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skipole

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Gosh, we have only lived here for a few years and yes we don't care for some of the politics or tax issues here, but I think this was worth $10.

Rainier, Mt. Stuart, the Columbia River etc... are awesome sights. Maybe I am just crazy about these views because I grew-up back east, but I highly suggest visiting WA State (it is not humid in the summer either and that is worth big bucks to me).

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ctpres wrote:

Just finished ordering individual state travel guides for our six mo NW US summer trip. WA wanted real money for all but one piece of typical tourist info????



That explains why the DW hasn't received anything from Washington tourism office. She requested materials from about 15 states over a month ago, and it is still trickling in. F. Knowles posted that the office of tourism in WA was abolished last summer. We were there 15 years ago and spent lotsa $ with our two youngest boys, and had a very good time. That trip was 2 1/2 weeks and included an inland trip down to Portland,Eugene and Grant's Pass over to Crescent City and then up the coast of OR back to Seattle. Of all places, the DW just loved Newport, OR, and looks forward to returning there someday. I feel bad for anyone relying on tourism in WA. considering the diminished focus on state promotion to visitors. I know Maine would suffer big time without the 4 season influx of visitors, with greater emphasis on SUMMAH.

BTW, not attempting to hijack the thread, but hands down Oklahoma sent the finest tourism package you could imagine. A 2.25"x8.5x11.5" box full of superbly diverse info about their state. OR and Nebraska sent ample materials, but pale in comparison. Hats off to OK,see you in May.

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Well, now, in defense of my Home State I'd like to say that the Tourism office was abolished as UNNECESSARY, given Washington's fame as a Destination State.

Word-of-mouth and geography work really well for us, though I can certainly see why some States need more aggressive advertising to attract visitors...


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dalmationlovers wrote:

You don't need any pass if you book a campsite at a Washington State Park. If you tow your vehicle in on your MH no charge. If you unhook the vehicle and drive it in its $10. I also disagree on what the state parks have to offer. They are beautiful and in most cases well kept. I refuse to go to private parks and pay the extra. I like it simple. I have lived in WA over 50 years and began camping in the early 60's at Lake Cushman (now private)

IF you don't want to come and visit a beautiful part of our nation OK. More room for me.

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I love my home state of Washington. I still live 10 miles from where I was born 52 years ago. Budget decisions have to be made in every state by the powers that be and well, we just have to live with them or try to vote them out. Why let what probably amounts to the price of a gallon or two of gas keep you from visiting a state that has so much to offer? Believe me, if you take the free brochures that another state gives you and go there, they're going to get some of your money one way or another. Happy Trails.


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quoyfab wrote:

BTW, not attempting to hijack the thread, but hands down Oklahoma sent the finest tourism package you could imagine. A 2.25"x8.5x11.5" box full of superbly diverse info about their state. OR and Nebraska sent ample materials, but pale in comparison. Hats off to OK,see you in May.


Advertising 101: When you have a product people don't want you have to advertise more. When you have a product that sells itself, you can get away with little or no advertising.

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Seattle Steve wrote:

quoyfab wrote:

BTW, not attempting to hijack the thread, but hands down Oklahoma sent the finest tourism package you could imagine. A 2.25"x8.5x11.5" box full of superbly diverse info about their state. OR and Nebraska sent ample materials, but pale in comparison. Hats off to OK,see you in May.


Advertising 101: When you have a product people don't want you have to advertise more. When you have a product that sells itself, you can get away with little or no advertising.


Please, Fellow Washingtonians...let's not be too hard on Oklahoma. We owe it a debt of gratitude for its contributions to our own growth.

Literally!

Even Oklahoma's own DIRT picked up and headed West back in the 1930's, immediately followed by most of the human population. What other State has contributed more to our Western Way of Life, not to mention our Land Mass?

Let's just hope that we Westerners aren't expected to bring a bucketful of Oklahoma back there with us when we visit...

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All this because they started charging for their states travel guide? The local "industry" where I live is skiing resorts. The local county IDA (Industrial Development Agency) finances their building projects. You should hear the locals here scream about that. But those "out of state" skiers sure know how to spend their money "locally"! And if we did not finance those ski resorts, there would be not money to go around and more unemployment. And those skiers know where to come to and do not mind spending a measly two bucks for a travel guide. And those travel guides cost a heck of a lot more than the measly two bucks when push comes to shove.

Oh, and I use to brag about our state parks here in New York State. No more, cause I have stayed at a state park in Mississippi of all places! Could not believe it. Found out that Mississippi's state parks are better than those in NYS!!! Mississippi of all places!!! Mississippi state parks can be a destination..., and I have let our local state park officials know about that!


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