Fort Simcoe, a former military installation established in the 1850's to keep peace between the European settlers and Indians, is now a day park situated throughout an old oak grove. It paints a picture of mid-19th century army life with original buildings, including the Commander's house, and an interpretive center. Take in the surroundings by strolling the 200-acre greens.
At Fort Vancouver, a former fur trading post, the northwest's early political, cultural and commercial future began to unfold. A popular pit stop for trappers, missionaries, explorers and mountain men traveling within Oregon country, the fort's reconstructed buildings tell the tale of this historical trading hub.
Rich in history, Dayton is home to117 buildings listed on the National Register, offering an impressive and memorable historical experience for all. Settled in the 1850s, successful businessmen and farmers built impressive residential, commercial, and public buildings here during the town's economic boom in the 1880s.
Seattle's Museum of History and Industry shares the city's story from 1850 to the present with exhibits and photographs in its home near Lake Washington. The museum's vast collection exemplifies the area's diverse social, cultural and economic history.
Washington is also home to many vibrant ethnic communities. The International District in Seattle is perhaps the only place in the United States where Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, Samoan, Cambodian, Laotian, and Native Hawaiian inhabitants settled together building a single neighborhood. Visit the I.D., as it is known, and enjoy Asian restaurants, specialty shops, markets, as well as the Wing Luke Asian Museum where residents celebrate their culture and art.
Nestled in the foothills of the Cascades, the Bavarian village of Leavenworth beckons visitors year round with its Bavarian eats, specialty shops and cozy accommodation. Festivals are a part of life here, the most popular being the Autumn Leaf Festival, Oktoberfest, Christmas Lighting Festival and Ice Fest.
The Ballard community, an eclectic and artsy district of Seattle, is steeped in Scandinavian heritage. It is brimming with boutique shops, restaurants, pubs, and waterfront parks and is the site of the Nordic Heritage Museum.
The Vancouver National Historic Reserve in Vancouver, Washington offers an immense open history book that includes Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver Barracks, Officers Row, Pearson Field and portions of the Columbia River waterfront. Programs at the reserve include interpretive walks and ranger-led talks as well as living history programs and multi-media presentations.