Presenter Information

Matthew WoodFollow


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Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Michael Pretes

Event Website

Start Date

22-4-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

22-4-2019 11:00 AM

Document Type

Poster Presentation


The state of Washington has some of the most beautiful countryside in the United States of America and contains three of the sixty-one National Parks in the country. Though all three parks are the same distance from Seattle, Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks receive two to three million visitors per year, while North Cascades receives only about forty thousand. Why don’t more people visit North Cascades National Park? In this study, I examined potential factors such as accessibility, hotel and campground accommodation, visitors centers and other amenities, amount of park accessible by road, and number of recognized tourist sights for each of the three parks. I used an analysis of Instagram postings and Instagram analytics to determine what sights park visitors identified as important. I also analyzed data from TripAdvisor and Yelp in order to determine available accommodation, and created buffer maps for each park to identify nearby accommodation. My results suggest that the lack of roads, nearby accommodation, visitors centers, and “famous” sights reduces visitation to North Cascades National Park compared to the more recognizable Olympic and Mount Rainier.

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Geography Commons


Apr 22nd, 10:00 AM Apr 22nd, 11:00 AM

Assessing Visitor Rates in Washington State National Parks

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