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Maritime-Related National Parks in Washington
- This stunning landscape at the gateway to Puget Sound, with its rich farmland and promising seaport, lured the earliest American pioneers north of the Columbia River to Ebey?s Landing.?Today this National Historical Reserve preserves the agricultural and cultural traditions of Ebey?s Landing—both native and Euro-American—while offering spectacular opportunities for recreation.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (also in OR)
- Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the diverse cultures who lived and worked here. Enjoy relaxing trails along the Columbia River and Village. Experience costumed programs, hands-on education activities, engaging living history events, creative media and a world-class archaeology collection.
- In 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam was built on the Columbia River as part of the Columbia River Basin project, creating a 130-mile long lake. Named for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area provides opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing, hunting, and visiting historic Fort Spokane and St. Paul's Mission.
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail (also in ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD)
- Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States.
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (also in OR)
- The Park encompasses sites along the Columbia River and the Pacific Coast. Follow the explorer's footsteps and have an adventure in history. Explore the timeless rainforests and majestic coastal vistas. Discover the rich heritage of the Native people. Unfold the dramatic stories of America's most famous explorers.
- San Juan Island is well known for splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands, orca whales, and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig.