Mount Rainier National Park, with 236,381 un-spoiled acres, was established in 1899, 17 years before the National Park Service was formed, making it one of the oldest in the nation.More
Named for Mount Olympus, deemed fit to be the home of gods, Olympic National Park seems a likely spot for deities to settle. It has luminous peaks, lush rain forests, and a stretch of wild beaches, alMore
The park service operates a number of other notable Washington destinations.
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; nps.gov/klse
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; wingluke.org; nps.gov/wing
Along with sites in New Mexico and Tennessee, Washington’s Hanford Site reactor is a relic of World War II’s atomic bomb program. nps.gov/mapr