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January 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Get in free to state and national parks for MLK Day (and here’s a list of free days for all of 2015)

Get a close-up view of Mount Rainier on Monday when the entry fee is waived at national parks. Hoping for sledding? Sorry, the Paradise snow-play area doesn’t yet have sufficient snow. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks…

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May 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

See Washington’s state parks for free

Waves crash near Cape Disappointment lighhouse in Washington's Cape Disappointment State Park. (Greg Gilbert photo / Seattle Times)

Waves crash near Cape Disappointment lighthouse in Washington’s Cape Disappointment State Park. (Greg Gilbert photo / Seattle Times)

   

     This weekend – and next – are for you.  Washington State Parks will be free on June 1, June 8 and June 9.

The no-charge weekend days are part of a series of admission-free days at state parks this year. Otherwise visitors have to pay for a Discover Pass to enter state parks, either a $10 day pass or a $30 annual pass.

It doesn’t sound like much but it can add up, especially on top of other state park fees.

I’ve been at Cape Disappointment State Park recently, in the southwest tip of Washington.  It’s gorgeous, with wave-pounded beaches, walking trails among ancient spruce, two lighthouses and an excellent interpretive center. But on top of  buying a $10 one-day Discover Pass

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