The Half Dome, emblematic granite dome in Yosemite National Park, mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
24 Best West Coast National Parks To Visit
A diverse national park with three ecosystems across one million acres, Olympic has snow-capped mountains, temperate rain forests, and miles of coastline.
Olympic National Park
Consistently rated one of the best national parks, it offers spectacular beauty and activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, and whale watching.
The best time to visit Olympic is during the summer. It’s the Pacific Northwest's dry season and prime wildflower time, and there will be warm temperatures and blue skies.
Mount Rainier is a short drive from Seattle and perfect for a day trip to experience its dramatic glacier-capped peak, which is starkly contrasted with wildflower meadows.
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier is a volcano that’s been dormant for 1,000 years, but it is expected to erupt again. Only 50 percent of hikers successfully summit the 3-mile peak.
There are hundreds of hiking trails, and you can camp, snowshoe, and backcountry ski amongst over 280 species of wildlife.
Nestled in the High Sierra of California, Yosemite stuns with its deep valleys, towering granite cliffs, glaciers, vast lakes, and famous gushing waterfalls.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is known for having some of the world's best rock climbing. Visitors can also hike, camp, bike, bird watch, ride horses, raft the Merced River, ski, snowshoe, and fish.
This park was named for the giant trees that inhabit its 172 square miles. They are some of the oldest and tallest in the world. At 381, one is taller than the statue of liberty.
Redwood National Park
The park has 40 miles of wild coastline, sprawling prairies, rushing rivers, lagoons, and marshland. Activities include hiking, whale watching, fishing, canoeing, and swimming.
Sequoia is home to the giant sequoia trees. The world's largest by volume, the General Sherman Tree, has a base that is 36 feet in diameter, the width of a tennis court.
Sequoia National Park
Wander between these rust-colored behemoths along the 800 miles of hiking trails, or go spelunking, horseback riding, fly fishing, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing.