• Seattle Skyline - Seattle, Washington

    Seattle Skyline - Seattle, Washington

    Seattle is an exciting urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. It was nicknamed "The Emerald City" by tourism officials in the mid-1980s, mostly due to the lush, green forests of Washington and the more than 6,000 acres of parks within the city limits.

  • Space Needle - Seattle, Washington

    Space Needle - Seattle, Washington

    The Space Needle is a 605-foot observation tower, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. The tower was built in honor of the 1962 World’s Fair and today welcomes more than 1 million visitors a year.

  • Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Come explore Seattle’s heart and soul at Pike Place Market. Established in 1907, it is the oldest continuously operating farmer's market in the U.S. Bustling with some 100 farmers, 200 artists and craftspeople, engaging street performers, and 500 residents, the district contains art galleries, ethnic and specialty groceries, bistros, and an eclectic mix of shops.

  • Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Meet Rachel, an enormous piggy bank standing at the main entrance to Pike Place Market. Sculpted by Pacific Northwest artist Georgia Gerber, it collects funds for low-income families.

  • Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    The Pike Place Fish Market was founded in 1930 and is an open air fish market.In this photo, an employee lines up the day's fresh fish and seafood, available for purchase.

  • Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    GO FISH!!! After nearing bankruptcy in 1986, the Pike Place Fish Market owner and employees decided to become "world famous", changing their way of doing business by introducing their flying fish, games, and customer performances. Four years later, they were featured repeatedly in the national media and television shows. The store is now a popular tourist destination in Seattle, attracting up to 10,000 daily visitors, and is often billed as world-famous.

  • Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    At another Pike Place Market seafood vendor, an employee prepares a display of monkfish, along with other mouthwatering delicacies.

  • Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Souvenir mugs inside the Pike Place Starbucks. Commonly called the Original Starbucks, it is the site of the first ever Starbucks store in the country, established in 1971 at Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, Washington.

  • Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Souvenir magnets for sale.

  • Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Pike Place Market - Seattle, Washington

    Fans of Tom Hanks and the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle will relish the opportunity to visit the Athenian Inn and sit in the exact same bar stools as Hanks and co-star Rob Reiner. I ate breakfast at the Tom Hanks stool and thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

  • Miners Landing at Pier 57 - Seattle, Washington

    Miners Landing at Pier 57 - Seattle, Washington

    Welcome to Miner's Landing at Pier 57 Seattle! The pier played a significant part in the Seattle gold rush and is now a central piece of the city's vibrant and historic waterfront.

  • Seattle Great Wheel - Seattle, Washington

    Seattle Great Wheel - Seattle, Washington

    The Seattle Great Wheel At Pier 57 is the largest observation wheel on the West Coast of the United States, standing 175 feet tall. The wheel weighs 280,300 pounds and was built in less than a year.

  • Seattle Great Wheel - Seattle, Washington

    Seattle Great Wheel - Seattle, Washington

    The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. 41 white gondolas each seat up to eight adults. Cabin #42, the VIP cabin, has leather bucket seats, a stereo system, glass bottom floor, and can seat up to 4 adults. In total, the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time.

  • Seattle Great Wheel - Seattle, Washington

    Seattle Great Wheel - Seattle, Washington

    The Seattle Great Wheel is lit up each night and on special occasions will display an awesome LED light show for visitors.

  • Fremont Troll - Seattle, Washington

    Fremont Troll - Seattle, Washington

    The Fremont troll - a big, fearsome, car-crushing bruiser - took up residence under the north end of the Aurora bridge on Halloween 1990. He was sculpted by four Seattle area artists - Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter and Ross Whitehead -- for the Fremont Arts Council. The head-and-shoulders sculpture is 18 feet tall.

  • The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    Explore the in depth history of The Boeing Company from the turbulent formative years through its emergence as a dominant global giant at the dawn of the Jet Age.

  • The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    A collection of model airplines, inside The Museum of Flight. The museum is the West Coast's largest air and space museum and takes visitors on a fascinating journey from the earliest days of aviation to the Space Age.

  • The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    This Soyuz TMA-14 carried members of ISS Expedition 19 to the Space Station. The mission launched on March 26, 2009 from Kazakhstan.

  • The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    The Blackbird family of aircraft cruised at speeds of more than Mach 3 and altitudes of over 85,000 feet. Conceived more than 45 years ago and retired from active service since the late 1990s, Blackbirds remain the fastest piloted jets ever built.

  • The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    The Museum of Flight - Seattle, Washington

    Until the mid-1920s, American commercial airplanes were built for mail, not people. Boeing's Model 80 was a new breed of passenger aircraft. The 80 first flew in August 1928 and was working along Boeing Air Transport's route two weeks later. The 12-passenger Model 80 stayed in service until 1933, when replaced by the all-metal Boeing Model 247.

  • Randy's Restaurant - Tukwila, Washington

    Randy's Restaurant - Tukwila, Washington

    Welcome To The Museum Of Bite! (Randy's Restaurant). Come on in and sit right down for a meal that will bring back memories of home and leave you with a satisfied feeling. Randy's has been in existance for over 32 years and has collected a great amount of civilian and military artifacts. Looking around you get the sense that you've gone back in time...from the pink and orange retro seats to the B-17 Memphis Belle hanging from the ceiling that was signed by Col. Robert Morgan himself.

  • Lake Union - Seattle, Washington

    Lake Union - Seattle, Washington

    Lake Union's eye catching floating homes were made famous in the movie Sleepless in Seattle.

  • Lake Union - Seattle, Washington

    Lake Union - Seattle, Washington

    Lake Union is located at the north end of Seattle.

  • Lake Union - Seattle, Washington

    Lake Union - Seattle, Washington

    A couple admire the passing sailboats as the sun sets on Lake Union.

  • Lake Union - Seattle, Washington

    Lake Union - Seattle, Washington

    Sailboats and kayaks glide through the waters of Lake Union, as the sun begins to set.

  • Kerry Park - Seattle, Washington

    Kerry Park - Seattle, Washington

    Kerry Park offers the perfect vantage point to admire the Space Needle, Seattle's skyline and Mount Rainier.

  • Kerry Park - Seattle, Washington

    Kerry Park - Seattle, Washington

    For breathtaking views of Seattle, Washington, head to the south slope of Queen Anne Hill and visit Kerry Park.

  • Kubota Garden - Seattle, Washington

    Kubota Garden - Seattle, Washington

    Hidden in South Seattle, Kubota Garden is a stunning 20 acre landscape that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. The city acquired the property, which is an historic landmark, in 1987 from the estate of master landscaper Fujitaro Kubota. Kubota was a horticultural pioneer when he began merging Japanese design techniques with North American materials in his display garden in 1927. The Gardens are a spectacular setting of hills and valleys, interlaced with streams, waterfalls, ponds, bridges, and rock out-croppings with a rich array of plant material.

  • Snoqualmie Falls - Snoqualmie, Washington

    Snoqualmie Falls - Snoqualmie, Washington

    Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state's most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the falls each year to view the dramatic 270-foot drop.

  • Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle, Washington

    Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle, Washington

    With long eyelashes, dark eyes,and an almost comically large, curved bill, hornbills have many admirers and inhibit the forests of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

  • Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle, Washington

    Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle, Washington

    The western lowland gorilla is the most numerous and widespread of all gorilla subspecies. Their exact population is not known because they inhabit some of the most dense and remote rainforests in Africa. Significant populations still exist, including in isolated swamps and the remote swampy forests of the Republic of Congo.

  • Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle, Washington

    Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle, Washington

    Did You Know...Wolves have unique howls, like fingerprints, that scientists (and other pack members) can use to tell them apart.

  • Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle, Washington

    Woodland Park Zoo - Seattle, Washington

    The jaguar is the third largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Americas. It has a compact body, a broad head and powerful jaws.

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde has a beautiful 4 acre display garden that is planted with over 250,000 bulbs. Each year the family completely redesigns and replants the display garden to provide for brand new floral sights and splendidly colorful scenes spring after spring. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    This sign really cracked me up. RoozenGaarde has a wonderful sense of humor :-) Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Fabio Tulip: Red with yellowy fringes. Each petal is edged with a crystalline fringe like a heavy morning frost has fallen. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    White Dream Tulip: Ivory-white bloom. RoozenGaarde's best-selling white tulip! Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Queen of the Night Tulip: Deep velvety maroon bloom. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Barcelona Tulip: Brilliantly bright pink bloom. Very hardy and good for naturalizing. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Margarita Tulip: Double-flowering dark pinkish purple blooms. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Princess Irene Tulip: A unique orange with purple-red flame bloom. A truly unusual and beautiful tulip! Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Sensual Touch Tulip: Soft orange, double fringed bloom. Truly unique! Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Planted in the display garden are 90+ varieties of tulips and over 150 flower bulb varieties in total. Included are tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, muscari, irises, and other specialty flowers. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Miranda Tulip: Glowing deep-red bloom. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Double Price Tulip: Beautiful lavender-pink, with a sweet scent! Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • Seattle Tulip: Solid yellow lily flowering bloom.

    Seattle Tulip: Solid yellow lily flowering bloom.

    Seattle Tulip: Solid yellow lily flowering bloom. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    All of RoozenGaarde flower varieties are labeled throughout the garden. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    The Roozen family business of growing Tulips, Daffodils and Irises is the largest in the world, covering Skagit Valley with more than 1,000 acres of field blooms and 16 acres of greenhouses. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Visitors take photos and admire the numerous varieties of tulips at RoozenGaarde. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Skagit County produces more tulip, iris, and daffodil bulbs than any other county in the United States. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde was established in 1985 by the Roozen family and Washington Bulb Company, Inc.

    RoozenGaarde was established in 1985 by the Roozen family and Washington Bulb Company, Inc.

    RoozenGaarde was established in 1985 by the Roozen family and Washington Bulb Company, Inc. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Entrance to RoozenGaarde. Several beds of tulips welcome visitors as they queue up to enter the gardens and fields. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Every spring, Washington's Skagit Valley is blanketed with tulips of various bright colors. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival welcomes visitors to a modern day paradise on earth where millions of tulips burst into bloom every spring. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    In 2013, The Huffington Post named the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival as one of the 19 Most Beautiful Places in America. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Historically, the tulip was a symbol of paradise on earth. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    The beauty of the flowers truly transcends differences, bringing cultures, ages and diverse lifestyles together to marvel at nature's creation. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

  • RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    RoozenGaarde - Mount Vernon, Washington

    Photo opportunity “Courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)"

Washington State – The Evergreen State