"Washington State" Washington State by JanPeter74
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Most people who know just a bit about Washington State (in the northwest corner of the USA) are just familiar with the major highlights that can be found in the west of this so-called Evergreen State; Seattle, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Olympia National Park.
On our trip from the Canadian border to Yellowstone in Wyoming, we only passed the northern part of this state. However, this area also has some real gems, worth visiting. First of all, several areas here really resemble the standard postcard picture of Canada as well.
North Cascades National Park is an area with forests, rivers, lakes and mountains that could easily be mistaken for a part of the Canadian Rockies. Really great. The park consists of a North Unit and a South Unit, which are separated by State Route 20 (North Cascades Scenic Highway; partially closed from approximately mid-November to mid-April.) Especially the area around Diablo Lake is very nice.
Southeast of North Cascades NP, you will pass Winthrop. This place is really a textbook example of a wildwest town. Although it is a bit touristy, it still feels like the atmosphere is real and not created just for tourists. Ideal for a stop along the way.
Finally the northeastern part of Washington, towards the state border with Idaho) is less green. Here you can find both hot rocky landscape as well as areas with endless cornfields. Watch the funny small twisters that sometime appear in the fields.
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