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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  • very different and interesting. chose not to do the other trail because a black bear had been spotted 
    very different and interesting. chose not to do the other trail because a black bear had been spotted  more »
  • Absolutely STUNNING National Park! We hiked in a couple of spots in the park and there is really nowhere you can go that isn't beautiful. There was a lot of wildlife, we saw deer, garter snakes... 
    Absolutely STUNNING National Park! We hiked in a couple of spots in the park and there is really nowhere you can go that isn't beautiful. There was a lot of wildlife, we saw deer, garter snakes...  more »
  • We loved the park and the surrounding areas. Bring your hiking boots! Tons of trails, waterfalls, lakes and beautiful forests. Some pretty coastline as well. Cute towns here and there but mostly a... 
    We loved the park and the surrounding areas. Bring your hiking boots! Tons of trails, waterfalls, lakes and beautiful forests. Some pretty coastline as well. Cute towns here and there but mostly a...  more »
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  • I was here back in mid October, was a exceptional national park. It has many different environments mountains, lush forests, and coastal beaches in the west coast, all of which are well worth exploring. It involves a lot of driving to get around the park it’s huge n ya have to drive around the perimeters to get anywhere, the Mountain View’s we’re my favorite but it’s highly debatable, the coast n forests might be a better bet in the winter, such a short drive from Seattle this park offers a little bit of everything highly recommend.
  • This national park is also very beautiful similar to other national parks of Washington. This is huge national park and ideally one day is not just enough to explore the park. There is a good amount of driving involved if you have to come all parts of the park. Within this park you explore mountains, you can explore rainforest and you can explore beaches. One park gives you taste of so many different landscapes
  • Spectacular!!! Great hikes with panoramic views. We walked over snow in July. I got some great video of an 8 point buck in felt from about 10 foot away. We also saw a black bear at a long distance. Beautiful place.
  • Amazing experience however you need at least 2 days to visit. We visited only for a day so explored Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent and Sol Duc portions of the National park. Everything was beautiful would definitely suggest taking out at least 2 days to visit.
  • Plan ahead and spent some quality time with friends and family. Park has many falls, trails to visit and hike, beautiful Mother Nature! You can take a ferry to Seattle if you don’t want to drive after a few days hiking and driving in Olympic Park. Will get good photos of Seattle from the Elliott Bay.

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