Check Out This Abandoned Nuclear Plant That You Can Explore For Free
We've got Hanford right in our own backyard but we don't have any easily accessible tours to explore the reactors. There is one place in the state of Washington where you can explore a nuclear reactor.
An Almost Finished Nuclear Plant Stands Abandoned In Washington State
An almost finished nuclear reactor plant in Washington State has become a destination location and you can explore some of the facility grounds.
Satsop Nuclear Plant was constructed in the 1970s but wasn't completed due to cost overruns. The site has now become a business complex but the remains of the old nuclear plant still exist and you are able to explore some of the grounds at the site. You won't be able to go inside because of fencing but you'll be close enough to see how massive these stacks really are.
Located In Elma Washington, Satsop Nuclear Plant Is Now A Destination Location
Located at 150 Technology Way in Elma Washington. You'll be able to get up close with the massive cooling towers at the facility.
In 2013, the facility transitioned to a business park with an eclectic mix of business and activity on the campus, ranging from a world-class acoustical lab to film shoots to an impressive tunnel training site used by the City of Seattle Fire Department.
Here's how you get to the site:
From North: I-5 exit 104 at Olympia, follow signs to Ocean Beaches. After 27 miles, take Satsop Development Park (SDP) exit. From South: I-5 exit 88B to US Hwy 12 west. Drive 26 miles, at Elma go 1/2 mile and take SDP exit. After SDP exit: Make left to cross over freeway. Another 1.6 miles south, watch for SDP sign. Take bridge over river, turn right to Lambert Road and go 3.2 miles to park entrance at Olympic View Drive.
As you plan your vacation throughout Washington State, this abandoned nuclear plant might be something you can check out. You can also click on the video above to see how cool this abandoned nuclear site really is.
It's like walking onto a movie set with its massive towering silos and it should be well worth the trip.