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Washington

"Itinerary 3: Wildlife Adventures - Nisqually Wildlife Refuge & NW Trek


Day 1: Mount St. Helens & Wolfhaven (100 miles)
Day 2: Nisqually Wildlife Refuge & NW Trek (75 miles)
Day 3: Issaquah/Snoqualmie Falls, Padilla Bay National Marine Reserve (110 miles)
Day 4: Whale Watching/Nature Cruise San Juan Islands

Day Three:

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery:
The most-visited hatchery in the state, operated as a partnership between the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH). The best time to visit is Sept.-Oct., when the salmon return to the hatchery when as many as 20,000 salmon may return before runs end in Dec. The facility is open year-round and has very good interpretive signs and displays to help guests learn about all things salmon.
Lunch: Salish Lodge

Snoqualmie Falls:
Take in the spectacular views at Snoqualmie Falls where you will find a two-acre park, hiking trail, observation deck, gift shop, and the famous 270 foot waterfall.

Padilla Bay National Marine Reserve:
This pristine estuary is one of the best places in the Puget Sound to view many species of birds. A high observation deck offers spectacular views and an interpretive center includes exhibits, indoor aquariums, and theater.

Take Interstate 5 North from Seattle or South from Bellingham to exit 230, just north of Mount Vernon. Take Highway 20 West toward Anacortes about 6 miles. Turn right at stop light onto Bay View-Edison Road (Farm House Inn Restaurant is at this intersection). Drive north about five miles, past Bay View State Park. The Breazeale Interpretive Center will be on your right, 1/4 mile past the state park.
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-9668

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