Olympic National Park, Olympic National Park

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Forest Nature / Park
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. A visit to Olympic National Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Olympic National Park travel itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • This park is beautiful and massive. We could only see some of the highlights but enjoyed every minute. We enjoyed some great hiking to Sol Duc Falls. The Salmon Cascades were awesome as well. Hiking i...  more »
  • This is a very cool destination with a great glimpse into an actual rainforest. Went in September of a drought year and it was still pretty amazing. Now that we've had recent rain it should be great.  more »
  • Visiting Olympic National Park was quite a different experience for those of us living on the east coast where beaches are sandy with a few shells and no rocks. We don't have the very interesting rain...  more »
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  • Beautiful park with a lot of variety. Snowshoed up on hurricane ridge on day, did a lake hike the next. Rangers were all super friendly, informative, and helpful. Note that there is not an access road across the park. The main entrance is on the north side. Keep in mind when making your plans.
  • Beautiful park. Fresh green rain forrest and great views. If you want to go high into the mountains, wait until later into summer so that it's not snowy. Be prepared for rain, as rain will often come during a part of the day and be sunny the rest.
  • This is one of the most incredible National Parks in the country in my opinion. There are so many things to see with such different environments. You can see an amazing rain forest. You could hike for miles, on or off trail. You can see magnificent beaches. Experience mountaintop vistas. Relax in river valleys. Enjoy incredible lakes. Fish, camp, swim, photograph... The possibilities are endless. If you ever wanted to check out an incredible National Park, this is the one to go to.
  • God outdid himself on this one! The drive into the park on Hurricane Ridge gave such amazing views. Then the summit appeared and we were transported to a Switzerland style mountain retreat with hiking and skiing and a fun lodge.
  • Truly Awesome. We were only able to devote a day to the park. It was nowhere near enough, but was still amazing. We drove from Port Angeles to the Hoh Rain Forest (enjoying some other Olympic sites on the way). The Rain Forest was simply awe-inspiring (though it lived up to its name with rain) -- green, green, and more green. We closed it out with the beach -- not your typical tourist beach with sun and sand, but powerful waves, trees washed up on the beach, and forests around the beach.