Temperature: Winter temperatures range from 11 °C on the warmer Pacific and 4 °C in the northeast, and can soar to mid-30s°C to low 40s°C in the western region. The climate is generally mild and while it does rain, it’s usually light. Summers are warm with the occasional heat wave.
Best time to visit: July to August, when the infamously rainy skies are clearer.
Sample the best of the Washington brewpubs or tour the Yakima Valley wineries to get the real local flavour.
Enjoy outdoor pursuits in the San Juan Islands, or see the resting Mount St. Helens volcano from a safe distance.
The kids will delight in digging for real treasures, and seeing killer whales frolicking in the sea.
Language: The language spoken in the USA is English.
Currency: The currency used in the USA is the Dollar ($).
Local time: Washington State is 8 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) for Seattle, and Portland International Airport (PDX), which is around 17km from Vancouver.
Flight time from UK: 9-10 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found here.
Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Washington.
Walking: Make sure you have a map for Seattle – the streets can be a bit confusing.
By public transport: The Seattle Center Monorail is the perfect way to reach the main attractions in the city. Other rail and bus systems are operated by Sound Transit. The transit services on Vancouver are run by C-TRAN.
The fun of the fair: The Washington State Fair (September) and Spring Fair (April) have a fun party atmosphere, and have the added benefit of being both in the spring and early autumn – so you’ll catch them at the best times of year. The fairground is situated in Puyallup, 35 miles (56 km) south of Seattle.
Fly away: Young kids will enjoy the Long Beach Washington State International Kite Festival (August), where they can fly their own kites, and watch the amazing colourful displays.
On the hop: Downtown Yakima hosts the Fresh Hop Ale Festival (October), which has been rated one of the top beer festivals in the USA.