A Washington holiday will be jam-packed of fun things to do, making it the perfect place to have a break from the UK. Feel at home with nature in the North Cascades mountain range with hiking, fishing, white water rafting and skiing all on offer. The state capital of Olympia has a buzzing music scene while a trip to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle is a must – you'll be awestruck by the stunning views of the city and harbour. Animal lovers will want to book a whale watching trip during their visit to Bellingham.
There are plenty of flights to the USA available from the UK, although direct flights to Washington are only available from London Heathrow Airport, flying to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. American Airlines and British Airways both offer direct flights to Washington. You can, however, journey out from a much broader range of UK airports if you book an indirect flight - they can sometimes work out slightly cheaper.
The state of Washington is also accessible from Vancouver International Airport located 44 kilometres from the border. If you're on a budget it may be worth looking into both the airports to see which trip offers the cheapest deal. Just be aware that indirect flights into Vancouver are slightly more expensive.
The Greyhound bus company offers the largest bus routes in the state so keep a look out for the company if you wish to travel around during your holiday in Washington. Alternatively, many of the towns offer their own bus services.
You can find plenty of cheap hotels in the USA and the state of Washington is no different. If you really need to stick to a strict budget then look into motels as these tend to be cheaper than average hotels. If you're after a bargain make sure you book well in advance – you'd be surprised at what savings you can make!
The state of Washington is well known for its beautiful landscape and best of all it's free to take advantage of all the natural grandeur. Don your walking boots and take to the mountains or visit one of the five major active volcanoes. Just be careful where you step!
If you're looking for some unique and cheap souvenirs to take home then look no further than thrift stores. You'll be able to find some amazing bargains if you're willing to have a hunt around – you'll need to roll your sleeves up and start digging. Don't forget to save some room in your luggage, though.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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