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May 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Readers pick their favorite Washington state parks

A couple takes in the sunset and the iconic bridge at  Deception Pass State Park. (Bettina Hansen photo, Seattle Times)

A couple takes in the sunset view by  the iconic bridge at Deception Pass State Park. (Bettina Hansen photo, Seattle Times)

Seattle Times readers have spoken­­­ on their favorite Washington state parks.  And we’ve created an interactive map with their picks.

Waves crash at Cape Disappointment State Park. (Greg Gilbert photo / The Seattle Times)

Waves crash at Cape Disappointment State Park. (Greg Gilbert photo / The Seattle Times)

If you’re looking for somewhere to camp, picnic, hike, or  simply enjoy the scenery, take a look at your fellow Washingtonians’ comments, photos, and advice on state parks.  They’re categorized as best all-around parks, best parks in which to camp, and most kid-friendly parks.

Some well-known parks are reader favorites in several categories, including the perennially beloved Deception Pass State Park  with its abundance of beaches, trails and views. Lincoln Rock State Park in central Washington was a favorite among campers, thanks to its big sites (and sunny weather).  Some readers loved the less well-known Twanoh State Park on Hood Canal for a family trip, thanks to its long and warm (well, warm by Puget Sound standards) salt-water beach. And some readers told of parks to avoid because of overcrowding or crummy campsites.

Summer is coming. And this year is the 100th birthday of Washington State Parks.  Somewhere there’s a park that’s just right for you for a few hours, a day trip, or an overnight stay in campgrounds or  parks’ cabins/house  rentals.

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