Whether you're looking for a college town with a view or a dash if urban chic, Washington is a good place to start. Its pristine old-growth forests and lively volcanoes draw tourists all year long, and quaint Victorian seaports along the Olympic peninsula support a rich cultural music and arts scene. For city lovers, Seattle is home to gourmet coffee, grunge rock, and a waterfront filled with fishmongers, flower stalls, and espresso stands. It also offers the Seattle Center, home to year-round concerts, sporting events, and arts exhibitions.
Washington's cultural offerings certainly extend to its colleges and universities. Washington is home to public and private colleges and universities, as well as extensive trade schools, healing arts academies, and community colleges. Founded in 1861, The University of Washington is located on a scenic Seattle area lake and is the oldest and largest public-supported school in the state.