Historically interesting places
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has been a conservation site since 1948 and covers a total of 790,000 m². There are actually two sanctuaries, one in the Fort Vancouver area and the other in the John McLoughlin residence area. Fort Vancouver was built in 1824 by the British as an outpost to protect the region’s trade. The McLoughlin House, strictly speaking, is located on the other side of the river and therefore in Oregon, was built in the 1840s and still shows the living environment of the time with its historical furnishings. For anyone who wants to learn more about the past of the Pacific Northwest, a visit is a must.
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Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve near Coupeville
Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve near the city of Coupeville in northwest Washington was established in 1978 and covers an area of approximately 70.5 km².
Here you can gain insights into the 19th century at Puget Sound. Visitors can find historic farms here, which are still in operation today. The State Parks Fort Casey and Fort Ebey are also located in the area of the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
Whitman Mission National Historic Site near Walla Walla
The Whitman Mission National Historic Site near the city of Walla Walla protects the area where the Whitman Mission was killed by members of the Cayuse Indian tribe. The event is also known as the Whitman massacre. This event also led to the war with the Cayuse and the proclamation of the Oregon Territory. Nowadays there is also a memorial obelisk. Archaeological artifacts can also be found here again and again.
Special buildings and structures
Space Needle in Seattle
The Space Needle is the undisputed landmark of the city of Seattle. The tower has a height of approx. 184 m and was built for the world exhibition in 1962. It was built from 1961 to 1962. When it opened, the tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. In addition to the observation deck, which is at a height of approx. 158 m, the tower also houses a restaurant. The restaurant spins and takes 47 minutes to complete one turn. The Space Needle offers its visitors a wonderful overview of the city. But you can see a lot more from up there than just the city of Seattle. In good weather, the visitor also has views of the mountain ranges of the Olympic Mountains and the cascades with Mount Baker. Furthermore, the elevator ride to the top of the Space Needle is an experience. The elevator takes just 43 seconds for the 158 m and thus travels at a speed of 16.2 km / h.
|Contact||400 Broad Street
Seattle, Washington 98109
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Tacoma Narrows, a side arm of the Puget Sound. The bridge connects Tacoma to Gig Harbor. The bridge has a mean span of 853 m. The first Tacoma-Narrows Bridge opened in 1940, but collapsed after four months. This is particularly interesting because the wind rocked the bridge and, in combination with the natural vibration of the bridge, caused it to collapse spectacularly. There are historical film recordings of the collapse of the bridge, which the collapse, which began with the tearing of some tension cables, show. Also noteworthy is the relatively long duration that the bridges rock up in waves. Two cars crashed with the bridge, but nobody was injured because the people were still able to get out of their cars in time.
Washington State Capitol in Olympia
The State Capitol of Washington in the capital Olympia was built between 1912 and 1928. To be more precise, the complex of the State Capitol, which unlike the other State Capitals, consists of several buildings that are arranged on a campus. It is also not the first State Capitol in the state of Washington, but the third. The complex consists of the legislative building, the actual State Capitol with a height of 87 m, the Temple of Justice, the seat of the Supreme Court, and the official seat of the governor. There are also numerous art installations on the extensive complex.
|Contact||210 – 11th Avenue SW
Olympia Washington 98504-1000
The Boeing factory in the city of Everett was built in 1968 and today, with an area of approximately 400,000 m², is the largest assembly hall in the world. If you look at the volume of the building, it is the largest in the world. More than 30,000 people work here on various Boeing aircraft models. There is also a museum here, the “Future of Flight Aviation Center”. The museum covers an area of 2,600 m² and shows the history of aviation in partly interactive exhibitions. Tours also start from the factory premises.
|Contact||8415 Paine Field Blvd
Mukilteo, Washington 98275
Stadium High School in Tacoma
The Stadium High School in the city of Tacoma is a still used school building which was built between 1891 and 1906. However, the building was initially intended to be a hotel, but before it was completed it was only used as a warehouse and was not built on. The building burned down in 1898 and was then rebuilt and assigned to school. Many should know the building from the film “10 Things I Hate About You”, which was filmed here.
|Contact||601 South 8th Street
Tacoma, Washington 9840
Jimi Hendrix Tomb in Renton near Seattle
The tomb of the famous rock musician Jimi Hendrix, who was born in Seattle, is located near Seattle in the city of Renton in Greenwood Memorial Park. The monumental tomb was not completed until 2002. It was built for fear that fans of the musician could damage a “normal” grave. The granite tomb consists of a dome that is located on 3 columns. Inside is a granite block in which the original grave slab is embedded. This shows the guitar Straotcaster from Fender, Jimi’s favorite guitar. Up to 15,000 visitors flock to the grave every year.
|Contact||350 Monroe Avenue Ne
Renton, Washington 98056
B Reactor at Richland
The B Reactor near the city of Richland was built between 1943 and 1944. It was the first major nuclear reactor. The B Reactor was part of the Manhattan Project and was intended to provide plutonium 239 for nuclear weapons through nuclear fission. Nowadays, the reactor is surrounded by a concrete jacket and shines for a very long time.
Fremont Troll in Seattle
The Fremont Troll in the city of Seattle, also known simply as The Troll or Troll Under the Bridge, is a public piece of art from 1990. It is an illustration of a troll made of reinforcing steel and concrete. The troll is approximately 5.5 m high and weighs 6,000 kg. The huge sculpture is located under the Aurora Bridge and grabs a real VW Beetle with one hand.
|Contact||908 North 34th Street
Seattle, Washington 98103
Columbia Center in Seattle
The Columbia Center in Seattle, formerly known as the Bank of America Tower, is the tallest building in the state of Washington with a height of approx. 284 m without antenna and 294 m with antenna. The Columbia Center was built from 1982 to 1985. In 2004 it was announced that the Columbia Center should also be attacked by airplanes.
|Contact||701 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Central Library in Seattle
The Central Library in Seattle opened in 2004 and is the showpiece of all Washington libraries. The 11-storey building impresses with its extravagant shape. The glass and steel look of the building is also impressive. The library has around 1.5 million books. The technical equipment of the library is also up to date and visitors can concentrate on what interests them, the books.
|Contact||1000 Fourth Ave
Seattle, Washington 98104
1UpTravel.com – Maps of Washington
Browse a collection of state, city, national park, and historical maps of this US state. See the maps of Seattle city, North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks.
Washington – Digital Atlas of Seattle and Vicinity
Maps show population distributions in the Puget Sound region. Breakdowns include race, ancestry, poverty and education.
Washington – National Geographic Map Machine
Shaded-relief map highlights the locations of cities, national parks and bodies of water. Read about the state’s economy.
Washington – University of Texas Library
Tour the Evergreen State with current and historical city maps, a schematic of Ft. Vancouver and a regional map of Mt. Rainier National Park.
Washington – US Census Bureau Map
Look through a map that offers census information for each county, including population estimates and a general profile.