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Outdoors | May 29, 2021

Easy Adventure Natural Wonders in Oregon and Washington

National Parks State Parks Hiking Camping Columbia RIver Gorge Crater Lake Mount Rainier North Cascades Smith Rock Olympic Palouse Falls Silver Falls Scenic Area County Mindset

We’re spoiled by natural wonders throughout the Pacific Northwest. Chances are, you’re just a short drive from a few right now. To help you get out and see more of Oregon and Washington, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite state and national parks. All you need to do is pack some gear, gas up your rig, and enjoy the journey.

Coastal tip: Remember, many ranger stations and visitor centers may still be closed due to the pandemic. Call ahead or visit each location online for updated information.   

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (Oregon)

If you take Interstate 84 from Portland, you’re going to run into plenty of waterfalls, historic trails, amazing views, and world-famous locations, such as Multnomah Falls.
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Crater Lake National Park
(Oregon)

There are few picturesque locations that top Crater Lake in Oregon. Bring along your camera, family, and hiking boots. You’re going to want to check out the immensely blue waters from every angle and along every well-maintained trail.
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Mount Rainier National Park (Washington)

It’s hard to miss Mount Rainer. This iconic and impressive mountain stands over 14-thousand feet above sea level, and boasts one of the most stunning national parks in the country. Your drive through the 350 square mile park will take you along meadows and alpine lakes, give you a good view of the active volcano, and access to plenty of hiking trails. Bring along your bikes, or plan to stay the night at one of the many campsites.
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North Cascades National Park
(Washington)

Located along the border with Canada, a visit to the North Cascades National Park will remind you just how wild and untouched America used to be. The North Cascades Highway takes you through the park, where you’ll have the chance to see glaciers, wander hundreds of miles of trails, and enjoy plenty of wildlife.
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Olympic National Park
(Washington)

There are nearly a million acres of wilderness to explore on the Olympic Peninsula, including temperate rainforests, glaciers, rugged peaks, lakes, rivers, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Be sure to visit Hurricane Ridge and Rialto Beach, two of the most accessible and popular stops. Camping is popular, but there are also places to stay, including a hot springs resort.  
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Palouse Falls State Park
(Washington)

If you love big waterfalls, you’re going to adore Palouse Falls State Park. Located in southeast Washington, the 198-foot waterfall has tent-only camping sites, hiking trails, and a wonderful high-desert landscape.
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Silver Falls State Park
(Oregon)

People love waterfalls, and Silver Falls State Park is proof. Tens of thousands of families visit this amazing park every year and hike the Trail of Ten Falls. As you make your way along the trail, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of some amazing falls. You’ll even get to walk behind a few of them. Don’t worry. Every precaution has been made to keep visitors safe. RV parking and camping available.
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Smith Rock State Park
(Oregon)

Located in Central Oregon, Smith Rock State Park is a wonder to behold. The sunshine can get intense here, so lather on the sunscreen. Don’t miss your chance to hike Misery Ridge. Just be prepared to see a rattlesnake or two, river otters, and other critters along your path. You might even catch a glimpse of one of the many world-famous mountain climbers who visit Smith Rock each year to test their skills.
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Start Your Road Trip at Coastal 

Your Northwest owned and operated Coastal has what you need to hike, camp, and explore our state’s natural wonders. Stop by today and tell us about your plans. We’ll help you stock up on socks and boots, rain gear, camping food, and a lot more. We even carry Yeti coolers and tumblers to keep you hydrated on the drive and the trail.

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