While Washington State is known for its lattes, software companies, airplane manufacturing and music scene, it’s home to so much more.
From the world-class vineyards perched above the Columbia River in high-desert eastern Washington to the only temperate rainforest in the lower 48 states on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington has it all.
No other state offers a richness of experience like Washington. In the morning you could be shopping for artwork while dodging flying salmon thrown by fish mongers in the Pike Place Market, then in the afternoon walking along meadows of wildflowers in aptly named Paradise in the shadows of Mt. Rainier. You can kayak near pods of orcas off the coast of the San Juan Islands one day, and sample wine on the banks of Lake Chelan the next.
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“Since I am here, everything was about jumps. I jumped the first time I met my amazing host family, I jumped after noticing that my high school was the most welcoming one, I jumped into the Puget Sound to start the New Year, I jump into the water in all swimming practice and, most important, I jump every single day to improve myself as a human being. Every day, I give all that I have for not losing any second about this experience, because every moment counts and you can learn things from all of them. Washington has given me the opportunity of growing as a student, as an athlete and as a person.
I cannot imagine my life in a better place. Its diversity, its nature, its fauna, its geography... everything is so beautiful. And although the climate is not my favorite, the rain is nothing, if you are surrounded by incredible people that make your life perfect.”