The 12 Best State and National Parks

Washington State Parks:

Washington acquired the nickname the ‘Evergreen State' due to its many evergreen forests, and it's a paradise for tourists and nature lovers. It has everything from snow-capped mountains to alpine lakes, waterfalls, and campsites.

Although Olympic and Rainier make headlines as the most famous Washington State parks, there are many more hidden gems.

Whether you're a native Washingtonian or on vacation, here are eight state parks that will leave you longing for more time in the great Pacific Northwest wilderness.

Located west of Leavenworth, Lake Wenatchee is a clear blue sea encircled by mountains. Whether paddling, horseback riding, camping, or soaking your feet in the lake, so much fun awaits you here. 

Lake Wenatchee State Park

From the dunes to the iconic Deception Pass Bridge and Cranberry Lake, the park's picturesque scenery just keeps on giving. Embrace your inner explorer at the Civilian Conservation Corps Interpretive Center.

Deception Pass State Park

Named after the 198-foot Palouse Waterfall that trickles down into a deep gorge, Palouse Falls State Park earns itself a spot on the best Washington State Parks list.

Palouse Falls State Park

Lime Kiln Point State Park is famous nationwide as a whale-watching destination. It boasts breathtaking views from the vintage lighthouse or sea cliff.

Lime Kiln Point State Park

Don't let the name fool you – this park will not disappoint! Named after the unsuccessful voyage of Captain James Meares, Cape Disappointment State Park is famous for its beautiful lighthouses, hiking trails, and ocean coastlines.

Cape Disappointment State Park

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