The Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers
traveled from Oregon to Washington
June 16, 2015

USA map showing location of the state of Oregon

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USA map showing location of Washington state

Below: Terrible traffic and a Sky Tram up high above the highway in Portland, Oregon.

traffic and a sky tram in Portland

Below: Heavy traffic trying to merge onto bridges that were already full of traffic.

Heavy traffic trying to merge
Heavy traffic trying to merge

Below: Approaching the bridge that divides Oregon and Washington states.

approaching the border of Washington state

Karen Duquette usually photographs more interesting things rather than just traffic while driving, but the traffic was so extra heavy that Karen needed to keep her eyes on the roads to help Lee navigate in their big RV.

sign: Oregon thanks you
sign: Leaving Portland
sign: entering Washington
sign: Welcome to Washington

clipart history bookWashington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian Province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, the state was made out of the western part of the Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as a settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889.

Washington is the 18th most extensive and the 13th most populous state. Approximately 60 percent of Washington's residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, and industry along the Puget Sound region of the Salish Sea, an inlet of the Pacific consisting of numerous islands, deep fjords, and bays carved out by glaciers. The remainder of the state consists of deep temperate rainforests in the west, mountain ranges in the west, central, northeast and far southeast, and a semi-arid basin region in the east, central, and south, given over to intensive agriculture. After California, Washington is the second most populous state on the West Coast and in the Western United States.

Washington is a leading lumber producer. Its rugged surface is rich in stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa and white pine, spruce, larch, and cedar. The state is the biggest producer of apples, hops, pears, red raspberries, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries, and ranks high in the production of apricots, asparagus, dry edible peas, grapes, lentils, peppermint oil, and potatoes. Livestock and livestock products make important contributions to total farm revenue, and the commercial fishing of salmon, halibut, and bottomfish makes a significant contribution to the state's economy.

Manufacturing industries in Washington include aircraft and missiles, shipbuilding and other transportation equipment, lumber, food processing, metals and metal products, chemicals, and machinery. Washington has over 1,000 dams, including the Grand Coulee Dam, built for a variety of purposes including irrigation, power, flood control, and water storage.

Although its official name is "The State of Washington," the state is often referred to as "Washington state" to distinguish it from Washington, D.C. Another nickname is "the Evergreen State." Its largest two cities are Seattle, situated in the west, followed by Spokane, located in the east. Its capital is Olympia.

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Please continue on to any of these 44 sections in the state of Washington that you have not yet seen. There is also a link to British Columbia, Canada below, plus all of the main navigational buttons.

Travel to Washington (this page)

Segway tour of Seattle

Seattle, Pike Place, Waterfront, Sculptures

Art at the Seattle Center

Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle

Space Needle in Seattle

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Settle - July 1

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Anacortes and Cap Sante Marina

Cape Flattery / Tootish Island / Neah Bay / Sea Otters / Sea Caves

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass Boat Tour

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Forks (as in the Twilight movie)

Mount Baker

Mount Erie and Lake Campbell

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Vernon and the Skagit Riverwalk

North Cascades National Park

Ladder Creek/Powerhouse Gorge-day

Ladder Creek/Powerhouse Gorge-night

Olympic National Park

Hoh Rain Forest

Marymere Falls near Olympic NP

Pillar Point County Park - Clallam County

Port Angeles

Port Angeles Whale tour

Port Townsend

Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend

Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend

Point Defiance Park and Garden in Tacoma

Rainbow Falls State Park

Sandy Cove Park - a great picnic spot

Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park

Sekiu Overlook /Whale Trail and Rosie

Snoqualmie Falls

Strawberry Festival in Marysville

Totem Poles & Jamestown S'Klallam Indian Reservation in Blyn

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funky hamburger joints

Restaurants

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Chehalis campground

Thunderbird Resort TT in Monroe

KOA-Port Angeles-Sequim

Seattle / Tacoma KOA in Kent

Concrete / Grandy KOA and TT

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