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Washington: Portal to the Pacific Northwest

Washington State, positioned in the upper left corner of the map, offers an abundance of recreational, educational, cultural, and career opportunities. The state's largest city, Seattle, is a harbor town situated on Puget Sound, and is a popular choice for relocation. Its many historic housing districts offer a variety of upscale, executive, and family apartment living in addition to updated single family dwellings, all within walking distance of city parks or beaches. Washington State attractions range from tours of the fine wineries ranged throughout the state, outdoors activities in the Cascade mountains, beach combing along the dramatic Pacific coast shoreline, and any number of cultural events taking place in the major cities, including Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Everett.

Washington weather varies between the western and eastern half of the state, with the dividing line being the Cascade mountain range. Western Washington enjoys the mild weather of its marine climate, while the eastern portion has a semi-arid climate with hot summer temperatures and winter snow. Many popular ski areas, including Snoqualmie Pass and Crystal Mountain, draw skiers and snowboarders from throughout the region. Washington's economy is powered chiefly by tourism and industry, dominated by such business giants as Microsoft and Boeing. Lumber is a traditional and still thriving concern. The University of Washington, Washington State University, and such private schools as Gonzaga University draw scholars from around the world.

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