Description - Washington State Historic Sites range from 19th century military forts to buildings, structures, districts and objects. These sites offer recreation opportunities for everyone. From hiking trails and camping to visitor centers and museums visitors will be able to explore the state's rich history.
- Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, boating, picnicking, visitor centers, museums, and interpretive programs. Many of the sites offer guided tours of the historical buildings and landmarks.
Recreation - Recreational activities at historic sites include visitor centers, interpretive programs and viewing of historic buildings and locations.
Climate - Washington's climate varies greatly between regions and with changing elevation. The Cascade Range splits the state and alters weather patterns. Climate at lower elevations west of the Cascades is generally temperate due to the coastal influence, with extreme temperatures rare. The Cascades and Western Washington receive high amounts of precipitation, consisting of mostly rain at the lower elevations but heavy winter snow at the higher elevations. The peaks of the Cascade Range and Olympic Mountains remain snow covered throughout the year.
Averaging only about 12 inches of precipitation annually, Eastern Washington is significantly drier than Western Washington. Eastern Washington also experiences much greater temperature extremes with summer temperatures often reaching 90 degrees F at the lowe
The location of historic sites is available along with driving instructions and a map on each of the wildernet pages describing an individual site.