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The Majestic & Mountainous 3 National Parks in the State of Washington

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

One of Washington's Majestic National Parks

Wild flowers and Sahale Peak. Taken while hiking up the Sahale Arm in the North Cascades, Washington, US.

Wild flowers and Sahale Peak. Taken while hiking up the Sahale Arm in the North Cascades, Washington, US.

Mountain High

Each of the three national parks in the State of Washington has mountain peaks and glaciers. There are other similarities to be found in them, and yet, like every other national park in the United States, there are also things unique to each park.

Come along on a journey of exploration to Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks and find out what makes each location special.

If you plan a vacation to the northwest part of our country, you might wish to spend some time reading about these national parks to make better use of your trip.

Mount Rainier National Park

This majestic snow-covered mountain top dominating the landscape in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, is also seen from places further away, and it contains an active volcano. Its towering height of over 14,000 feet sets Mount Rainier apart from its neighboring peaks and is a spectacle of beauty when in slumbering mode.

In actuality, even when slumbering, it is like a person who tosses and turns and snores, making people around this site awake and watchful. Volcanologists and seismologists continually monitor Mount Rainier. That way, if necessary, they can warn nearby residents of an impending disaster to avoid unnecessary loss of life.

This mountain has its origins in the earth's fiery interior. Molten lava would have extruded through cracks onto the earth's surface some million years ago. Layer upon layer of melted rock and debris left it standing about 1,000 feet, even higher than viewed as it is today. Geologists speculate that a massive eruption blew off the top of the volcano about 2,500 years ago. It left the current shape of the concave summit.

Even today, small earthquakes occur. The rivers of water under the icy and rock-strewn glaciers are a constant reminder that this restless mountain is one of which to be respectful. Steam vents spew forth sulfuric gases. Most of the glaciers continually advance or recede depending upon weather conditions creating deep crevasses and other hazards. One thing is sure. Mount Rainier is not a static place but ever-changing.

Seasonal Activities and Discoveries

People have been drawn to this lofty site of Mount Rainier to challenge their wits and skills in mountain climbing. Unfortunately, a few lose their lives each year, but it never stops others from trying.

For people who dare to hike among the glaciers, on view are some spectacular ice caves formed from warm air currents. Paradise Ice Caves is one such site that has regaled people with its beauty and color near the edge of the receding Paradise Glacier and is just one of numerous glaciers flowing down the sides of Mount Rainier.

Spring, summer, and fall bring about a burst of life from seasonal flowers, trees, and shrubs. Many animals that hibernate during the winter are out and about feasting and storing up food for the long slumber ahead as winter once again arrives.

North Cascades National Park

Diversity aptly describes this immense national park within the northern reaches of the State of Washington. The North Cascades National Park borders Canada to the north.

Ross Lake in the Ross Lake Recreation Area to the northeast and Lake Chelan in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area in the southeast portions of the national park are two of the largest lakes which provide aquatic recreational activities.
Scenic Highway 20 bisects the North Cascades National Park from east to west, going through the Ross Lake Recreation Area.

At one time, mining took place here. Prospectors once labored in hopes of finding gold, silver, and copper. Horseshoe Basin leaves evidence behind those efforts from years long ago, and hikers often start their journey from one point, which was once a service road to the mines.

Biodiversity in the North Cascades

Found in the biodiversity of eight life zones are countless forms of plant and animal life. Naturalists are naturally attracted to this primitive landscape that includes glacier-sculpted mountains, valleys, and lakes. There are hundreds of mountain peaks and hundreds of glaciers. In fact, in the lower 48 States of the U.S., more glaciers are found in this one park system than anywhere else.

From deep and dark forests with trees like the Douglas Fir, which can soar to heights of 300 feet to the tiniest of alpine flowers at upper elevations, photographers of plant life will have much to study and capture with their cameras.

Also, from the tiniest of insects to numerous birds and mammals, that range from cute little chipmunks to mountain goats, bears, and secretive mountain lions, there are hundreds of species of which to admire.

The immensity of this park could keep visitors entertained for years in the various seasons, and it would be hard to see it all.

Olympic National Park

One year towards the end of our vacation, which started in Seattle, and which took us to Vancouver and Vancouver Island, we crossed by ferry back to Port Angeles to visit a friend for a day and night before returning to Seattle to catch our plane ride back to Houston, Texas. She had lived in Port Angeles for many years and had a deep love for the natural beauty which surrounded her.

Marie told my mother and me many things about the Olympic National Park and advised us to drive up to Hurricane Ridge to see spectacular views from the top. Unfortunately, after attempting to navigate the road, the fog and clouds made visibility an immense problem. With some careful effort, I was able to turn around and head back down the mountain.

We did enjoy a wonderful meal at Lake Crescent, so we got to see that part of the park for a brief time. Thus, our exploration of this Pacific coast national park will have to wait for another time.

Olympic National Park has magnificent scenery along the coastline, with sea stacks rising out of the water like so many alert sentry lookouts standing at attention seaward of the tide pools and sandy beaches.

There is a rainforest within the park that often gets 140 inches of rainfall per year. I would love to see the forested areas, mosses, ferns, and wildflowers on the forest floor, plus mushrooms and fungi, among other things commonly found within such a unique biosphere.

Mount Olympus is the highest mountain peak in the park. It is tall enough at just shy of 8,000 feet to have several glaciers gracing its slopes. Rivers and waterfalls are within the boundaries of this park and a variety of plant and animal life.

“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life…Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees.”

— John Muir

“In wilderness is the preservation of the world.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Location of the 3 National Parks in the State of Washington

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

It is great that you have visited many national parks in India, and some in the USA. I have only visited those in the US but would enjoy visiting thers outside of our country.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Yes, despite the fog impeding our trip up the mountain, we did have a good time seeing other areas lower down. Thanks for your comment about my photography. Most of these photos are public domain images.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 22, 2021:

An excellent article, well illustrated. I loved your pictures and the wonderful information about the National Parks. I have visited many National Parks in India, and also some in USA. May be, I would be able to visit those, which you have mentioned above.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful information!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 22, 2021:

Peggy,

Manatita is right. These are majestic.

I love all of your photos.

It's a shame the fog disrupted your trip in the car, but at least you had a great meal.

I think it's great that you have been able to take these wonderful trips.

You are an excellent photographer too.

Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

Yes, these mountains are majestic. I had written this long before Brenda's prompts and simply reworked it. I am so pleased you enjoyed reading this article. Thanks for your comment.

manatita44 from london on March 22, 2021:

Extremely beautiful!! In fact, Majestic!

I thought perhaps you were doing it for Brenda's prompts but it doesn't appear so. Amazing and the Crevasse was as inviting as it was dangerous.

The Gayantri Mantra is one of Mother India's most sacred and it touched my Heart as it was being sung. Om Shanti! (Peace)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

I hope you get the chance to visit the State of Washington someday. It is so beautiful and has much to offer visitors. We loved what we got to see of it.

Sandra on March 22, 2021:

Would love to visit the State of Washington sometime. It always displays an impressive beauty.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 28, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

Each and every national park I have ever had the privilege of visiting is well worth the time and effort to do so. We have many of them in our country. You are correct in saying that these parks are a visual delight. It would be wonderful if you get to visit them someday.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 28, 2018:

These national parks are a visual delight I can only hope to see in these lovely photos you have in this article. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2017:

Hi Patricia,

It would be wonderful to be able to spend time in these national parks in the State of Washington. Hope your wishes come true someday. Sending hugs along with prayers your way!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 15, 2017:

Wishing that I can travel to view these up close and personal some day. However you have at least given me a taste of the wonder that awaits.

Once again sending Angels to you and yours ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2016:

Hi Holle,

I hope you do make a trip out west someday. There is SO MUCH beauty in that location of our country. In reality every one of our states has its own distinctive areas of beauty. The majesty of the mountains, numerous state and national parks and Pacific coastline just make the west really special.

Holle Abee from Georgia on March 12, 2016:

If I ever make it out West, I'd love to see Mt. Rainier. Beautiful hub, and it provides lots of great info.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2016:

Hi Rochelle,

You certainly picked a glorious time of year for your visit to Mount Rainier and lucked out with that abundant flower show. Some years are better than others. Nice!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on March 08, 2016:

We visited Mt. Rainier many years ago when it happened to be a particularly excellent season of wildflowers. Hillsides were covered with patches of lupines, or lilies, or mixed swaths of multi colors and various sorts. Never had seen so many wildflowers in my life. With the background of the majestic mountain, it was astounding and glorious.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2014:

Hi Shyron,

I just love the northwest part of our country. Such astounding beauty there! Thanks for your comment, votes and the pin.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 25, 2014:

I can see just how beautiful Mt. Rainier is in pictures from my friend who lives in Washington, and I would love to visit sometime. For the time being I will visit all these places through your wonderful hubs.

Voted up, UABI and shared and pinned to the Amazing HubPage created by Brett Tesol.

Have a Blessed day.

Shyron

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 08, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

There is certainly much to see in the State of Washington! I would enjoy seeing more of it also! Thanks!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 06, 2014:

Vacation time is here and I wanted to come back and pin and share this excellent article about Washington's beautiful and interesting national parks in case someone might like to take this year's vacation there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2013:

Hi Roberta,

So nice that you recently visited that gorgeous part of our country and left a bit of your heart there. It is a worthy spot! Thanks for the pin.

RTalloni on November 09, 2013:

You may know the saying about how once you become a mother your heart walks outside your body from then on. My heart is in the beautiful coastal upper Washington state area. Having just returned from there this was a neat read. A closer look at the wonders of creation in that region would be delightful. Thanks for sharing your visit in a hub!

Pinning to my Travel Plans board. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

There are so many good links here sharing other people's experiences with regard to visiting these national parks in Washington. Thanks for getting the word out about this beautiful state!

C E Clark from North Texas on August 04, 2013:

Came back to pin this excellent article with so many beautiful photos to my 'Travel' board and to share with my followers again since this is the season for vacations and travel.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Hope that your wishes become reality someday and that you get to visit the State of Washington. There are many parts of it that I would also like to see. Appreciate your comment and the rest, especially the 5 star rating and the share. Thanks!

C E Clark from North Texas on May 24, 2013:

Gorgeous photos and videos! Loved the video of Mt. Rainier especially. I've never been to the state of Washington and always hoped to get there. I guess it could still happen . . . Voted up, BAUI, and will share! Oh, and gave you another 5 stars.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2013:

Thanks Suzanne. So glad that you liked this hub about the 3 national parks in the State of Washington. I would love to spend more time in that state someday. Thanks for the votes and shares.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 22, 2013:

Wonderful info and beautiful photos and videos! Voted up, awesome, Tweeted, Pinned and FaceBooked! :D

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

I am happy that you found this hub to be a good resource if considering visiting any of the 3 national parks in Washington. Thanks for the votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 10, 2013:

Interesting information and lovely photos, videos and resources! Voted up and awesome! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2013:

Hello srsddn,

Nice that you have seen some parts of the State of Washington. Which areas did you get to see? Perhaps next time if you come back you can plan for a longer stay and get to see one or more of these national parks. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2013:

Hi radhikasree,

Nice to be able to tell you something about the 3 national parks in the State of Washington and show you some photos. Each one does have something unique and special about it. Thanks for your votes + share.

Sukhdev Shukla from Dehra Dun, India on April 24, 2013:

Peggy W, All the three National Parks are great. Pictures speak volumes about the grandeur of these parks. I visited Washington about a decade back but it was for a very short period. I wish I could visit it again and have a look of these great Parks. Voted up and shared.

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on April 23, 2013:

Each natural spot has got some unique feature as far as I've seen. These parks have got such a spectacular scenery with glaciers, snow covered mountains and all. Loved reading your hub watching these amazing photos.

Up, beautiful, awesome and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

Glad to be able to show you a little about North Cascades National Park as well as Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks in the State of Washington. We would have to drive even further than you do to see snow capped mountains where we live. Many people who enjoy skiing go from Houston, Texas up to Colorado where there are mountains. Thanks for all of your votes along with your comment.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 10, 2013:

Peggy thanks for visiting my page and tried to find the baked potatoe recipe on your profile but coupld not.. So next time you visit my page please do leave url of your wonderful blogs there in comments.. About this one, i really liked the pictures. Snow covered mountains are my weakness, though i live about 12 hours or more drive away from them but I really like to go to Manali,, which is so beautiful. So North Cascades National Park I feel is most beautiful of them there. Voting up, awesome, interesting and useful

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2013:

Hi beingwell,

I also love being in natural settings and taking photos is always fun. Glad to know that you liked this hub about the national parks in Washington. Doing some hiking is certainly one of the best ways to appreciate them. Thanks for the share.

beingwell from Bangkok on March 31, 2013:

Great hubs, peggy! I've always liked nature... for picture-taking that is. I can do a bit of trekking; just light hikes. Amazing photos!! Shared and pinned.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

We are definitely of a similar mind in liking nature and wildlife. Hope that someday your travels will take you up to Washington where you can spend some time in their fabulous national parks. I always enjoy sharing other hubber's experiences when writing about beautiful locations. Thanks for your votes and the share. :)

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 25, 2013:

I would love to see all these beautiful sights someday. Hopefully, one day, we can make a trip up here. I love places that are filled with nature and wildlife. I'm sure I would just love these places. You have done an excellent job here and I love the way you have shared others hubs as well! Voting this up and more! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2013:

Hi DDE,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed this look at the fabulous national parks located in the State of Washington. It is fun to see different parts of the world by reading other people's hubs. Appreciate your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 23, 2013:

Such beautiful sights and so well described, you have shared an enlightening experience.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 22, 2013:

Hi Alastar,

Nice that you have a nephew that lives in Washington State. Would make for a less expensive vacation if he would offer you some free lodging. Wish I had relatives up there! Such a beautiful state! Hope that you do get to explore those national parks up that way. Appreciate your comment and the share.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on February 22, 2013:

All these places in Washington state have long been wonders I've wanted to experience in the flesh...and in spirit for that matter Have a nephew in Washington St so maybe he'll invite me for a visit soon. As usual you've supplied the next best thing with your excellent hub on Washington's awesome parks. Shared with pleasure my friend.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2013:

Hi ktrapp,

Yes...we were glad once we got out of the fog and safely back down from Hurricane Ridge. Not fun driving in thick fog on a mountain! The view from the top will have to wait for another trip and hopefully better weather. Thanks for your comment regarding the 3 national parks in the State of Washington. Hope you get there someday to see them and even more of this beautiful State in our country.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on February 11, 2013:

Your description of these three national parks really makes me want to visit the state of Washington; I have never been there before. It's a shame that you didn't get to complete your journey to Hurricane Ridge. The views must be magnificent for your friend to recommend it. Luckily you managed your way down safely through the fog.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 06, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Too bad that you never got to visit Washington while your brother-in-law lived there, especially if he could have provided free lodging for you. Thanks for the vote up regarding this hub about the national parks located in that state.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 06, 2013:

Hello mbyL,

I can't help but notice that you are from Switzerland. Your country is so very beautiful from the little that I have seen of it. I can see why the national parks in the State of Washington would hold allure for you. If you like natural settings, we have numerous national parks in the U.S. that could keep you touring for quite some time. Thanks for your comment and especially the share. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 06, 2013:

Hi Brett,

It is a pleasure finding interesting articles other hubbers have written and to be able to include them in this hub regarding the 3 national parks in the state of Washington. It just adds to the overall effect if people wish to learn more. Nice to be able to support one another in our writing efforts! Thanks for your votes and the shares. :))

moonlake from America on February 06, 2013:

My brother-in-law use to live in Washington. We always wanted to get out there but never made it. Voted up on your beautiful hub.

Slaven Cvijetic from Switzerland, Zurich on February 06, 2013:

Man, those national parks look marvellous!! Sadly, I have never been to one of these at all, because I live in Europe and never flew to America. But when I do I will make sure I visit one and take lots and lots of pictures! Thanks for this cool hub - I am sharing it!!

Brett C from Asia on February 05, 2013:

Another very good hub. You can sense your enthusiasm. I also love how you kindly use these to promote other hubbers that have written about these places ... a nice touch.

Shared, tweeted, up, awesome and useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 05, 2013:

Hi James,

So happy to know that you liked this look at the 3 national parks in the State of Washington. Appreciate your comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on February 05, 2013:

I enjoyed the journey very much. Thank you for this pleasure. Your Hub is truly wonderful and the photographs exquisite. :)

James

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2013:

Hi DDE,

You have learned something about the 3 national parks in the State of Washington by reading this hub. I am looking forward to learning more about Croatia from you. Hope you write more hubs about that part of the world. Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 23, 2013:

Brilliantly presented and written, a well researched Hub about another great place thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

All of the National Parks I have ever had the pleasure of visiting have all been worth the time and effort to see. There is something special about each and every one of them. We are fortunate to have so many in the U.S. Am sure that those around the world are equally good to visit. It is nice that lands have been set aside for the public to enjoy and keep private ownership at bay. In fact in quite a few cases, wealthy people have donated their land to the park system to either start it or enlarge already existing parks. Nice when people and governments put the common good ahead of private interests when it comes to these national treasures. Thanks for your comment about the 3 national parks in Washington.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2013:

Hello Whidbeywriter,

Ah...you do live in God's country. That northwest part of the country is stunningly beautiful. Thanks for your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 18, 2013:

National Parks in the US seems quite an experience. I will love to visit some day. Your introduction to the topic and wonderful collection of photos,both are amazing.

Mary Gaines from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on January 18, 2013:

Great hub! I live on Whidbey Island and the views from here are Mt Baker to the north. Cascades to the east Olympic mtn. Range to the south. We truly live in Gods country! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2013:

Hi teaches,

Yes, Washington has so much to offer tourists in addition to these 3 fabulous national parks. Such pretty country up there! Thanks for your comment.

Dianna Mendez on January 15, 2013:

Peggy, all beautiful places to visit some day. Thank you for highlighting the best of these three parks. Washington has a lot to offer tourists.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2013:

Hi Deborah,

Stay tuned...there are more to come! There are many national parks I have yet to see also. It is a worthy pursuit! Thanks for your comment. :)

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 15, 2013:

You are killing me with these gorgeous national park hubs, Peggy. Here are three more I've never been to. In fact, I've never been to Washington. I must remedy both things soon!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2013:

Hi mperrottet,

So nice that you got to spend so much time in the Olympic National Park and also visited Mount Rainier. Did you ever write a hub about your experiences camping in the Olympic National Park? I tried searching to see if I could find something, but did not. If you decide to write about it, please let me know the title so that I can include it as a link here. I would love to go back and spend more time in Washington someday and get to see more of that beautiful part of the country. Thanks for all of your votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2013:

Hi Eddy,

So happy to know that you enjoyed this hub about the national parks in Washington. The mountains should be adding to their snow packs this time of year. Thanks for the greetings from Wales, your votes and your sharing of this hub with others.

We have one of our seasonal cold fronts in Houston right now. Only in the 40's today and rainy. Brrrr! We don't often have such weather that lasts. Usually this time of year it is a roller coaster ride from warm to cold and then back to warm. We may even have to cover our outside tender tropical plants this evening with our old sheets. Will be about the 5th time we have had to do that this winter.

Wishing you warmth and happiness!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2013:

Hi agusfanani,

So glad that you enjoyed reading about these 3 national parks in the State of Washington. I also share your love of nature. Always enjoy viewing your part of the world through your well written hubs. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2013:

Hi Alice,

You don't live that far away from Washington living in British Columbia as you do. Hopefully you will soon be able to plan a vacation trip down that way. If you write about visiting any of these national parks, be sure and let me know. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2013:

Hello D Shannahan,

I have only been to the northwest part of our country and also Canada in the summer...so lucked out with good weather. That is a good tip however. Nice that you have been to many of these scenic places. Thanks for your comment.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on January 15, 2013:

Too bad that you didn't get to really explore Olympic National Park - it's one of my favorites. My husband and camped there for a week, and really a good look at the park. It's so diverse and interesting. We also visited Mount Rainier on the same trip, but never got to Cascades. Maybe next time. Excellent hub - voted up, interesting, useful and beautiful.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 15, 2013:

What a beautiful and interesting hub Peggy ;I loved it and am now going to share plus vote across and up.

Have a wonderful day.

Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

Eddy.

agusfanani from Indonesia on January 14, 2013:

This is another amazing story about 3 National parks with their own attractions and Mt Rainier National Park with its amazing bio diversity can be a great place for those who make recreational visits or do scientific research. Exploring nature is always my fave activity and you're right reading stories about those National Parks have given me more knowledge about nature and its various aspects.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 14, 2013:

This is a beautiful hub, Peggy. I hope to visit all three parks, especially Olympic National Park. That beach looks so enticing! I would love to explore it.

D Shannahan from Everywhere Man! on January 14, 2013:

Very in depth hub, its an inspiration for me to step my game up! As a person who has been to many of these places, i can truly say the northwest is a beautiful place. just make sure you plan your trip for the summer if you don't like the rain!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi Ruby,

You will really enjoy reading many of the other hubs about the different hubber's experiences in visiting these national parks. So glad that you liked this. You certainly live in a beautiful state! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi Aurelio,

Perhaps each Christmas season since you have family living in Washington, you can see portions of those national parks. It would take some time to do justice to them all. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on January 14, 2013:

Wow Peggie, this is wonderful. I haven't been to these parks enough these last few years, thanks for such useful information about them. What a cool idea to include the other hubs, looking into them too for sure gives others a great view of this marvelous state!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 14, 2013:

I lived in Washington for about eight years and am embarrassed to say that I never visited any of these parks. Fortunately, I visit family there every Xmas and will make an effort to visit these delights. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi Bill,

So very happy to have been able to leave a link to your Mount Rainier hub. Your photography as always is superb! Such a beautiful part of the country. Thanks for the link back to your hub, the votes + the share. If you write about the other parks, be sure and let me know. Will be happy to add more links to your hubs here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

Nice to know that this hub and also Bill's additions are inspiring you to cross the country and see the spectacular beauty that is commonly seen in the State of Washington. Of course the 3 national parks are extra attractions that might get you there. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

Hope you get to visit Washington someday and see some of this natural beauty for yourself. By sharing other HubPage writer's hubs on the different national parks, people will have a much better idea of what awaits them if they go there. Happy to be able to share their hubs. Thanks for your votes and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi Carol7777,

I agree with you that the beauty of the northwest part of our country is absolutely stunning. Nice that you got to live there awhile. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi Phyllis,

I was very happy to show the link to your hub regarding your poem honoring the dead at Mount Rainier. I thought it was very good. You did not see the comment immediately because I have them set to be approved before they appear. Thanks again!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 14, 2013:

By the way, great job. This is a great hub. We've been to Rainier and Olympic. Need to do the Cascade Loop someday. Voted up, shared, etc.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 14, 2013:

Peggy. All set. I added a link to this Hub to my Mount Rainier Hub. Many Thanks.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 14, 2013:

Peggy. What a great hub of a beautiful part of the country. Thanks so much for including my Mount Rainier Hub, I will add this one into my hub. We've been to Rainier and Olympic NP. We did make it to Hurricane Ridge on a great day and it was beautiful. There was a herd of deer in the parking lot as we pulled in. What a pleasant surprise. I would love to do the Cascade Loop someday. Maybe on our next trip out there? Voting up, sharing and everything else. Great job.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi Mhatter99,

It is so nice that you have gotten to see all 3 of the national parks in Washington. Really appreciate your kind words regarding the descriptions of them in this hub especially since you know about them first-hand. My dream is to go back someday and see more of them. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi Stephanie,

The way you travel, you seem to spend a lot of time in one area and really SEE that area and all that it has to offer. Some people just skim through areas (i.e. "If it is Tuesday, it must be Belgium") type of thing. I like the way you take time to enjoy things. So when you go back to Washington, I know that you will do justice to the other two national parks when you get around to spending time there. Really liked the hubs you wrote about Olympic National Park. Thanks for the link back to yours.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 14, 2013:

Great job..between your hub and Bill's I am bound to go to Washington state. There is so much there that I would love to see. Nice job. :) ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2013:

Hi Mary,

You probably can't share or tweet this hub as it still is in pending, but thanks for the thought. If you ever get back to Washington, perhaps you will have more time to see some of these national parks. Is your daughter still out there in the Seattle area? Thanks for the vote and star rating.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on January 14, 2013:

Wonderful hub, Peggy! I have never made it to that part of the country, but would love to someday. I would love all the mountains, woods and wildlife. Your descriptions are just awesome and your choice of pictures is wonderful. It is so good of you to link to so many other hubs as well! Voted this up and more! :)

carol stanley from Arizona on January 14, 2013:

A great job here and I love the Northwest. We lived there for several years and the beauty is surpassed by none..Your photos and absolutely beautiful and your words. I am voting up and pinning.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 13, 2013:

Hi Phillis,

It was a pleasure including your hub regarding Mount Rainier into this hub. So glad that you liked this. Appreciate your comment.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on January 13, 2013:

Peggy, my earlier comment did not come through to you. I am fascinated with your pictures and this very well-written hub. I also thank you for taking me back home for a few minutes. I so miss being able to gaze out to Mt. Rainier and appreciate her majestic beauty. I have been to all three parks, but remember Mt. Rainier the most. Thank you for linking to my hub about Mount Rainier Is A Majestic Monument to Her Dead - Poem.

You have brought back some beautiful memories for me.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 13, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

I very much share your love of not only national but state and county parks as well. Sol glad that you enjoyed this hub. Appreciate your comment..

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 13, 2013:

Thank you for this. I have visited all 3 and I compliment you on your fine description.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 13, 2013:

Hi Global-Chica,

With your love of travel, I am not surprised that visiting the national parks in Washington are on your bucket list...especially Mount Rainier...although they all sound like places worth spending some quality time. So glad that you liked the photos. Appreciate your comment.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on January 13, 2013:

Now I regret even more the fact that we missed visiting Mt. Renier and the North Cascades National Park while we were in Washington visiting the Olympic National Park. But now there is definitely something to put on our To-do list when we go back to that beautiful state! Thanks so much for linking my hubs here. I will also add a link to this one in my Hurricane Ridge hub. Voted up and shared.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 13, 2013:

When my daughter lived in Seattle, I visited her and we intended to go the parks, but we got so busy with other things we never did! This is a beautiful part of the U.S., but I'll never go there again while the weather is cool.

Beautiful photos, and I enjoyed the video, too.

I voted this UP, gave you stars, will share and Tweet.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on January 13, 2013:

Peggy, you have taken me back home for a few minutes with the fantastic hub! The pictures are beautiful and the article is very well-written. Well done, Peggy, well done! Thank you.

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