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Washington is a state in the Northwest of the contiguous United States, on the Pacific Coast. The state is named after George Washington, the first President of the United States.
The capital of Washington is Olympia, but the state's largest, and perhaps most famous, city is Seattle. Other noteable cities in Washington include Bellevue, Bellingham, Everett, Federal Way, Kennewick, Kent, Lakewood, Renton, Shoreline, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver and Yakima.
There are quite a few attractions and places of interest in Washington, especially in the Seattle-area. Undoubtedly the most famous of this is the Space Needle, an iconic building which is recognized the world over. Washington is also home to many beautiful natural regions, and the state contains three national parks, several national forests and many wilderness designated areas.
Professional sports teams in Washington include the Everett AquaSox (Northwest League baseball) in Everett, the Seattle Mariners (Major League Baseball) in Seattle, the Seattle Seahawks (American football in the NFL) in Seattle, Seattle Sounders (USL-1 soccer) in Seattle, the Seattle SuperSonics (National Basketball Association) in Seattle, the Spokane Indians (Northwest League baseball) in Spokane, the Tacoma Rainiers (Pacific Coast League baseball) in Tacoma, the Tri-City Dust Devils (Northwest League baseball) in Pasco, and the Yakima Bears (Northwest League baseball) in Yakima.
The principal airport in Washington is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which is in SeaTac.
Some of the leading companies that have based their headquarters in Washington include Microsoft (in Redmond), Amazon.com (in Seattle), Boeing Commercial Airplanes (in Renton), Costco Wholesale (in Issaquah), Cray Inc. (in Seattle), Nintendo of America (in Redmond), Nordstrom (in Seattle), Paccar (in Bellevue), Starbucks Corporation (in Seattle), Washington Mutual (in Seattle) and Weyerhaeuser (in Federal Way).
Probably the best known educational institution in Washington is the University of Washington which is in Seattle
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