Olympic National Park, Olympic National Park

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. 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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  • We enjoyed the simple hikes through the rain forest in Olympic. You get a different perspective on the vegetation grows in their habitat.  more »
  • I really liked this place. There is a $30 7 day car pass you need to purchase to get in to certain areas but worth it if you know you're going in more than once (we did a couple times and there were.....  more »
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  • 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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Popular things to do in Olympic National Park

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Scenic Drive
Hurricane Ridge
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Ruby Beach
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Rialto Beach
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Sol Duc Falls
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Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Olympic National Park

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Water Body
Crescent Lake
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Forest
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Forest
Quinault Rain Forest
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Hood Canal
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Olympic National Park

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Hiking Trail
Second Beach Trail
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Hiking Trail
Ozette Loop Hike
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
High Divide
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Kalaloch Beach Trail 4
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Olympic National Park

Hot Spring
Sol Duc Hot Springs
1.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Hoh River Trail
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Waterfall
Murhut Falls
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Hoh River
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Olympic National Park

Hiking Trail
Rain Forest Nature Trail Quinault
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Military Museum
U.S. Naval Undersea Museum Keyport
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Mount Ellinor Trail Hoodsport
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Hiking Trail
Staircase Rapids Nature Trail Hoodsport
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Olympic National Park

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Mountain
Mount Olympus
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Water Body
Lena Lakes
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Waterfall
Bunch Creek Falls
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Duration: 2 hours