Washington: Evergreen State

Especially for the active and enterprising holidaymaker, this region is a perfect piece of America to explore extensively

Washington is one of the states of the United States located in the Pacific Northwest. The state is formed by the remaining western part of the former Washington Territory. The area was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. Its capital is Olympia. The state’s nickname is the ‘Evergreen State’.

According to growtheology, Washington is named after George Washington, the first president of the United States. The present-day state of Washington was originally part of a much larger area, the Oregon Territory, which was created after the Oregon Treaty (1846) , the resolution of the border dispute with the British in North American territory.

The Washington Territory was formed in 1853 by separating from the Oregon Territory. After an expansion in 1859 and an area separation in 1863, the final territory was created that formally became a state of the United States on November 11, 1889 as the 42nd .

This state is divided by the Cascade Mountains into a particularly fertile and wooded coastal area and on the other hand an arid interior with imposing desert landscapes. The Cascade Mountains form the most jagged mountain landscape in America. Something that is also evident from the names of the mountain peaks of North Cascades National Park, such as Desolation Peak, Mount Despair and Mount Terror.
High, sharp mountains with ice peaks. Moreover, you will find hundreds of glaciers here, more than half of all glaciers in America! In the lower areas you will find alpine meadows, canyons, rivers and spectacular waterfalls. There you will also find Highway 20, the ‘most scenic mountain drive in Washington’. An ideal area for cycling, walking, horse riding or water sports.

Seattle has become known for films and television series such as Grays Anatomy. Large companies such as Microsoft and Boeing are also located here. Furthermore, the city has become very well known for its music scene. Well-known bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden hail from Seattle. Music legend Jimmy Hendrix was also born here. Well-known attractions in Seattle are the Space Needle and the Famers Market.

Attractions in Washington
The place to spot orcas are the islands off the coast of Washington state: the San Juan Islands. This archipelago consists of about 170 islands.

You will find even more natural beauty on the Olympic Peninsula. From here you can visit Olympic National Park. This park resembles an Amazon rainforest. The Olympic Mountains rise in the middle of the park, with Mount Olympus (2917m) as the highest peak.

The state borders Canada in the north where you can discover even more natural beauty in the North Cascades National Park.


Located 20 minutes from downtown Seattle, Hotel 116 offers an outdoor pool, free WiFi in all rooms and free shuttle services within a 5-mile radius.

Rooms at Hotel 116 feature cable TV and tea and coffee making facilities.

A fitness center is available at Hotel 116, as well as a 24-hour business center. The hotel also has a tour desk.

The Seattle Aquarium is less than 11 miles from Hotel 116. The Space Needle is 10.5 miles away.


This hotel is located in the center of the city of Port Angeles, Washington. It offers a seasonal outdoor pool, restaurant, lounge and spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi. A ferry dock connecting to Victoria and British Columbia is a 4-minute walk away.

All rooms at the Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles include a cable TV. The air-conditioned rooms offer a comfortable seating area, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some rooms have a private balcony overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The Port Angeles Crabhouse and The Crabhouse Lounge are located on the grounds of the Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel. The Port Angeles Crabhouse serves signature dishes such as Alder Planked Salmon, Dungeness Crabcakes and homemade bread pudding with panoramic views of the water. The Crabhouse Lounge offers snacks and drinks.

The Port Angeles Red Lion also offers a 24-hour front desk. The hotel also has a business center and gym.

The Port Angeles Fine Art Center is an 8-minute drive from this hotel. William R Fairchild International Airport is 4 miles away.


Hotel RL Olympia offers 193 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. All beds have pillowtop mattresses. LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Guests have access to a refrigerator and microwave in the room. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries.
This Olympia hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business amenities include desks and phones with free local calls (restrictions may apply). A cleaning service is available daily. Renovation work on the rooms was completed in July 2016.

The venue has a seasonal outdoor pool and a spa tub. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

Evergreen State