Washington January 23, 2016
12 Things You Can Only Brag About If You’re From Washington
Washington is an amazing place to live. Here on the West Coast, we’re often
underrated and definitely don’t receive as much recognition as we should. While we aren’t much to brag, here are a few things that only we can be proud of in the Northwest:
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1. We have the largest ferry system in the entire country.
The Washington State Ferry system owns 28 vessels and travels around to 20 ports of call across the stunning Puget Sound.
2. Our state is considered to be the floating bridge capital of the world, with the four longest and heaviest floating bridges.
These include: The SR-520 Evergreen Point Bridge, the I-90 Lacey V. Murrow Bridge, the I-90 Homer M. Hadley Bridge, and the SR-104 Hood Canal Bridge.
3. We live in one of only seven states that doesn't charge a state income tax.
Washington's also lucky to have one of the highest minimum wages in the country at $9.47/hour, versus the minimum federal level of $7.25.
4. We have almost every kind of environment - from beaches to volcanoes, mountains, rainforest and desert.
And they're all absolutely breathtaking. Pictured is the beach at Point No Point Park in Hansville.
5. All three temperate rainforests in the contiguous United States can be found on the Olympic Peninsula.
The Hoh, Quinault, and Queets Rainforests are all spectacular areas to explore. Here's a stunning perspective from the Hall of Mosses Trail, captured in the Hoh Rainforest.
6. We lead the nation in all kinds of agricultural production.
From red raspberries to apples, mint and hops, we're definitely one of the biggest suppliers when it comes to farming the nation's food. We also rank second (to Idaho) in producing potatoes for the country, but our farmers grow more potatoes per acre than anywhere in the world.
7. In addition - we're the second largest premium wine producer in the country.
While other states might have a smaller selection when it comes to wine, we're lucky enough to have a wide range of options from local producers. You'll definitely want to get a taste of these fabulous
8. Not only did we have the first Starbucks, but we opened the first Red Robin and Cinnabon, too.
The first Red Robin location opened by the southern end of the University Bridge in Seattle in 1969. The original Cinnabon opened at the SeaTac Mall in 1985, and the only option on the menu at the time was the "Cinnabon Classic" cinnamon roll.
9. We've been home to some of the most groundbreaking musicians.
To name a few: Nirvana, Modest Mouse, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Sir Mix-A-lot, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Bing Crosby all started in our state. Who are some of your favorite artists from around here?
10. Father's Day was founded in Spokane.
This June holiday was started in Spokane in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. She was only 16 when her mother passed away, and after hearing a sermon at church about Mother's Day, she was motivated to see that fathers received the same amount of appreciation.
11. We're sustainable and we take care of our environment.
Nearly 75% of our state’s power comes from renewable energy sources including hydroelectric, solar and wind. We're also home to the Grand Coulee Dam, which is the largest hydroelectric power producer in the country.
12. We live in one of the most beautiful areas on Earth.
From the jaw-dropping waterfalls to the dozens of lakes, rivers, mountains and forests surrounding us, there's truly nothing like the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Why live anywhere else?
Isn’t Washington the best? What are some other things we can be proud of in our state?