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7. North Cascades National Park, Washington

For amazing views of Washington, North Cascades visitors should head to Sahale Arm, a part of Sahale Peak. Hikers can reach Sahale Arm through a six-mile trail through beautiful forested valleys, sub-alpine meadows and flowered fields. This national park in northern Washington, about 100 miles from Seattle, and has hundreds of miles of hiking trails for day hikes or backpacking excursions. Visitors in 2009 (through August): 13,759 More info: http://www.nps.gov/noca Pictured: Sahale Arm
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