Washington Cascades attractions

Top Choice Area in Nisqually Entrance

Paradise

Home to numerous trailheads and the starting point for most summit hikes, Paradise also holds the iconic Paradise Inn (built in 1916) and the massive, informative Henry M Jackson Visitor Center, where a cutting-edge…
Top Choice Cave in Mt St Helens

Ape Cave

Ape Cave is a 2-mile-long lava tube formed 2000 years ago by a lava flow that followed a deep watercourse. It's the longest lava tube in the western hemisphere. Hikers can walk and scramble on either the 0.8-mile Lo…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Upper Skagit River Valley

Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Area

The Bald Eagle area is essentially the 10-mile stretch of the Skagit River between Rockport and Marblemount. After salmon spawn, their spent carcasses become meals for the more than 600 eagles that winter here. Janu…
Top Choice National Park in Mt Rainier National Park Area

Mt Rainier National Park

The USA's fifth-highest peak outside Alaska, majestic Mt Rainier is also one of the country's most beguiling mountains. Part of a 368-sq-mile national park (inaugurated in 1899), the mountain's snowcapped summit and…
Lake in North Cascades National Park

Diablo Lake

Just south of Ross Lake, Diablo Lake is held back by the 389ft Diablo Dam. A pullout off Hwy 20 known as the Diablo Dam Overlook provides incredible views of the turquoise-green lake framed by glacier-capped peaks.
Viewpoint in Mt St Helens

Windy Ridge Viewpoint

Windy Ridge Viewpoint is a highlight of the remote eastside entrance to Mt St Helens. Here visitors get a palpable, if eerie, sense of the destruction wrought by the 1980 blast, with felled forests, desolate mountai…
Lake in North Cascades National Park

Ross Lake

Ross Lake stretches across 23 miles north toward the Canadian border. In keeping with the wild terrain, it's accessible only by trail or water. Part of the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, the lake formed as a re…
National Park in North Cascades

North Cascades National Park

The wildest of all Pacific Northwest wildernesses, the lightly trodden, 1000-sq-mile North Cascades National Park (inaugurated in 1968) has no major settlements and only one road. The names of the dramatic mountains…
Observatory in Mt St Helens

Johnston Ridge Observatory

Situated at the end of Hwy 504 and looking directly into the mouth of the Mt St Helens crater, the observatory has exhibits that depict the geologic events surrounding the 1980 blast and how they advanced the scienc…
Museum in Mt St Helens

Mt St Helens Silver Lake Visitor Center

Situated 5 miles east of Castle Rock, this center is the best introduction to Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument. There's a classic film and various exhibits, including a mock-up of the volcano where you can du…