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Washington

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Seattle, Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands are the most popular draws for visitors, but Washington's physical splendor runs the gamut from the dense rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula to the glacier-carved peaks of Mount Rainier. The state's nearly 400 vineyards ...

Seattle, Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands are the most popular draws for visitors, but Washington's physical splendor runs the gamut from the dense rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula to the glacier-carved peaks of Mount Rainier. The state's nearly 400 vineyards are clustered mostly in the Columbia and Yakima valleys of the southcentral region. Located on generally the same latitude as Burgundy and Bordeaux (and in the “rain shadow” east of the Cascade mountains), the area has long, dry summer days that contribute to acclaimed vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay. For more moody, temperate varietals of Pinot Noir, look south to Oregon. 

The majestic longitudinal range of the Cascades roughly bisects the state, directing the vast majority of its precipitation into the temperate rain forests of the west. To the surprise of many, much of eastern Washington is an arid region of stark plains and outright deserts. Prevailing winds from the northwest lend Washington a relatively dry climate during the spring and summer, while the latter half of the year is notoriously wet — between October and May, Seattle is cloudy or partly cloudy six days of the week.

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