Olympic National Park
Welcome to Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula! Come and explore this amazing area that offers miles of puzzle-like shorelines, alpine meadows crowned with glaciers, and dense rainforest valleys. This incredible vacation playground has almost a million acres of Olympic National Park to enjoy along with Olympic National Forest and dozens of state, county and city parks. Located on Washington State’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park was created in 1908.
Here’s an excellent website to view videos and photo of this magnificent park.
There are three main regions in the park: the coast, the mountains, and the rainforest. The park can be reached from any of the communities around the Olympic Peninsula, but the main jumping point is from Port Angeles. From there you can get to Hurricane Ridge, one of the most visited spots in all of the park. Hurricane ridge is almost 5000 feet high and gives views of the Olympic Mountain Range and Mount Olympus, the tallest peak in the park. Also from Port Angeles, you can drive a short distance to some very nice day hikes. These include Lake Angeles, Merrymere Falls, and The Spruce Railroad trail. From Sequim you can reach the Dungess Valley and explore the north eastern side of the mountains. Some of the more popular hikes in this region are Tubalcane Mine and Royal Basin. From Forks you can reach the coastal and temperate rainforest regions of the park. A short drive from Forks is the Pacific Ocean and the beaches of the Olympic National Park, including Kalaloch Beach. You can reach the rainforest region by driving up the Hoh river. Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula has some of the best views of scenery and wildlife anywhere in the United States. From hiking up snowcapped peaks, to spending the day basking in the sun along a Pacific Coast beach, the Olympic Peninsula has a wide variety of activities for visitors. The main attraction found on the peninsula is The Olympic National Park. Visitors also enjoy spending the day or a weekend in one of the small communities on the Olympic Peninsula. There are also ferries from the area to Victoria, British Columbia for a wonderful day trip.