There are many historical and unique places in the state of Washington, which became the 42nd state in the United States on November 11, 1889. Following are just five of the unusual facts about the state:


Five Fast Facts

1 – On top of Seattle’s Space Needle, a landmark observation tower, at the height of 500 feet, the SkyCity Restaurant was opened in 1961 when the Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. It was the site of the first revolving restaurant in the 48 contiguous United States and the world’s second revolving restaurant. The entire “saucer” does not rotate, just a 14-foot ring with a revolving turntable weighing approximately 125 tons.

2- Washington state has more glaciers than the other 47 contiguous states combined and is the second most glaciated state in the USA after Alaska. The magnificent glaciers are found on nearly all the state’s high mountains. National parks such as Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic provide a chance to enjoy the beauty of the glaciers.

3- The Olympic Peninsula’s forests are among the rainiest places in the world and are the only rainforests in the continental United States. The Quinault Rainforest and the Hoh Rainforest have an annual precipitation of approximately 150 inches. 

4- The world’s first soft-serve ice cream machine was located in a Dairy Queen in the capitol city of Olympia. Soft serve ice cream has been sold commercially in the USA since the late 1930s. It is less dense and softer than regular ice cream and is common at carnivals, fairs, amusement parks, specialty shops, and restaurants.

5- The games Pickle-ball, Pictionary and Cranium were all invented in Washington.

  • Pickle-ball was invented on Bainbridge Island outside of Seattle in 1965. Traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with special paddles, the smaller ball and the lower net make the game accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
  • Pictionary is a word-guessing charades-inspired game derived from the words “picture” and “dictionary” that was first published in 1985. This is a game for four to eight players that try to draw a certain word on paper for their teammates to identify within a time limit.
  • Cranium is a game created by Richard Tait and Whit Alexander in 1998 when Richard recognized the need for a game that would involve a variety of skills. Cranium is billed as “The Game for Your Whole Brain.”