No matter what the season, Washingtonians love connecting with the abundance of nature that surrounds them, and this week makes it better. — All Washington state parks are free to visit on January 1, 2020, and it's the first "free day" this year! 

Normally, a Discover Pass that costs $10 a day or $30 per year is needed to drive into a state park. But if you want to save some cash, this is a good chance to take off and discover the Pacific Northwest. 

Washington has over 154 state parks. You can check out the website here for a complete list to choose from. The state parks are open from dawn until dusk. Some of them like the Wallace Falls State Park are open 24 hours. 

If you want to take in the views of beaches from cliffs, lighthouses, see natural geysers, volcanic craters, get lost in a wonderland of magical creeks and Douglas firs or see cascading waterfalls, this is the day to make the most out of.

Many state parks like the Kopachuck, Pacific Beach, Dash Point and Deception Pass amongst others have sandy shorelines where you can hunt for seashells, or spot some bald eagles, otters, and even a whale or two if you're lucky.

There are also several parks where you can go camping, rafting, boating or fish for your own Chinook salmon. Many parks also offer horse-friendly trails for equine enthusiasts to giddy-up and about.

Don't fret if you can't make the most of this free day though. There will be several more free park days next year. You can bookmark the list here

Free State Park Day

Price: Free

When: January 1, 2020

Address: All state parks across Washington

Why You Need To Go: You can get into any of the state parks for free and have it to yourself as people get busy with the holidays. 


Editor's Note: The "free day" is only applicable for day use, and not for overnight stays in the park. You might also need Sno-Park permits at designated parks in the winter. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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