1. You grew up eating the freshest, most delicious produce.
From apples and asparagus to the glorious few months known as cherry season, Washington grows some of the best fruits and veggies in the country. Moving elsewhere might mean making some disappointing trips down the grocery store aisles.
2. You get to experience all four seasons.
Sure, there’s more snow on the east side and summers aren’t quite as scorching in Western Washington. But no matter what part of the state you called home, you’ll definitely be able to tell the seasons apart.
3. You're always next to nature.
No one is ever far from nature in Washington. Even if you live in the heart of Seattle or Spokane, our two biggest cities, you’re only a few minutes away from a hiking trail, lake, beach or mountain.
4. You’ve seen the best concerts at the best venue on Earth.
Washington lands some pretty big artists to play at its numerous venues, but the best spot to see a show is definitely the Gorge Amphitheater in George. Watching a sunset there while listening to your favorite band perform will change your life.
5. The seafood.
Freshly caught Pacific salmon. Fresh clams from the coast. Crab. If you grow up eating the seafood in Washington, you’ll get used to enjoying it at its best.
6. The coffee.
Seattle is certainly known for its amazing coffee, but it’s not the only place in the state to get a perfectly brewed cup. If your first taste of coffee was in Washington, you might be disappointed the first time you try it anywhere else.
7. The beer and wine.
The Yakima Valley and other parts of Central Washington just happen to have the perfect climate for growing excellent hops and grapes for wine. The result is over 850 wineries and 300 breweries that make the best libations ever.
8. Weekend getaways include visits to places like Leavenworth and Long Beach.
Washington has some of the best small towns in the country, each of which is charming in its own way.
9. The state fairs are wonderful.
Every state has fairs, and many of them are great. But once you’ve done “The Puyallup” or experienced the Central Washington State Fair, the bar is set pretty high.
10. The views.
There truly isn’t an ugly part of our state. From the Palouse wheat fields to the unparalleled beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington has something everyone can appreciate… and that’s hard to find.