Mount Rainier National Park | Photo: Justin Bailie

100 Years Young

 As the National Park Service turns 100 in August, it celebrates 59 of the country’s most spectacular natural spaces, including three in Washington state. Our national parks house majestic peaks, ancient forests, secluded lakes, and more. Better still, each is easily accessible and only a few hours from Seattle.

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The park service operates a number of other notable Washington destinations.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Seattle played a major role in the Alaskan Gold Rush, serving as a jump-off point for hungry prospectors. This free Pioneer Square museum’s exhibits reveal the peril of the 1890s rush to the Klondike. *319 Second Ave S;

Wing Luke Museum

This park-affiliated museum explores the history of Asian Pacific American life in Seattle and also offers tours of the Chinatown-International District. *719 S King St;;

Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Along with sites in New Mexico and Tennessee, Washington’s Hanford Site reactor is a relic of World War II’s atomic bomb program.


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