Olympic National Park, Olympic National Park

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In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks. The park's 373,120 hectares (922,000 acres) include numerous hiking trails that stretch from moist, mossy, and leafy valleys up to jagged mountain peaks that hold snow into summer. Anglers cast their lines into some of the hundreds of lakes and streams that hold 37 species of fish, including coho, chinook, and sockeye salmon, while birders try to spot a few of the 250 species, including blue grouse, belted kingfisher, warblers, woodpeckers, kinglets, and sparrows. Tide pools hold colorful life forms, such as green anemones and purple starfish, while gray whales appear off the coast from March to May, and black bears, cougars, and elk roam the park's interior year-round. The lower elevations of the park remain snow-free through winter--the extra moisture during the rainy season brightens the forest's greenery. Plan to see Olympic National Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Olympic National Park road trip planning app .
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  • Such a diverse region of the country! You get rain forest, to spruce/cedar forests, streams, rivers and most of all beach hikes, camping and scenery. I cannot wait to come back and spend more quality ...  more »
  • So luscious that slight rain didn’t really get us wet as the tree leaves protected the water from falling on us! I cleared out my lungs taking deep deep deep breaths. Started the short hike from Lake ...  more »
  • You can go off season when it’s really rainy, but this is beat in the summer where at least the rain showers are short! Stunning beauty & greenery with lush growth that cannot be found easily anywhere...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful places on the Earth. There's a lot to explore here. You can visit this national park any time of the year. Some places need you to have passes. Plan ahead. Don't forget to visit the rain forest. When visiting during the winter you may need to carry chains for the tyres. There are a lot of treks, waterfalls, lakes, forests. There are many beautiful beaches nearby. You can see plenty of sea life during low-tides. There are a few historic places as well and Indian reservations. You will need a lot of time to explore the entire park. Won't be possible to cover in a single visit. Plan ahead. Enjoy the Northwest!
  • If youre anywhere near this park you have to go. It's scenery is divine and it's so vast I could've easily gone a whole week and not gotten tired of the view. I went from Seattle so I booked a guide which was amazing because I didn't risk getting lost. If you can try to go on your own so you can explore without a time constraint. A definite repeat in my opinion
  • Such a great place to hike or camp. Well-marked trails of different distances and degrees of difficulty. Parking is free. Some entrances cost $25 per car for access. Parking is otherwise free. Overnight camping is $20 per day. Campsites are clean and easily accessible. Bathrooms available at the bottom of all trails. The park is great place to stay for the week or weekend.
  • Breathtaking! Drove here from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Took the ferry across from Seattle. A treasure trove. Only wished I could have stayed here longer. Will be back. God willing.
  • We have mostly visited the park at Hurricane Ridge. There's is something to explore, for all levels of interest and ages which is what makes us love it so much. In the summer, you can explore short hikes across around the ridge and see beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains and the Sound to the north. In the winter, since we aren't skiers, we love to go up there for their tubing and sledding hills. Our girls (5 and 7) love it.
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