Situated roughly 50 miles Northeast of Portland, Oregon, and roughly 96 miles South of Seattle, Washington as the crow flies, Mount Saint Helens is located in a beautiful part of America’s Pacific Northwest that has an abundance of tourist attractions. Visitors to the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument can learn about the 1980 eruption that left such a lasting impact on the surrounding landscape, hike in some of the most beautiful and serene landscape, and marvel at the power of mother nature.
In this fourth part of my Epic National Parks Road Trips series, I am going to walk you thru a road trip itinerary that takes you thru some of America’s most stunning national parklands. The Pacific Northwest is renown for its wildness and its beauty and the national parks that are found in the Pacific Northwest of the United States are no different. They are wild and they are beautiful.
Olympic National Park is one of our favorite national parks in the American Northwest. There is a wide variety of scenery, with scenic coastal views, beautiful temperate rain forests, and fantastic mountain vistas all available for you to see. Olympic National Park also sports a wide variety of wildlife. Whales, black bears, elk, mountain goats, and a variety of other animals live in the park or off its coast.
If you like to hike, the National Parks System in the United States has some really fun, challenging, and breathtakingly beautiful hiking trails for you to explore. If you are looking for which parks have the best trails, you are in luck. We are going to rank which hikes in our National Park System we would recommend.