Explore Washington’s 3 amazing national parks
North Cascades National Park is Washington's natural beauty at its best.
PHOTO: DANIEL HERSHMAN
Celebrate the start of National Park Week with free admission on Saturday, April 20.
Washington has three national parks, plus a number of national historic sites and other federally managed areas.
Washington’s most iconic park, Mount Rainier, is family-friendly and easily accessible from Seattle. You’ll find plenty of options for day hikes and comfortable visitors’ centers — basically your no-hassle wilderness experience.
Olympic National Park is more remote; it’s known for its old-growth rainforest and miles of rocky beaches.
North Cascades is best suited for visitors up for challenging hikes. But what a payoff: sweeping vistas of the Cascade Mountains, Washington’s natural beauty at its best.
And remember: All fourth-graders (and their families) are eligible to get a free national park pass, and it's ridiculously easy to get.
Related: Washington state parks are free on these other days in 2019.