Washington’s climate is temperate, moderated by warm ocean air, and this appeals to retirees. The state’s biggest tourist attraction is its spectacular scenery. Its stunning and dramatic seacoast, lush rain forests and mountain vistas bring tourists from all over the country.
For those who prefer to stay indoors, sophisticated Seattle has lively nightlife, fine restaurants, professional sports and the Pike Street Market. Manufacturing leads Washington’s economy, but forestry, agriculture and fishing are also important. The native American economy Lewis and Clark found in 1805 began to give way to forestry and farming in the 1840s when settlers arrived. In 1889 Washington entered the Union as the 42nd state.