Welcome to Washington
When most people think of Washington, they think of rain-dampened forests, alpine wildernesses, and roaring rivers. Indeed, you could spend a lifetime discovering the forests and valleys of Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains. But Washington also boasts so much more! From the lava fields around Mount St. Helens to the badlands of the Channeled Scablands, and from the islands of the Puget Sound to the ancient cedars of the Columbia Plateau in western Washington, this state has enough to keep you exploring for the rest of your natural days.
Anglers can experience deep-sea fishing, flyfishing for migratory salmon and steelhead in the mighty rivers, or trolling for bass and other sportfish in the many lakes and reservoirs. Hikers and horse riders can enjoy short nature trails a quick hop away from Seattle or plunge into one of the many wilderness areas. History buffs find plenty to interest them with historic forts along the coast and along the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. Skiiers, snowmobilers, and snowshoers can choose from a myriad of well-maintained snow parks, perfectly suited for winter fun. Although the forests around Seattle are well--visited, solitude is easily found in the mountains of western Washington. Rainforests cover the Olympic Penninsula, while south central Washington is a sunny wonderland of arid steppes.
Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it here in Washington. Take some time to explore the wonders of Washington here at the Washington Public Lands Information Center. You will discover a wealth of detailed information about where to go and what to do while touring the public lands of this state.
In our Maps & Books section, you can purchase books, maps, and other educational items to make your virtual or real visit truly rewarding.
To begin your journey, click on Recreation Search.
If you have any questions please email the Washington PLIC staff. For information on lodging, museums, tribal lands, and commercial attractions or services, contact Washington State Tourism. For information about hunting and fishing regulations and licensing information for Idaho, please contact the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.