National Parks in Washington

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

Location: Coupeville, WA

This stunning landscape at the gateway to Puget Sound, with its rich farmland and promising seaport, lured the earliest American pioneers north of the Columbia River to Ebey’s Landing. Today Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preserves the historical, agricultural and cultural traditions of both Native and Euro-American – while offering spectacular opportunities for recreation.

Fees: Ebey's Reserve is open to the public year-round with no admittance fee.

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Location: Vancouver, OR,WA

Located on the north bank of the Columbia River, in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. From a frontier fur trading post, to a powerful military legacy, the magic of flight, and the origin of the American Pacific Northwest, history is shared at four unique sites. Discover stories of transition, settlement, conflict, and community.

Fees: Visitors ages 16 and up. Fee applies to one individual. Receipt allows re-entry for seven days. Pay entrance fees online at

Hours Info: Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, the reconstructed Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum, located in Vancouver, Washington. All park facilities are closed on major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Summer hours are in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Winter hours are in effect from Labor Day to Memorial Day. During winter hours, park facilities will be open 9 am to 4 pm.

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Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail

Location: WA,OR,ID,MT

At the end of the last Ice Age, 18,000 to 15,000 years ago, an ice dam in northern Idaho created Glacial Lake Missoula that stretched 3,000 square miles into Montana. The dam burst and released flood waters across Washington, down the Columbia River, back flooding into Oregon, before reaching the ocean. This happened perhaps a 100 times and changed the lives and landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

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Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit National Historical Park

Location: Seattle, WA

Seattle flourished during and after the Klondike Gold Rush. Merchants supplied people from around the world passing through this port city on their way to a remarkable adventure in Alaska. Today, the park is your gateway to learn about the Klondike Gold Rush, explore the area's public lands, and engage with the local community.

Fees: Fee free park

Hours Info: The park is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Location: the Canadian border going to Coulee Dam along the Columbia River, WA

The ancient geologic landscape of the upper Columbia River cradles Lake Roosevelt in walls of stone carved by massive ice age floods. Come explore the shorelines and learn the stories of American Indians, traders and trappers, settlers and dam builders who called this place home. Swim, boat, hike, camp, and fish at this hidden gem in Northeast Washington, created by the Grand Coulee Dam.

Fees: This pass is valid for seven consecutive days. Purchase a pass online at

Hours Info: The park is open 24 hours per day, unless otherwise designated (i.e. Day Use Areas, etc.)

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Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Location: Sixteen States: IA,ID,IL,IN,KS,KY,MO,MT,NE,ND,OH,OR,PA,SD,WA,WV

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is approximately 4,900 miles long, extending from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present day Astoria, Oregon. It follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as the preparatory section from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Wood River, Illinois.

Fees: Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters Visitor Center in Omaha, NE does not charge an entrance fee, but some of our park partners do. Be sure to check with each visitor and interpretative center to find out their fees.

Hours Info: Lewis and Clark NHT visitor center in Omaha, Neb is open.

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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Location: Long Beach to Cannon Beach, OR,WA

Explore the timeless rainforests and majestic coastal vistas. Discover the rich heritage of the native people. Unfold the dramatic stories of America's most famous explorers. The park encompasses sites along the Columbia River and the Pacific Coast. Follow in the footsteps of the explorers and have an adventure in history.

Fees: Entrance Fees 16 and older - $10 per person - good for 7 days 15 and younger - free

Hours Info: Winter Hours: Begin September 7, 2021 Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed December 24th Christmas Eve Closed December 25th Christmas Day

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Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Location: Manhattan Project National Historical Park, NM,WA,TN

The Manhattan Project is one of the most transformative events of the 20th century. It ushered in the nuclear age with the development of the world’s first atomic bombs. The building of atomic weapons began in 1942 in three secret communities across the nation. As World War II waned in 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan — forever changing the world.

Fees: There is no fee to enter the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Hours Info: Oak Ridge Reservation bus tour is included in the price of admission to the American Museum of Science & Energy & includes: a guided tour of the X-10 Graphite Reactor, the East Tennessee Technology Park (former home to the K-25 gaseous diffusion building), and the Y-12 New Hope Center. The tour runs March to November. Dates & times vary from week to week. Contact the American Museum of Science & Energy for the latest information. Please note: Participants must be United States citizens.

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Minidoka National Historic Site

Location: Jerome, ID,WA

The Pearl Harbor attack intensified existing hostility towards Japanese Americans. As wartime hysteria mounted, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 forcing over 120,000 West Coast persons of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei) to leave their homes, jobs, and lives behind, forcing them into one of ten prison camps spread across the nation because of their ethnicity. This is Minidoka's story.

Fees: There is no charge for entering or visiting Minidoka National Historic Site.

Hours Info: The Historic Site is open daily during daylight hours year-round for self-guided tours. Visitor center hours and ranger program offerings vary seasonally.

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Monte Rainier Parque Nacional

Location: WA

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Mount Rainier National Park

Location: Ashford, Enumclaw, Packwood, Wilkeson, WA

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning five major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.

Fees: Grants unlimited entry for one vehicle and passengers for seven consecutive days. Vehicle must be private, noncommercial, and with a seating capacity of 15 or less.

Hours Info: Mount Rainier National Park is open all year. Visitation peaks in July and August with warmer weather and blooming wildflowers. In spring and autumn, weather determines the availability of facilities and roads. During winter months a number of roads, facilities, and entrances close for the season.

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Nez Perce National Historical Park

Location: four states ID,MT,OR,WA

Since time immemorial, the valleys, prairies, mountains, and plateaus of the inland northwest have been home to the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people. Extremely resilient, they survived the settling of the United States and adapted to a changed world. Nez Perce National Historical Park consists of 38 places important to the history and culture of the Nimiipuu. Explore these places. Learn their stories.

Fees: There are no fees to visit any of the sites of Nez Perce National Historical Park. Also, as of 2007 Big Hole National Battlefield stopped collecting entrance fees. Entrance to the battlefield is now free!

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North Cascades National Park

Location: Marblemount, WA

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth's changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.

Fees: North Cascades National Park Service Complex does not charge entrance fees.

Hours Info: North Cascades National Park Service Complex is open year-round. The park operational season is late May-late September, with limited services outside the operational season. The North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem, and the Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin, are open late-May-September.

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Olympic National Park

Location: Port Angeles, WA

With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. Come explore!

Fees: Valid for seven consecutive days. Applies to private, non-commercial vehicles (15 passenger capacity or less). The pass covers all vehicle occupants.

Hours Info: Olympic National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round, although some roads, campgrounds and facilities are open seasonally.

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Oregon National Historic Trail

Location: Various States ID,KS,MO,NE,OR,WA,WY

Imagine yourself an emigrant headed for Oregon: would promises of lush farmlands and a new beginning lure you to leave home and walk for weeks? More than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the Oregon National Historic Trail in six states and serve as reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers.

Fees: There are no user or entry fees for the Oregon National Historic Trail. Fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please contact individual sites before visiting for more information.

Hours Info: The Oregon National Historic Trail is not a clearly marked hiking trail. Instead it is a corridor that passes through communities, urban areas, public lands and Wilderness. The route travels across a variety of land ownerships and management, including private land. Each location varies as to the hours of operation and access. Please contact trail sites before your visit for more information.

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San Juan Island National Historical Park

Location: Friday Harbor, WA

San Juan Island is well known for splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig.

Fees: There is no fee to access San Juan Island National Historical Park.

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Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Location: Walla Walla, WA

The 1847 attack on the Whitmans horrified Americans and impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades afterwards. Was killing the Whitmans justified legal retribution, an act of revenge, or some combination of both? The circumstances that surround this tragic event resonate with modern issues of cultural interaction and differing perspectives.

Fees: None

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Wing Luke Museum Affiliated Area

Location: Seattle, WA

More than a museum, the Wing is an experience. A chance to truly understand what it was - and is - to be Asian American in the Pacific Northwest. Take a guided tour of a historic hotel and learn the inside story about what makes the local Chinatown-International District unique. Visitors explore thought-provoking exhibitions of real stories, including actor and martial arts master Bruce Lee.

Fees: Each general admission ticket includes all-day access to Museum galleries and Historic Hotel tour. For admission rates and information on additional tours, please visit the Wing Luke website.

Hours Info: For current hours, please see or call 206.623.5124. The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and occasionally in the case of inclement weather.

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National Parks in Washington