While it’s hard to say which US state has the most waterfalls, Washington—dominated as it is by glaciated peaks, rushing rivers, and lots and lots of precipitation—is definitely near the top of the list. Wherever you might ramble throughout the state, from the verdant rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula to the snowy peaks of the Cascade range (named by Lewis and Clark when they saw the mountains looming above a “cascade” in the Columbia River) to the high, dry deserts of Eastern Washington, waterfalls are indeed everywhere. Meanwhile, three national parks, five sprawling national forests, one national volcanic monument, and more than one hundred state parks, not to mention thousands of regional and municipal parklands, make Washington a mecca for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts.
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