Washington Mountain Getaways
Named after the first U.S. President, George Washington, the State of Washington is the north western-most province of United States. Washington shares its borders with the Canadian Province of British Columbia to the north and the U.S. State of Oregon to the south. Also known as the Pacific Northwest, Washington state is a wonderful place to visit.
Beauty of nature is at its best in Washington. The Cascade Mountain Range runs from north to south bisecting the entire state into western and eastern Washington. Most of the mountains are covered by dense forest of conifers. The Cascade Range has several prominent volcanoes including Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. There are 3 national parks located in the state including the Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park and Olympic National Park. Other major attractions in the state include various national forests, protected areas, lakes, military bases and most importantly, the capital city of Washington D.C.
A mountain getaway in Washington involves a visit to Mount Baker, Mount Rainier or Mount St. Helens. Among these, Mount St. Helens is the only volcano that has erupted in the recent years and can erupt any time once again. All the snow-capped peaks provide a unique and dangerous challenge to thousands of climbers who want to conquer the summit. Other popular adventure sports on these mountains include snow skiing and snowboarding. There are several ski resorts located in the vicinity.
Other popular mountains for hiking and mountain climbing include the Black Peak, Mount Si and Mount Shuksan.