At the heart of the famously beautiful Pacific Northwest, Washington State (not to be confused with Washington D.C.) is exactly as you'd picture it; lush, mountainous and rugged. It's also home to one of America's most on-trend cities, Seattle, where you'll find both Amazon and Microsoft's HQs harmoniously co-existing with vibrant local neighbourhoods and colourful markets. Good old-fashioned outdoor adventure is easy to come by in Washington thanks to the huge diversity of landscapes and the infectious explorers' attitude of the locals. With three national parks (Olympic, Mount Rainier & North Cascades) and some 120 state parks,
as well as numerous wilderness areas and dedicated wildlife programmes, we're not exaggerating when we say you'll never be short of places to explore here. Adrenaline junkies might start at Husm Falls, where you can go whitewater rafting on the nation's tallest commercially raftable waterfall, or for a more serene water activity, go kayaking on the calm waters of Freshwater Bay, where the state meets the Canadian border. With so many mountains and panoramic peaks, hiking is another key activity to enjoy in Washington. Join a naturalist guide to go hiking on the slopes of the state's highest peak, Mount Rainier, and explore its surrounding national park. While walking, learn more about the volcano's geology and meander past ancient forests, alpine meadows, vast lakes and dramatic waterfalls. Away from the mountains and further north, Olympic National Park and Peninsula is the state's wild, wave-beaten coastal region. Here, hike through primeval rainforest to reach isolated clifftops, bubbling hot springs and beautiful beaches.

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