Washington State is a place of both rugged natural beauty and refined culture. Its beaches on the Pacific Ocean invite a myriad of activities including scuba diving, and shell collecting. The boardwalk at Long Beach stretches for half a mile with interpretive displays, picnic areas and stunning views of the seaside landscape. Mighty rivers like the Columbia thread through the state, offering opportunities for kayaking and fishing. The Olympic Mountains and Cascade Range tower over the landscape, and are blanketed in temperate rainforests, alpine meadows and hot springs. Across the state, thriving urban areas complement the landscape’s natural allure. Seattle’s legendary music scene and café culture provide an attractive quality of life and draw visitors from around the world. Located in the shadow of Mount Rainier, Tacoma is home to some of the world’s finest glass artists, as demonstrated by its Museum of Glass and Chihuly Bridge of Glass. The capital city of Olympia is not only the state’s hub of government activity, it’s also home to the state’s largest farmer’s market, and is laced with a network of hiking and biking trails. In Seattle, the University of Washington School of Nursing has been ranked the best nursing school in America for 17 years by U.S. News and World Report.