This laid back seaport city is the origin of grunge music and the birthplace of rock legend Jimi Hendrix. The city's music scene continues to be a cultural driving force with venues like the Crocodile, the Showbox and Cafe Racer hosting hip-hop groups, touring bands and experimental acts. As Washington's largest city Seattle has more than its fair share of iconic buildings. Get the ultimate city vista from the giant Space Needle tower or find out more about the city's musical icons with a visit to the Museum of Pop Culture. The city also has innovative parks, we recommend the Gas Works Park at the site of a former oil plant for its incredible city views and the 9-acre Olympic Sculpture Park which sites its artworks in a staggering landscaped setting.
A political and artistic hot spot, Olympia is the origin of the riot girl movement and home to the progressive Evergreen College. Although relatively small in population, the city bursts with creativity, has a passion for the arts and is also the political capitol of Washington State. The Washington Capitol State Campus is an impressive neoclassical building perched on Capitol Lake, definitely worth a visit for architecture enthusiasts. Situated just south of the enormous Olympic National Park, Olympia is also a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. The park covers an area of just under 1 million acres, and with no access by road to its interior, to reach the splendid Olympic Mountains you will have to hike!
Inland on the eastern reaches of Washington lies Spokane. Though the city is less advertised as a tourist destination, it offers remarkable sights and experiences. Situated on the Spokane River, the city's centerpiece is the Spokane Falls that are right in the middle of downtown, for a close up view try the SkyRide. The Riverfront Park where the falls are situated also has a stunning sculpture park, you can start the Spokane River Centennial Trail here which runs 37 miles to the Idaho border.