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October 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM
“When I put the flag up today it felt so good,” said Ranger Maureen McLean at Mount Rainier National Park, as Rainier and Washington’s other national parks reopened Thursday.
They were among hundreds of parks, monuments and historic sites across the nation reopening after the 16-day government shutdown.
Park gates and some visitor centers are open, but it might be a couple days before all is again running smoothly. At Rainier:
- Gates were open Thursday morning, with the normal $15 per vehicle admission fee. Paradise and Stevens Canyon roads are (more…)
October 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Kalaloch Lodge, an oceanfront getaway at Olympic National Park, has reopened after getting special permission from the National Park Service.
But there’s a problem. Guests aren’t allowed to walk on the lovely, wild beach right in front of the 64-room lodge because the beach lies within the national park – and the park still is closed.
Like lodges at national parks throughout the country, the 64-room Kalaloch had to send guests home and close for more than a week, thanks to the federal government shutdown that has closed the parks. (Unlike many lodgings that are deep within closed parks, Kalaloch is right off a highway - U.S. 101 – that has remained open.)
To lure back guests and celebrate Olympic National Park’s 75th anniversary, Kalaloch is offering discounted rooms – at $75 per night - for arrival from now until Jan. 26, 2014. (Yes, there are blackout periods during popular periods.)
October 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM
Washington’s national-park gems — Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades — remain closed, thanks to the federal shutdown. Locals can, with some effort and confusion, figure out other places to go for scenic drives, hikes and other recreation.
But for out-of-state and foreign visitors, the national-park closures are ruining long-planned trips and have local businesses near the parks worried about lingering economic impacts.
“People come from China, Germany, everywhere to see Mount Rainier,” said (more…)
October 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM
With national parks now closed because of the government shutdown, some of Washington state’s most popular scenic drives and outdoor recreation areas are off-limits to the public. And for communities around the parks it’s an economic body-blow with hotels, restaurants, shops and tour companies losing business.
“Our fall shoulder season is huge – usually,” said Mary Brelsford of the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau. And in Mount Rainier National Park alone, there (more…)
August 2, 2013 at 6:00 AM
In a new ranking of America’s 59 national parks, Washington’s three national parks all fall in the top 20.
To come up with the ranking, The Active Times website, oriented to the outdoors and adventure, used three criteria: biodiversity, range of visitor activities and the opinions of an expert panel.
The panel of experts included 17 writers, landscape photographers and travel professionals who write about and study national parks and spend much more time there than the average person. Among those who helped out were Kurt Repanshek, editor of National Parks Traveler, Michael Joseph Oswald, author of “Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 58 National Parks,“ and nature photographer QT Luoung, who’s captured every park on his large format camera and was featured in Ken Burns’ documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Recently departed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar also weighed in.
Here’s the top 20 in the ranking: (more…)
June 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM
Join in the celebration of Olympic National Park’s 75th anniversary this Saturday, June 29. That’s when the National Park Service and the park concessionaire Aramark will stage events to mark the diamond anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Olympic Peninsula tour that led to the park’s creation.
The celebration starts at 9 a.m. June 29 with breakfast at Lake Crescent Lodge, to commemorate the start of Roosevelt’s expedition. Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum and other dignitaries will speak at the event. Free cake and lavender iced tea will be (more…)
April 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Got a day off during the week to come?
In observance of National Park Week, entry fees will be waived Monday through Friday, April 22-26, at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks, and all other parks and properties managed by the National Park Service across the nation.
Entrance to Rainier and Olympic is usually $15 per car (good for seven days).
Remember that Paradise, on Mount Rainier, still has 16 feet of snow, and park rules require that visitors carry tire chains through the end of April because weather can be unpredictable.
Head for the coastal strip of Olympic National Park, for visits to the Hoh River rain forest or a hike at Ozette and Cape Alava, if you want to be snow-free. Weather forecasts call for sunny, warm days. Might be time to play hooky.
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