Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety. A day's exploration can take you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools and moss-draped rainforests. Can you name all four of our rainforests?
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Moss draped trees and ferns below the rainforest canopy.
Photographer: Ross Hamilton
Location:West edge of Olympic National Park
Date Created:May 15, 2015
Located on the west side of San Juan Island, Lime Kiln State Park is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from a land-based facility. Enjoy the trails through Pacific Madrone trees as you make your way to the rocky shoreline.
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Whale pod passes in front of Lime Kiln State Park
Photographer: Guen Jones
Description:Lime Kiln State Park
Location:San Juan Island
Date Created:June 26, 2015
The road to Artist Point at the end of the Mount Baker Scenic Byway is OPEN. This means that your opportunities for accessing the Mount Baker backcountry and the incredible views it affords of the surrounding landscape just expanded exponentially.
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Mt. Shuksan from Picture Lake
Photographer: Marcus Yearout
Date Created:April 03, 2015
La Push Beach is actually divided into three sections. Popular Second Beach (pictured above), just east of LaPush, is reached by way of a .7 mile forested trail that leads to a 2-mile long sandy stretch of beach accented with photo-ready seastacks.
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Expansive Second Beach near La Push
Photographer: John Marshall
Date Created:May 08, 2015
Located near tiny Wastucna on the Palouse Scenic Byway, Palouse Falls is a gorgeous remnant of the Lake Missoula Floods that gouged this landscape around 16,000 years ago.
Looking for SCENIC ROAD TRIPS, things to do and places to stay in Washington State? Washington is an outdoor recreation paradise packed with places to visit for any interest from beach combing to wine tasting or extreme adventure. With twenty-nine officially designated National and State Scenic Byways—including the nation's only Marine Highway—you'll never want for road trip inspirations. Chuckanut Drive, the San Juan Islands, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Peninsula and the rolling hills of the Palouse are all great year-round destinations so make plans now to hit the road!
Experience Washington State tourism and travel at its finest!
With an enormous variety of activities and attractions that range from cultural to adventurous, it can be difficult deciding exactly what things to do in Washington State. Climb into a cave; peer into a volcano; find a campground near towering waterfalls and pristine back country lakes; explore Washington State attractions; take a road trip on one of many Washington State Scenic Byways. It's all waiting for you when you plan a vacation in Washington State!
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