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Washington (state)

Washington (/ˈwɒʃɪŋtən/ ( listen)), officially the State of Washington, is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. 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 was ceded by Britain in 1846 in accordance with the Oregon Treaty in the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. Olympia is the state capital. Washington is sometimes referred to as Washington State, to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, which is often shortened to Washington.

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Why Washington is one of America's Most Spectacular States

Whales, waterfalls, turquoise lakes, mountains and the coast are all reasons to explore the state of Washington

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Four of the five longest floating bridges in the world, are located in Washington; three of which are situated over Lake Washington, the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge and Homer M. Hadley Bridge. The last is the Hood Canal Bridge over the Hood Canal.

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