Explore Washington’s state parks for free this month!

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It may be winter and with this snow, and we know it’s looking a little frightful out. That doesn’t mean you should stay indoors all winter! Especially because there is a super affordable way for you to enjoy the outdoors. Did you know that several days a year Washington State has free state park days? That’s right, no paying for a discovery pass!

Lucky for you, one of those days happens to be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is on January 20th. Since this lovely day is a week away you have plenty of time to plan where to see the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

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We know Washington has a lot of state parks, and a lot of those are far away. Don’t worry, it also overwhelms us adventure noobs. Also, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities) so don’t plan a whole trip.

But if we had to choose just two day trip parks, they would have to be San Juan Island State Park and Klondike Gold Rush National Park. These two parks are very different, but what they have in common is immense opportunity to learn about the history of Washington state. Learning is important right?

Hopefully, this inspires you to get out there and enjoy all that free state park days have to offer. Happy exploring!

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