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Recreation in the Dazzling Evergreen State


Washington can be known for its urban metropolises like Seattle with the iconic Space Needle, but the outdoor splendor that is the Washington countryside is not without its charm. Dazzling skylines of the Washington Cascades, gorgeous sunsets of Puget Sound and the Washington coast, and the beautiful Okanagen Valley of eastern Washington all create what we envision as the scenic northwest.

Visit the impressive Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument near Kelso in southern Washington, and only peel your eyes away from the mountainous skyline to explore the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake. Found yourself near the scenic city of Othello? Take a break from the rain and make the trip to the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge for bird watching, fishing and even hunting.

The best way to explore the scenery of Washington is through the many national and state parks of the Evergreen State. Discover the beauty of the northwest, and make Washington your favorite vacation spot.


WA Parks

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park – the fifth established national park in the country – is a gorgeous getaway covering nearly 24,000 acres of Washington countryside near Yakima and Ellensburg.

Iconized by the famed Mt. Rainier, this national park is a staple of the U.S. National Park Service and the state of Washington.

Make your way to Paradise – home to the Paradise Historic District – and explore the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center while taking in the view of the Tatoosh Range, and of course, Mount Rainier.

Head to the Nisqually River Valley for a visit to Longmire – a visitor center home to a Wilderness Information Center and the Longmire Museum.

From there, you can hike out a chunk of the 93-mile Wonderland Trail encircling Mt. Rainier National Park, or head to the northeast corner of the park for the Sunrise Visitor Center – the highest point in Mt. Rainier National Park reachable by vehicle.


WA Parks

Rainbow Falls State Park

Rainbow Falls State Park

Set just west of Chehalis in southwestern Washington, Rainbow Falls State Park is a scenic escape in the beautiful Chehalis Valley.

Here, you may take advantage of the many multipurpose trails, freshwater fishing and swimming, and other recreational opportunities like bird watching and wildlife viewing.

Snap an unforgettable photo of Rainbow Falls State Park’s rainbow-crowned waterfall, or take in some horseback riding during your time in this Washington state park.

Visit the park’s beautiful fuchsia garden, or find a spot along 3,400 feet of shoreline for salmon, catfish and trout fishing on the Chehalis River. Challenge a fellow traveler to a game of horseshoes, and spend lunch with the family at one of the designated picnic areas.


WA Parks

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Nestled in the northwestern corner of Washington, the Olympic National Park is a diverse haven encompassing everything from the scenic coastline of the Pacific Ocean to an actual rainforest.

Found west of Seattle and northwest of Tacoma and Lacey, the Olympic National Park offers backpacking, skiing and even rafting.

Take the whole day to hike along the beach, or trek your way through Olympic National Park to reach Sol Duc Falls – the ideal photo opportunity.

Pack the tackle box and find a spot along the Dickey River, Hoh River or Quillayute River for steelhead trout, mountain whitefish, and sockeye salmon.

Winter visitors, head to the Hurricane Ridge Ski & Snowboard Area within the park for Nordic and alpine skiing, and see if you can squeeze in a snowball fight and snowman building with the kids.


Iron Horse State Park

Found in central Washington, Iron Horse State Park is a fixture of the Cascade Mountains and Yakima River Valley offering adventurous recreation fit for any fan of the outdoors.

Iron Horse State Park is home to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, a former railroad track and historic trail running through the stunning Washington Cascades.

More paths course through Iron Horse State Park, creating a 100-mile network of trails ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Guests may also look forward to a day of everything from tranquil bird watching and wildlife viewing to intense rock climbing.

Visiting in the winter? Make your way to Iron Horse State Park for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing – plus snowmobiling, dog sledding, and some classic snowman building with the family, and all near Cle Elum.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Plus Park Place Inn & Suites

201 Interstate Avenue, Chehalis WA 98532-3701
Phone: (360) 748-4040  |  Fax: (360) 740-5323  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Snowcap Lodge

809 W Davis Street, Cle Elum WA 98922-1086
Phone: (509) 674-0200  |  Fax: (509) 674-2222  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Plus Edmonds Harbor Inn

130 W Dayton Street, Edmonds WA 98020-4130
Phone: (425) 771-5021  |  Fax: (425) 672-2880  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Ellensburg Hotel

211 W Umptanum Road, Ellensburg WA 98926-9672
Phone: (509) 925-4244  |  Fax: (509) 925-4211  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Lacey Inn & Suites

8326 Quinault Drive NE, Lacey WA 98516-5831
Phone: (360) 456-5655  |  Fax: (360) 456-5255  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Lighthouse Suites Inn

491 Damon Road, Ocean Shores WA 98569-9341
Phone: (360) 289-2311  |  Fax: (360) 289-0509  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel

2611 E E Street, Tacoma WA 98421-1225
Phone: (253) 272-7737  |  Fax: (253) 272-5919  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Tumwater-Olympia Inn

5188 Capitol Boulevard SE, Tumwater WA 98501-4442
Phone: (360) 956-1235  |  Fax: (360) 357-6025  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Plus Yakima Hotel

1614 N 1st Street, Yakima WA 98901-1704
Phone: (509) 453-8898  |  Fax: (509) 453-8874  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

10

Best Western Plus Ahtanum Inn

2408 Rudkin Road, Yakima WA 98903-1610
Phone: (800) 348-9701  |  Fax: (509) 248-3607  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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