Washington Guide

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Washington is one of the greatest places to visit in the United States and the Evergreen nickname doesn`t do it much justice. Generally, the mild climate and ubiquitous rainfall lends a refreshing year-round lushness to the state`s landscape. But there is much more to its panoramic splendor. Perpetually snow-capped mountains, including the majestic Mount Rainier, glaciers, rushing rivers, rocky seacoasts and dense rain forests are all part of ...
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Overview

Washington is one of the greatest places to visit in the United States and the Evergreen nickname doesn`t do it much justice. Generally, the mild climate and ubiquitous rainfall lends a refreshing year-round lushness to the state`s landscape. But there is much more to its panoramic splendor. Perpetually snow-capped mountains, including the majestic Mount Rainier, glaciers, rushing rivers, rocky seacoasts and dense rain forests are all part of Washington`s varied natural scenery.

Both the traveler who gets most of his or her scenery from the car and the adventurer who enjoys the outdoors will find Washington State to their liking. Larry Ludmer is a professional travel writer who has authored ten other books including five in the Open Road Guide series. His focus on the western United States, and his familiarity with Washington, will lead you to famous destinations and unknown points of interest. Descriptions of places to stay and where to eat are numerous and detailed. Among the many useful features of the Washington Guide are several suggested itineraries for those who don`t like to plan their own trips plus dozens of tid-bits on getting the best prices for airline connections, car rentals and lodging. Whether you follow one of the author`s pre-planned excursions or make your own itinerary, the Washington Guide contains everything you need to know to make a successful trip. Covering the length and breadth of the state, the author will take you on a fascinating journey from cosmopolitan Seattle (long considered one of the best places to live in the United States), to small towns on the islands of Puget Sound, to famous resort destinations. You`ll find that there is a whole lot more to the Evergreen State than you ever imagined. Come enjoy all it has to offer!
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  • ISBN-13: 9781892975430
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Traveler Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 13
2. Overview 14
3. Suggested Itineraries 22
Seattle 24
Around the Puget Sound 25
The Olympic Peninsula 26
North-Central Washington 27
Heart of the Cascades 28
Columbia Country 29
Spokane 31
The Inland Empire 31
The Short Highlight Tour 32
The Long Highlight Tour 34
An Evergreen Journey 35
4. Land & People 40
Land 40
People 42
5. A Short History 44
6. Planning your Trip 48
When to Visit 48
What to Pack 50
Washington Tourism Information 51
Booking Your Vacation 52
Do You Need a Travel Agent? 54
Individual Travel vs. Organized Travel 55
Tour Operators 56
Getting the Best Airfare 56
Flying to Washington 57
Getting Around Washington 59
By Air 59
By Bus 60
By Car 61
Renting a Car 64
By Ferry 66
By Train 67
Accommodations 68
Major Hotel Chains 70
Camping & Recreational Vehicles 72
7. Basic Information 73
Adventure Travel 73
Alcoholic Beverage Laws 73
Alternative Travel 73
Children 74
Credit Cards 76
Dining & Food 76
Disabled Travelers 79
Gaming 79
Health Concerns 80
Newspapers & Magazines 82
Nightlife & Entertainment 82
Safety 82
Shopping 83
Taxes 84
Telephones 84
Time of Day 84
Tipping 84
8. Sports & Recreation 86
Bicycling 86
Boating 87
Fishing 87
Flying, Soaring & Ballooning 88
Golf 88
Hiking, Climbing & Backpacking 88
Horseback Riding 89
Hunting 89
Off-Road, ATVs & Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles 89
Public Lands 90
Rafting 93
Skiing 94
Spectator Sports 94
Swimming 95
Tennis 95
9. Major Events 96
10. Washington's Best Places to Stay 102
11. Seattle 114
Arrivals & Departures 117
Orientation 119
Getting Around Town 120
Where to Stay 123
Where to Eat 140
Seeing the Sights 153
Nightlife & Entertainment 178
Sports & Recreation 181
Shopping 185
Practical Information 189
12. Around Puget Sound 191
Arrivals & Departures 192
Orientation 192
Getting Around 193
Where to Stay 195
Where to Eat 212
Seeing the Sights 221
West: Bainbridge Island, Bremerton & The Kitsap Peninsula 221
North: Everett, Whidbey Island, & The San Juan Islands 225
East: The Nearby Cascades 233
South: Tacoma & Olympia 237
Nightlife & Entertainment 249
Sports & Recreation 251
Shopping 255
Practical Information 256
13. The Olympic Peninsula 258
Arrivals & Departures 260
Orientation 260
Getting Around 261
Where to Stay 261
Where to Eat 274
Seeing the Sights 279
Along the Hood Canal, Port Townsend & Sequim 279
Port Angeles & The Strait of San Juan de Fuca 283
Olympic National Park: Hurricane Ridge & Lake Crescent Areas 284
The Northwest Corner 288
An Olympic Park Reprise: The Coast & The Rain Forests 289
Aberdeen 291
Nightlife & Entertainment 293
Sports & Recreation 293
Shopping 298
Practical Information 299
14. North-Central Washington 300
Arrivals & Departures 301
Orientation 301
Getting Around 301
Where to Stay 302
Where to Eat 314
Seeing the Sights 320
In & Around Bellingham 320
The North Cascades Scenic Highway 323
The Road to Chelan 327
Wenatchee 329
Two Routes Back Through the Cascades 332
Nightlife & Entertainment 333
Sports & Recreation 334
Shopping 341
Practical Information 342
15. Heart of the Cascades 344
Arrivals & Departures 345
Orientation 345
Getting Around 345
Where to Stay 346
Where to Eat 352
Seeing the Sights 354
Mount Rainier National Park 355
Eatonville 359
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument 361
Along the I-5 Corridor 367
Nightlife & Entertainment 368
Sports & Recreation 368
Shopping 371
Practical Information 372
16. Columbia Country 373
Arrivals & Departures 374
Orientation 374
Getting Around 374
Where to Stay 375
Where to Eat 384
Seeing the Sights 389
Cape Disappointment & The Long Beach Peninsula 389
The Lower Columbia: Chinook to Vancouver 392
Vancouver 395
Through the Gorge to Maryhill 397
The Tri-Cities 401
Beyond the River: Yakima 403
Nightlife & Entertainment 406
Sports & Recreation 407
Shopping 410
Practical Information 410
17. Spokane 412
Arrivals & Departures 412
Orientation 413
Getting Around 413
Where to Stay 414
Where to Eat 417
Seeing the Sights 419
Nightlife & Entertainment 426
Sports & Recreation 427
Shopping 428
Practical Information 429
18. The Inland Empire 430
Arrivals & Departures 430
Orientation 431
Getting Around 431
Where to Stay 432
Where to Eat 436
Seeing the Sights 439
Through Washington's Rockies 439
The Okanogan & Coulee Dam 442
The Cariboo Trail 444
Walla Walla 447
Clarkston & The Snake River 448
Pullman 450
Nightlife & Entertainment 451
Sports & Recreation 451
Shopping 454
Practical Information 454
Index 457
Maps
Washington
Washington Touring Regions
Seattle & Vicinity
Downtown Seattle
Seattle
Tacoma
Olympia
The Olympic Peninsula
Mount Rainier
Columbia River Gorge
Spokane
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