National Parks 100th Birthday
August 25th 2016 marks the 100 year birthday of the National Park system. Visit a National Park in Washington state for free August 25-28.
Find your favorite park and celebrate the National Park Birthday this August. Entrance to National Parks is free August 25-August 28, 2016. This includes national parks, reserves, trails, recreation areas and historic sites.
This is the perfect time to visit Washington state’s most beautiful spots. Hike along the Puget Sound at Ebey’s Landing, in Coupeville, WA. Visit San Juan Island and the San Juan Island Historical Park. Spend the day at the English Camp and American Camp and learn how Great Britain and the United states went to war over the death of a pig! In Seattle visit the Wing Luke Museum and learn what it is like and was like to be Asian American in the Pacific Northwest. Drive to Mount Rainier. This Washington state icon is an active volcano that looms over 14,000 feet above sea level.
Below are just a few national parks and historic sites located in Washington state.
For a complete list and more information, go here.
Ebey’s Landing Fort Vancouver
National Historic Reserve National Historic Site
Coupeville, WA Vancouver, WA
Klondike Gold Rush – Seattle Unit Lake Chelan
National Historic Park National Recreation Area
Seattle, WA Stehekin, WA
Lake Roosevelt Lewis and Clark
National Recreation Area National Historic Park
Coulee Dam, WA Long Beach, WA
Manhattan Project North Cascades
National Historic Site National Park
Hanford, WA Marblemount, WA
San Juan Island Olympic
National Historic Park National Park
Friday Harbor, WA Port Angeles,WA
Whitman Mission Wing Luke Museum
National Historic Site Affiliated Area
Walla Walla, WA Seattle, WA
Ashford, Enumclaw, Packwood and Wilkeson, WA
These parks offer a variety of experiences. Hike, bike, boat, learn….Washington state has national parks that offer it all.
Looking for more ways to help celebrate 100 years of stewardship of these national treasures?
Check out the commemorative coin program. The US Mint by issuing 3 limited edition coins. Learn more about these collectibles here.
Are you a stamp collector? The US Postal Service has issued 16 Forever Stamps commemorating the national park program. The first day is issue was June 2, 2016 at US Post Offices and a number of national parks. Learn about the stamp sets here.
Finally, head to the movies….IMAX movies, that is. The National Park system is featured in an IMAX large screen format in the new National Park Adventures. Narrated by Robert Redford, this IMAX 3-D movie is a new and exciting way to experience the beauty of the national parks. Now playing at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle WA.
(Thanks to Greenlake Guest House for the Mt. Rainier image)