What Are Some Must-See Washington State Tourist Attractions?


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Top attractions in the state of Washington are Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, the Space Needle, Seattle Center and Lake Chelan. Attractions in and around major cities include the Seattle Art Museum, North Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo and Riverfront Park in Spokane.

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Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. The park has large areas of wilderness with beaches, alpine mountains and temperate rain forests. Attractions within the park include Hurricane Ridge, Sol Duc, Lake Crescent and Olympic Peninsula.

Mount Rainier National Park features the towering Mount Rainier, as well as acres of fields and forests.. Tourists can go hiking, horseback riding, fishing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. The park also has a driving tour that includes scenic viewpoint stops.

Mount St. Helens National Monument contains both the mountain and the land that were the site of the 1980 volcanic eruption. Visitors can witness the re-grown plant and animal life in the formerly charred landscape. A visitor center documents the history of the mountain.

The 520-foot Space Needle observation deck gives tourists 360-degree views of Seattle, while the Seattle Center features the Seattle Interactive Media Museum and Winterfest Ice Rink. Lake Chelan offers wine tasting, fishing, swimming and kayaking, among other activities.

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