1. Dick’s Drive-In
The Dick's burger chain has been a Seattle mainstay since opening its first of now six locations in 1954. (Sadly, founder Dick Spady passed away last month.) There are a number of reasons for this: it’s quick, cheap, delicious, and open late. It’s also cash only, so you can walk up to the window, order from the limited menu, grab your bag of burgers, and be on your way.
And we're not talking about lawns. Along with Colorado, Washington was the first state to legalize the goofy green. It's always been a fairly pot-friendly place, but now you can just walk into a dispensary and buy it, or even better, have it delivered to your door depending on where you live.
3. Geographic diversity
Washington has a wide variety of landscapes. Dense forests (and even temperate rainforests), coastal beaches, island chains, the Cascade Mountain range, the vast deserts and river basins to the east, fertile farmlands -- you can see a lot of different geography on just a few-hour drive.
California is the first state that comes to mind when people think of wine in the US, which makes sense as it produces the most. But Washington comes in second -- yes, even ahead of Oregon. Wineries dot the entire state, and wine tasting has become a popular activity for locals and tourists alike.
5. Gloomy weather
It is true that Washington has a lot of grey, drizzly days. Why is this a good thing? Because it forces Washingtonians to stay indoors and cultivate their big ideas. Where else did you think grunge was going to come from... Miami?