Diverse terrain with hip city attractions
You’ll know you’re in Washington when the wild and rugged scenery of the Pacific Northwest unfolds in front of you — and you only just left the big city of Seattle moments ago. (Plus, there’s at least one espresso shop on every block.) Washington is the only state in the ‘lower 48’ where you can explore a national park in a temperate rainforest in the morning, hike the trails at a National Volcanic Monument in the afternoon and smell the desert sage as the sun sets.
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Designed by engineer Andre Waterkeyn and architects Andre and Jean Polak, this atom-inspired building was originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Fair. The structure, which was chosen to depict the enthusiasm of the Atomic Age, features nine connected stainless steel-clad spheres, six of which are accessible by the public.