Without a doubt, the best state in the U.S.
As of 2013, Washington is the only state to have legalized gay marriage, recreational marijuana use for adults and physician assisted suicide.
Gay marriage states: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington
Weed states: Colorado, Washington
Physician assisted suicide: Montana, Oregon, Washington
Washington is as far as you can get away from the nation's capital without leaving the lower 48, though it shares a name with it.
It borders cool and funky towns and cities in different states and provinces to the north, south and east: Vancouver, B.C., Portland, Oregon, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho but it also has its own awesome cities and towns like Seattle, Spokane and Olympia.
Sure, Washington has its problems. Some rednecks and a meth problem in Eastern Washington, a heroin problem and some gang activity in Western Washington. But what state doesn't have its problems? Overall, Washington is a fantastic place to live and Seattle has one of the nation's lowest crime rates for a city its size.
The people tend to be down to earth, laid back, open-minded and friendly. There's beautiful scenery everywhere you go. There's liberal politics west of the Cascade range and libertarian politics east of it. It's one of the most secular states in the country. Great music comes out of Washington and the state's population is the most well-read out of all the states.
Person 1: "What's the best state in America?"
Person 2: "Washington, of course!"
February 20, 2013