5. Olympic National Park, Washington

The Olympic Wilderness at Olympic National Park is one of the most popular wilderness destinations in the country and some of the most diverse terrain. With old-growth forests, rugged mountain peaks, glaciers, rainforest, 600 miles of hiking trails, and 48 miles of beachfront, this northeastern paradise has something for everyone. Above: Lichen-covered rock and a cascading waterfall on the Sol Duc Falls Trail.

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