WASHINGTON is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States bordering with Oregon to the south and British Columbia (Canada) to the north. It’s position on the Pacific Ocean and the harbours of Puget Sound give Washington a leading role in maritime trade with Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific Rim. Puget Sound’s many islands are served by the largest ferry fleet in the United States.
Washington is a land of contrasts; from the deep temperate forests of the Olympic Peninsula, and the desert east of the Cascade Range, to the high glacial mountains covered in ice. There are also a number of National Parks and forests, as well as protected lands and wildernesses and several large military reservations. Popular attractions include Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades National Parks and the beaches of the Pacific, as well as the American Indian heritage evident in the reservations.