Washington became the 42nd state to enter the Union on November 11, 1889. Located in the Northwest corner of the United States' lower 48 states, it is bordered by British Columbia, Canada to the North; Idaho to the East; Oregon to the South; and the Pacific Ocean to the West. It reaches from sea level to the towering heights of Mt. Rainier (14,410 feet/4392 meters), the fifth tallest mountain in the country. The Cascade Mountain Range serves as a divider between the western and eastern portions of the state. Whidbey Island, the second longest island in the country, is located in Washington's Puget Sound. Three of the country's 100 most heavily populated cities are located in Washington as well: Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma. As of 1990, Washington ranked 18th in terms of highest state populations.

When Oregon considered becoming a state, settlers worked to come up with a name for the remaining area of Oregon Territory. The original plan was to name it Columbia, after the Columbia River, an important route in the territory. When this suggestion was turned down by the politicians in the District of Columbia (they were afraid of confusion), settlers chose to name the territory in honor of the United States' first president, George Washington. Characteristic of this state's humor, there is now a town of George, Washington.

Events in Washington's recorded history note it as the location from which Lewis and Clark first viewed the Pacific Ocean in November 1805. It also served as a key location for miners during the Gold Rush era. Many Native American people have held great influence in the ever-changing role of Washington State. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980 also placed a spotlight on this region.

Major industries include logging, apples, fishing, aeronautics, agriculture, computer hardware and software, and tourism.

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This category is reserved for companies with locations covering multiple regions across the state. Statewide organizations serving businesses may also be included.

More local or regional businesses should be submitted to the appropriate city or county.

Please submit to the most specific subcategory pertaining to your company''s physical location. By submitting to the locality* your company is in, your site has a greater chance of being processed quickly. Thanks for your interest in helping the Open Directory Project.

Joe''s Coffeehouse in Seattle should be submitted to Seattle/Business_and_Economy/Restaurants_and_Bars/Coffee_and_Tea

*If there is no Business&Economy subcategory currently in your locality, please submit to that locality''s main level - one will be created by an editor.

Please note that your submissions will not be reviewed here, and may be deleted on sight. Instead, please be sure to submit your site (once and only once) to the locality where your physical office is located. This is in keeping with the Real Estate site publishing guidelines for the entire Open Directory. Your cooperation is appreciated in order to ensure an expeditious review.
Includes general interest online guides and directories specific to the region; those that are specific to a particular topic should instead be placed within the appropriate topic subcategory within the region. Its title and location are mandatory if a category containing general guides and directories for the particular region or locale is to be used.
Please include here only those sites that relate to health care outside traditional medicine and that are based in the State of Washington.

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If your company/entity has only one location, please submit to that locality/city. Only if your company/entity has more than one location, in more than one city, and these locations are within two or more adjoining counties, may you submit to a Metro Area category.


  • Chapter of an organization with members in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR.

  • A company with offices, one in Tacoma, one in Seattle.
  • Always, always, always submit to your locality first. The determination to add a site to this category will be made by an editor. Submitting here continuously will not make things go faster; it takes that much longer to process and route your site to the appropriate locality.

    Please only submit archery related sites located in Washington State.
    This category is for sites that cover multiple counties and metro areas in Washington. Sites specific to a county or locality should be added to the category for that county or locality.


  • The Columbia wine region

  • Historic Native American tribal areas around the Puget Sound
  • This category is for listing sites that concern the make up of the local community: its people, its history, and resources and institutions that serve the people. Subjects include religion, clubs and lodges, reunions, women, men, seniors, kids, teens, activism, alternative sexuality, genealogy, and personal home pages.
    Submissions to this category should focus on the communities of Washington.

    If your site is not statewide in focus, please submit to the appropriate region, county, or locality category.

    If your site focuses on a specific community, please submit to the appropriate category for that community.

    This category lists only comprehensive lodging resources for Washington State as a whole. All other sites should be listed in a more specific subcategory.
    • Multiple submissions of the same site or multiple sites for the same business is abuse and against guidelines.
    • Sites for all lodging establishments (including hotels, motels, inns, resorts, vacation rentals, bed and breakfast establishments, and hostels) will be listed once in the Lodging category for the city or town where they are located. Please submit such sites directly to the most specific category.
    Submitting to the correct category will speed the listing of your site. Sites currently listed in this category and subcategories are in the process of being sorted down to more appropriate categories.

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    Washington, USA, Live Satellite, Forecasts, Current Temperature & Conditions, Storm Warning, Radar, National Weather Service Listings
    This category only contains links to the weather category of specific localities in Washington. If you don''t find the specific locality here, please go to Regional/North_America/United_States/Washington/Localities.