Southwest Washington State Parks & Tourism Attractions

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While the scenic Columbia River Gorge’s Oregon banks are well-known, Pacific Northwest visitors shouldn’t neglect the Washington side of the river—many attractions and natural wonders rest on the northern shores.

Mount Saint Helens

Made famous by a dramatic 1980 eruption, the Mount Saint Helens volcano now is reopened for climbing, and four Visitors Centers around her base provide interpretive information and more.

Carson Hot Springs

Just across the Columbia from Hood River, the historic hotel, bathhouses, and healing mineral waters of Carson Hot Springs have been rejuvenating visitors for more than a century.

Stonehenge Memorial

The replica Stonehenge Memorial on the eastern end of the Gorge pays tribute to the fallen WWI soldiers of Klickitat County.

Brooks Memorial State Park

This lovely state campground in the Simcoe Mountains is an excellent spot for travelers who want to experience Native American history, enjoy outdoor recreation, and watch local wildlife.

Government Mineral Springs

A small, remote campground on the fringes of Trapper Creek Wilderness, Government Mineral Springs is open for summertime communion with nature and wintertime snow sports.

Mount Adams

Washington State’s second highest and third highest peak in the Cascade Range, Mount Adams is a gorgeous spot for mountaineers, sightseers, and wilderness recreation-seekers.

Skamania Lodge

Rustic elegance marks this charming Cascadian lodge resort overlooking the Gorge near Stevenson; luxurious accommodations, golfing, and trail access are available at Skamania.

Horsethief Lake State Park

Visit Horsethief Lake State Park to see the ancient Native petroglyphs and pictographs etched into the basalt cliffs, and stay for an excellent camping and water sports vacation.

Bonneville Hot Springs

The soothing mineral spring waters at Bonneville Hot Springs once received Native American visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest; today the resort spa at Bonneville attracts global travelers to the springs.

Maryhill Museum of Art

Near Goldendale, Washington lies this interesting cultural attraction, built by railroad entrepreneur Samuel Hill and displaying a unique mix of Orthodox Romanian paintings, tribute to a French dancer, and Auguste Rodin sculptures.

Goldendale Observatory

This stargazing facility is a traveler’s gateway to the stars; come here to observe the heavens through a 24.5-inch telescope, and learn secrets of astronomy from the knowledgeable staff.

Guler Ice Caves

http://www.allmounthood.com/mountains/mount_saint_helens.phpSpelunkers of all levels will enjoy a visit to the Guler Ice Caves near Trout Lake west of Mount Adams. These lava-tube caves are only about 650 feet long, and the ice formations are spectacular.

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