In the Pacific Northwest region of the United States sits Washington State. It is the second most populous state on the west coast, only behind California, and is the 13th most populous state in the nation. Over half of the state’s population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area. While Olympia is the capital city, Seattle is the business and cultural hub of the state. Washington is home to some of the most recognizable companies in the world, including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and Nintendo of America. Technology is a leading industry in the state, but other industries include lumber and wood products, biotechnology, energy, and tourism. Tourists flock to Washington to ski, kayak, hike and climb some of the most breathtaking mountains in the country, surf, boat, fish, and enjoy the natural beauty provided by the state. Home to vibrant cities, major businesses and corporations, and endless natural wonder, Washington has it all.