Olympic National Park is a perfect little slice of everything that makes the Pacific Northwest so special. Beaches with sea stacks and tidepools, lush temperate rainforests, snowy mountains that ooze the freshest air you'll ever breathe, geothermal mineral hot springs and waterfalls tucked away in the woods... as cliche as it sounds, it's truly a nature-lover's dream come true. Also, keep your eyes peeled for vampires, werewolves, and/or Twihards.
“go from breathtaking mountain vistas to colorful ocean tidepools”
With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. Come explore!
Shi Shi Beach is a short drive (7 mi) beyond Neah Bay then a short, easy hike to the beach. One of the most beautiful places on Earth!
We did Seattle --> Hurricane Ridge --> Hoh --> Kalaloch Beach --> back to Seattle, and while it was a long day of driving (roads only go around the park, not through it), it was worth it. Even driving around Lake Crescent was gorgeous. The admission to the park is good for, I believe, 7 days, and I don't even think you have to pay to visit some of those beaches along the way. I did see a bear, which was wild, so be bear aware.
Not a fan of having to spend $6.99 to add more destinations. Probably deleting the app now.
Olympic Hot Springs (within park): These alkaline mineral water springs consist of 21 seeps located in a bank on Boulder Creek, a tributary of the Elwha River.
From Port Angeles follow U.S. Highway 101 west approximately eight miles to Olympic Hot Springs Road. Turn left and follow the road south into Olympic National Park. Three miles from Highway 101 you’ll reach the Elwha Campground. Continue past this facility to the Elwha Ranger Station. Beyond the ranger station veer right as the Whiskey Bend Road leads to the left. Follow this road six miles to its end and the trail head for Boulder Creek.
The trail is mostly along a paved road and several washouts will be encountered. The pools are across the bridge after the old lodge’s parking area. The last pool is about 100 yards up the hill from where the trail appears to end. It’s well worth the extra exertion. The upper pool is the cleanest and has the best views. It’s also the most likely pool to be clothing-optional when the area is crowded.
Olympic National Park is one of the most diverse national parks in the United States when it comes to both flora and fauna. It covers nearly a million acres of land in the Olympic Peninsula just west of Seattle across Puget Sound.
The park is pretty easy to navigate, as Highway 101 circumnavigates the park in its entirety and all attractions can be accessed from there.
The best time to visit Olympic National Park depends on what you want to do, but I’d recommend visiting sometime in the spring to fall. The spring is when the rainforests are the lushest and most of the animals are their most active, making it a great time of year to explore the rainoforests here.
If you like mountain hikes or camping, I’d recommend waiting to visit until a little later in the summer (July or August) when all the roads, passes, and summits are open and snow-free. Just remember, warmer temps means more crowds — so be ready to make new friends if you visit during summertime.
Simply the most beautiful National Park I've ever been to, there is nowhere in the United States I'd rather visit.
In the park, you’ll find several environments, including rugged coastline, hot springs, rainforests, mountains capped with glaciers, as well as human history dating back thousands of years. This is an amazing park, with plenty of outdoor activities all year long. We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Washington State.
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Olympic National Park
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