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Let’s celebrate Washington’s most special places

It’s National Park Week, yet another reason to celebrate America’s most special places.

Here in Washington state, we’re fortunate to have three of the country’s most spectacular parks. So let’s hear it for Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades -- each of them magnificent in its own way and wonderful for RV travel.

If you love the national parks, you can do a few things to support them.

First, visit. We travel to each of Washington’s national parks at least once a year, and to us, they feel like our oldest and dearest friends. Promoting their special qualities helps keep them protected and appreciated.

You can also donate to each park’s foundation, or simply support the National Park Foundation, which helps fund facilities across the country.

And while you’re at it, buy an annual pass or if you’re at least 62 years old (like us), you can get a lifetime senior pass. At $80, it’s a screaming deal.

As we pause to appreciate the national parks, check out these photos from recent visits.

John Nelson is a freelance writer.