3/07/2013 08:38:00 AM

10 Must-Visit National Parks of the Pacific Northwest

Whether you head to water's edge or find a mountain to climb, the national parks of the Pacific Northwest are perfect destinations when planning summer or fall getaways. From the rain forests in Washington's Olympic National Park down to the windswept beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco, each of these parks offers an easy escape. Coastal and high-elevation reprieves from skyrocketing mercury aside, these parks also offer nearly every imaginable outdoor activity, including hiking, backpacking, fishing, and surfing. You may even spot some grizzly bears, gray whales, and wood frogs that freeze solid during the long winter only to jump back to life in spring.

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