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Things to see and do in Washington State
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Attractions in Washington State
Catch a game
Watch a ball game at Safeco Field when the Seattle Mariners baseball team are in town.
Get active in Mount Rainier National Park
Explore Mount Rainier National Park (www.nps.gov/mora), popular for skiing and other winter sports, with its breathtaking views.
Hit the market
Shop at Pike Place Public Market (www.pikeplacemarket.org), situated just above the waterfront. The oldest continually operating farmers' market in the USA features abundant seafood and produce, as well as handcrafted items from the Pacific Northwest.
Head for high adventure on Lake Chelan (www.lakechelan.com), an 81km- (50.5 mile-) long glacier-fed lake, 453m (1,486ft) at its deepest point. Take to the skies on a hang glider or paraglider above breathtaking scenery in the rugged North Cascades.
Mount St Helens
See Mount St Helens in Gifford Pinchot National Park (www.fs.fed.us/gpnf), the site of the infamous volcanic eruption of 1980, which left a gigantic crater in the mountain's north flank. It is possible to take short trips by light aircraft over the summit.
Olympic National Park
Enjoy glacier-studded mountains, rainforests, lakes, streams and miles of unspoiled coastline at Olympic National Park (www.nps.gov/olym).
Ride the historic 1909 Looff Carrousel at Riverfront Park (www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com) in Spokane. Other attractions include an IMAX theatre, Ice Palace, Clock Tower and different thrill rides.
Sample Washington's wine
Taste the vintage grapes of the heart of the region's wine country in the cities of Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Yakima (www.washingtonwine.org).
Savour the delights of Seattle (www.visitseattle.org), the state's largest city, surrounded by the waters of Lake Washington and Puget Sound, with spectacular views of The Cascades and the Olympic Mountains. Browse waterfront shops and sample fresh seafood.
Interact with juvenile rockfish, sea stars and plankton on a 4m (13ft) wet table at the Seattle Aquarium (www.seattleaquarium.org).
Sail the coastal breezes in Puget Sound or explore the San Juan Islands (www.guidetosanjuans.com) by boat. Look out for porpoises, seals, whales and sea lions.
View the city of Seattle from the observation deck, restaurant or cocktail bar of the 185m- (605ft-) tall Space Needle (www.spaceneedle.com).
Take in a show
The Seattle Center (www.seattlecenter.com), built for the 1962 World Fair, and now home to opera, symphony, ballet and repertory theatre companies.
Hop on an excursion to Tillicum Village (www.tillicumvillage.com), 13km (8 miles) from downtown Seattle. Harbour tours and fishing excursions are also available from Seattle's waterfront.
Tour Pioneer Square
Tour Pioneer Square (www.pioneersquare.org), a 17-square-block National Historic District showcasing Seattle's early history with shops, art galleries, restaurants and a unique underground tour.