, sunny day.
The western slopes of the Cascades receive some of the heaviest annual snowfall in the country (over 200 inches annually).
Seasonal temperature averages:
HIGH TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 44/7 (February) 47/8 (March) 51/11 (April) 57/14
May 62/17 (June) 68/20 (July) 73/23 (Aug) 78/25
(Sept) 76/24 (Oct) 68/20 (Nov) 55/13 (Dec) 46/8
LOW TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 32/0 (Feb) 32 /0 (March) 33/0 (April) 37/3
May 39/4 (June) 45/7 (July) 49/9 (August) 50/10
(September) 48/9 (October) 41/5 (November) 38/3 (December) 34/1
San Juan Island National Historical Park
On the island of San Juan, which is now a national historical park, there were two military camps in the past – American and British. The island almost became the subject of an armed conflict between the English and the Americans. These camps were established here in 1859 as a response to protracted disputes over this border area during the so-called Pig War. It got the name “Prasečí” because luckily only one pig died during it. The camps were occupied for 12 years until a treaty was signed in Washington that the island would become part of the United States of America. In 1872, the British withdrew from the island and the American camp was dissolved only two years later, in July 1874.
In 1961, the island was declared a national cultural monument, and in 1966 it was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. Even today, the island is divided according to the original campsites into two parts – the American and the English campsite. The island is located a few kilometers from the coast of the American state of Washington and you can easily reach it by ferry. It has wonderful views of the coast and with a bit of luck it is possible to spot a whale in the waters.
Several ski areas are located on the slopes of the Cascade Mountains a few hours’ drive from Seattle. Almost all of them are located at an altitude of around 2000 meters in tall coniferous forests. The mountain range is dominated by the second most glaciated volcano, Mount Baker, whose age is estimated at more than 30 thousand years and has not shown any activity since 1880. During the last several decades, a number of smaller eruptions have been observed here, which result in a decrease in the level of Baker Lake of the same name and increased activity of fumaroles in Sherman Crater. Thanks to its glaciation, Mount Baker is sought after by winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world. Thanks to the sufficient amount of snow, the ski season here lasts until the beginning of the summer months. On average, up to 9 meters of high-quality snow falls here. However, the highest peak is Mount Rainier with its 4,392 meters above sea level.Snoqualmie, which consists of four areas: Summit at Snoqualmie, Alpental, Ski Acres, and Pacific West Ski Resort (Hyak).
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
Lake Chelan is a narrow, approximately 55-mile-long lake in Chelan County in northern Washington state. Its name Chelan comes from the Salish Indian word Tsi-Laan, which means “deep water”. The lake is thus the third deepest lake in the country and the 24th deepest lake in the world – reaching a depth of up to 453 meters. The lake is located at an altitude of 335 meters above sea level and its average width is only one mile.
The town of Chelan is located at the southeastern tip of the lake, through which the Chelan River flows, on which the Lake Chelan Dam hydroelectric power plant was built. At the northwest end of the lake lies the town of Stehekin, through which the Stehekin River flows into the lake. In this area, the lake has the largest tide and current. Access to this far end of the lake is only by water by boat or on foot.
Located along the south shore of the lake, Lake Chelan State Park is accessible from the town of Chelan by road. In the northern part is the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, which is protected by the National Park Service.