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Explore Washington’s 3 amazing national parks

North Cascades National Park is Washington's natural beauty at its best.



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.


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