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Road Trip: Washington’s National Parks

Seattle serves up more than great coffee: This seaside city puts you within striking distance of three national parks. North Cascades, Mount Rainier, and Olympic preserve some of the most staggering mountain vistas in the nation—and all sit within 150 miles of Sea-Tac, making it easy to link the three in one 960-mile road trip. Go in early July to wade among alpine wildflowers, or in August and September to see the summits uncloaked by clouds.
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17632 Winton Rd, Leavenworth, WA 98826, USA
You’ll hear no highway traffic at these twelve lakeside cabins and 3 bunkhouses, which sit beyond roads’ reach and are accessible only by boat. Supplies are delivered via barge, and even the accommodations float upon the water: Initially built to...
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Stetattle Creek Trail, Rockport, WA 98283, USA
It doesn’t matter how many mountains you may have already hiked: The views from Sourdough Mountain will blow your doors off. This stony summit gives you a 360-degree view of the North Cascades’ most jagged peaks, from the sawlike Picket Range to...
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1348 Griffin Ave, Enumclaw, WA 98022, USA
Hiking Washington’s mountain ranges earns you caloric immunity at The Pie Goddess, which serves pastries both sweet and savory. White wine accents the creamy chicken potpie, while sugar takes center stage in bestsellers such as Peanut...
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68317 WA-410, Enumclaw, WA 98022, USA
“Resort” seems like a bit of an overstatement when describing these 23 suites and log cabin. The vibe is low-key, particularly in summer, when guests make the most of the long daylight hours by logging long days in Mount Rainier National Park (the...
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Sunrise Park Rd, Ashford, WA 98304, USA
It’s a 40-minute drive from Alta Crystal Resort to the Sunrise Visitor Center, the jumping-off point for some of the most scenic hikes in Mount Rainier National Park. Trails here put hikers thisclose to Rainier’s northeast face, so that the...
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118 E Stewart Ave, Puyallup, WA 98371, USA
You’ll find hamburgers and chips on millions of menus nationwide, but Crockets proves just how good basic grub can be when it’s made in small batches, using fresh ingredients. The kitchen grinds whole cuts of aged beef to make its burgers (the...
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157151 US-101, Forks, WA 98331, USA
This coastal outpost juxtaposes rugged beaches with refined living. You can walk for miles and not see another sign of human development, because the waters surrounding Kalaloch Lodge are part of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and...
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18113 Upper Hoh Rd, Forks, WA 98331, USA
A one-hour drive from Kalaloch Lodge, the Hoh River Valley receives over 140 inches of rain annually (Seattle sees just 36), which makes it the rainiest spot in the continental U.S. and creates one of the world’s rare temperate rain forests....
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Hurricane Ridge Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
Olympic’s beaches and rainforests are incredible, but so are its mountains: 7,980-foot Mount Olympus sits just 33 miles from the ocean and is surrounded by thickets of sharp, glacier-wrapped peaks. Few paths reach those summits, so admire them...
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35846 US-101, Lilliwaup, WA 98555, USA
The Hood Canal slices through the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula and produces some of the region’s most celebrated oysters. Taste them at Hama Hama oyster farm and outdoor saloon, which pours Finnriver Cider (made just north of the oyster...