Calling all explorers!
Go to www.flashearth.com/ and enter the search name listed below each Top 10 listing.
Zoom in and out using the + and – keys or your mouse wheel.
1. Space Needle (Seattle)
Even though the actual Space Needle just appears as a flat white circle with an intricate shadow, the area has amusement park rides all around. Also, scan upward on the screen to see the amazing view of the Seattle Center’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame building.
More Info: http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/location/detail.asp?VE_VenueNum=600
Search: space needle
2. Puget Sound
A mass of islands and inlets, this view offers spectacular water-depth detail, bridges, boats, and more. A great place to explore for a while.
More Info: http://www.gonorthwest.com/Washington/puget/Puget_Sound.htm
Search: puget sound
3. Mt. St. Helens
If you always wanted to explore the inside of this infamous volcano, this is your chance! Excellent detail on the entire volcano and the surrounding area. Follow the canyons that the mudflows formed and see the lakes it created after the explosion.
More info: http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/
Search: mt st helens
4. Pike Place Market (Seattle)
This world-famous fresh fish market is a really fun place to look around. The zoom is so good here that you can see the lunch table umbrellas, vending carts, and even the people.
More Info: http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/
Search: pike place market
5. Grand Coulee Dam
From turbulent water to cars and cliffs, this is a great place to view the United State’s largest concrete structure.
More Info: http://users.owt.com/chubbard/gcdam/
Search: grand coulee dam
6. Mt. Rainier
Explore ice crevasses, peaks, and shadowy snow in this amazingly detailed mountain.
More Info: http://www.mt-rainier.com/
Search: mt rainier
7. “Checkerboard Forest”
I wonder if the loggers ever looked at this from above. It’s pretty neat, I saw it as I was scanning across the flash earth screen to another city. The closest city, Lester, is now a ghost town, as its last resident died in 2002.
More Info: http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/wa/lester.html
Search: lester washington
8. Quinault Indian Reservation
Bordering the Pacific coast, the rifts and rolls of this land, created by massive glaciers, is decorated with lakes and twisting rivers.
More Info: http://126.96.36.199/
9. Mt. Baker
Blanketed in ice and snow, this skier’s paradise is magnificently detailed, with great zoom.
More Info: http://www.mtbaker.us/
Search: mount baker
10. Port Townsend Bay / Indian Island
An area rich in history (and great water views!), this area has many forts, boats, docks, diving areas, sandbars, and other objects I haven’t been able to identify. Indian Island, located at the south-center of the bay, is a naval ammunition depot, with the ammunition port at the northwest end of the island.
More Info: http://www.gonorthwest.com/washington/Activities/kayaking/indianisland.htm
Search: port townsend bay