The capital of Washington is Olympia. Washington is a leader of lumber production due to its rugged surface, rich in Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa and white pine, spruce, larch and cedar. The state is also known for its agriculture. It is a large producer of apples, lentils, hops, spearmint and peppermint oil, cherries, apricots and potatoes. Commercial fishing is integral to Washingtonâ€™s economy, especially salmon, halibut and bottomfish. The state is home to over 1,000 dams which were built for various purposes including irrigation, power, flood control and water storage. Major points of interest that draw thousands of tourists annually include Mount Rainier, Mount Olympic, Mount Saint Helens which erupted in May 1980, and the North Cascades National Parks.
Area: 52,419 sq mi (ranks 30th)
Governor: Christine Gregoire
Largest cities: Seattle