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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  • You can spend as little or as much time as you want in the Olympic National Forest. If you are really into hiking, you can spend a week doing different trails each day. If you are a day tripper (like ...  more »
  • This is such a vast area of land. We have been there 4 times, and we have not seen all that we want to see. We have many more trails to hike.  more »
  • You must have several days to explore this amazing forest! Don't miss Hurricane Ridge, the Hoh Rainforest and Rialto Beach. All are incredible and very different from one another.  more »
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  • This was the first National Park I've visited and I had an amazing experience. Visited in late May when many of the trails still had significant amount of ice, but it proved to be a good thing as the trail to Hurricane Ridge was not very crowded. I probably only saw 8 people on my way up and back. I also spotted lots of wildlife including a bear right off the road up to the ski area and visitor center. I'll definitely come back and can't wait!
  • Huge, beautiful, rugged NP for everyone. Mountains, rivers, waterfalls, great hikes, wonderful wildlife. No amenities though so make sure to bring plenty of water and perhaps some food. I think signs and information system should be improved (or established). Great place though. We enjoyed every second.
  • I'm in love with this beautiful land. Because each season and unending supply of fresh air. An some of the best fishing. An well it is a wonderful place where you just show up an go with the day..
  • Had a nice time there and got a lot of great pictures with my family. Plan ahead. * Bathroom facilities are just outhouses * The intersections on the trails are unmarked. Bring a map and compass, GPS, etc. We weren't the only people on the easy trail who didn't know where to go. * Bring your own food and water.
  • Beauty beyond description! The Crescent Lodge provides a nice dining experience for guests and visitors alike. The cabins along the lake front--especially during the off season--are a wonderful place for a respite!

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Where to stay in Olympic National Park

Many visitors to Olympic National Park choose to pitch a tent at one of 16 campgrounds, many of which stay open throughout the year. The park also offers a mix of lodge rooms, motel rooms, and cabins thanks to two lodges and two resorts. On the Pacific Coast, the Kalaloch Lodge stands as the most isolated of these. If you prefer to rest your head outside the park, consider staying in Port Townsend. This artsy waterside community northeast of the park offers plenty of inns and bed and breakfasts, but they fill up quickly in summer, so reserve ahead if possible. Port Angeles sits a bit closer to the park and offers more functional accommodations in the form of motels and hotels, though you'll also find waterfront inns and cottages in the area. Communities on the park's western side offer a rustic vibe, but they also take more time to get to if you're coming from Seattle.
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