If you have never traveled to the State of Washington, you are missing out on one of our nation’s most beautiful states. From the coast of the Pacific Ocean, up north to the Puget Sound with its islands, fjords, and bays carved from glaciers. Inland, there are ranges of tall, majestic mountains and lush forests of evergreens, pines, spruce, and cedar. Oh, and the State of Washington is also our 13th most populous state. Let’s take a closer look at this magnificent travel destination and provide you with a few reasons to plan your next travel assignment in “The Evergreen State.”
Do you remember the classic 1993 “rom-com” Sleepless in Seattle? During those scenes when you weren’t wiping the tears from your eyes, you may have noticed the stunning downtown shots of “The Emerald City,” Seattle. This gorgeous, seaport city is home to 60% of the population of Washington State, and it’s easy to figure out why. Seattle is a bustling, cultural city that has it all, from the downtown waterfront to year-round outdoor recreation, an eclectic music scene, and some of the finest coffee shops anywhere. A visit to the Space Needle will provide you with a 360⁰ panoramic view of the downtown area with a stunning visage of Mount Rainier in the distance. While you are on assignment in Seattle, you will probably get hooked on a weekly visit to Pike Place Market for some of the freshest, local produce you can find anywhere. If you want to get out and hike, you don’t even need to leave the city. In fact, a day spent at the 500-acre Discovery Park will have you hiking trails, enjoying vast meadows, and climbing sand dunes near the beach. And the best part of all is that Discovery Park is free!
There is much more to Washington State than Seattle, and fortunately for “working tourists,” there are opportunities available throughout the state. The capital is located in Olympia, Washington, situated at the southernmost tip of Puget Sound and 60 miles southwest of Seattle. Olympia is also known for its public park system and extensive nature conservation areas, including a 5-mile stretch of Puget Sound waterfront. Culturally, the city of Olympia is a regional center for fine arts, including many theater groups, art galleries, and even an annual film festival.
On the eastern side of Washington State, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is the city of Spokane. The city, historically a mining and logging town, now supports a healthy agriculture sector supporting many vineyards and the ever popular microbreweries that are cropping up all over. As in other parts of the state, parks and outdoor recreation are the main draw within the more than 4,100 acres of parks in the city of Spokane. Because of Spokane’s proximity to the Northwest Rockies, snowboarding, skiing, and other winter sports abound virtually year-round.
The areas around central Washington are blessed with warm, dry summer climate and cold winters creating a perfect environment for agriculture. Washington is second only to the state of California regarding wine production, and much of our nation’s apple crop comes from the region. There is no doubt that Washington is a state with something for everyone. Plan your next travel assignment in Washington and experience the stunning vistas, crystal clear lakes, and rivers, lush wine country, and cultured, eclectic city life. Start your Washington adventure by using Supplemental Health Care’s powerful job search tool or contact your recruiter and express the desire to find yourself in the Pacific Northwest.
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