Known locally as the Cascades, the Cascade Mountain Range is a breathtaking range of peaks that extends from the northern tip of California into southern British Columbia. The mountains are a veritable paradise for outdoor sports like hiking, rock climbing, skiing, camping, boating and canoeing.

The tallest peak in the Cascades is Mount Rainier, which stretches up 14,411 feet (4,392m) above sea level. While climbing Mount Rainier is considered very difficult, the peak offers other activities and is one of the most-photographed mountains in the US. Mount Adams is another peak that is intimidating to novice climbers.

But perhaps the most famous peak in the Cascades is Mount St Helens, an active volcano that famously erupted in 1980, killing 57 people. The Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument explores the event. Only a few hours' drive from Seattle, the Cascades are a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature on any Washington holiday. The pristine wilderness and abundant animal life will rejuvenate anyone who needs to escape the city.

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