Occupying the very northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest, Washington is renowned for its enchanting landscape and innately friendly people. From its thriving cities to its evergreen forests and vital coastal regions, Western Washington has a little something for everyone. Washington also is considered a thought leader for the United States and is known for progressive thinking and an outspoken population. This is part of the reason why some of the following successful corporations call it home: Microsoft, Boeing, Costco, REI (whose flagship store in downtown Seattle is a destination unto itself). Olympia is the state’s capital and is home to some of the best art galleries on the west coast. Western Washington has an oceanic climate that features luscious greenery and plenty of rain. The region is known as a destination because of its invigorating culture, comfortable summer climate and its proximity to the ocean. Seafood lovers apply here.