Saturday, September 26, 2015

National Lands: Washington

Olympic National Park, Washington, USA.
Olympic National Park, Washington, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Washington is home to three national parks and the state's interstates can help travelers get to them. Mount Rainier National Park is east of Interstate 5. This impressive mountain is 14,410 feet tall. The park offers hiking and climbing opportunities, but it also has boating and fishing. Although most of the roads are closed for the winter season, the Nisqually entrance to Longmire is open. Mount Rainier is incredibly beautiful and worth a multi-day visit. Another amazing area is Olympic National Park. Almost a million acres of this park present many types of vegetation and activities for visitors. Olympic is located to the west of Interstate 5 in the northwest corner of Washington. The park has mountain peaks, waterfalls, rivers, forests and shorelines, so it presents activities for everyone. The last area is North Cascades National Park which is located to the west of Interstate 5 on the Washington-Canadian border. Mountains peaks and beautiful forests await visitors. Hiking and fishing are just some of the activities. Lake Cheland National Recreation Area is also in the vincinity. Visitors should check park alerts for all of these areas since they have been impacted by the drought and are subject to fires.
English: Mowich Lake is a lake located in the ...
English: Mowich Lake is a lake located in the northwestern corner of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many areas of historical significance are in Washington. Visitors can learn about the fur trade as they visit Fort Vancouver, which is located on the north side of the Columbia River in Vancouver by Interstate 5. In Seattle is the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park providing information on those who came to the area seeking gold. Interstate 5 is the nearest interstate. Near the border with Oregon in the southeast corner of the state is the Whitman Mission Historic Site. Interstate 82 is to the east. In the northwest corner of Washington are many islands located to the west of Interstate 5 in the beautiful San Juan Island National Historic Park. This area is reached by ferry. Also reached by ferry is Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. The Nez Perce National Historical Park covers four states. No interstates are near the park which is in the southest corner of the state.

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is in northeast Washington north of Interstate 90. Boating, fishing and swimming are some of the available activities. Covering seven states is the Oregon National Historic Trail. Located in the southern part of the state, the trail commemorates the move west of the pioneers. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail runs through eleven states. It is also in the southern part of the state with Interstate 84 as the closest interstate.

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