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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Olympic National Park Reviews
This was such a diverse park. Loved the rain Forrest, the mountains and the beaches. It checks off all of the boxes. Roosevelt elk are beautiful creatures. more »
Travelled to many NPs in last five years. Olympic was on our bucket list. Beautiful, but not at the same level as some others (Zion, GC, Acadia, etc). I was somewhat bothered that when ask if the Coho... more »
Wild and beautiful. Just go there and explore. So much to see, but access is limited. If you wanna go into wilderness, hiking and camping is the only way. Very unique place. The ocean is just few miles away from 8,000 feet glaciated peaks. Beautiful lakes and beaches around.
This place has some of the most beautiful scenery in America. There really isn't a bad time of the year to visit, winter to summer, each season has its unique scenes. I love how so many of the smaller roads will have a complete tree canopy over the road. The lakes and beach fronts are breathtaking. There are many trails to hike and waterfalls to see. Two of my favorite places are Cape Flattery and Crescent Lake. When visiting you should plan additional days to your trip because there are so many attractions to see.
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