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Olympic National Park

4.3
World heritage site · Forests · Scenic Drive
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, 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 your tour of Olympic National Park and United States travel itinerary using our United States trip maker tool.
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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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Forest
Olympic National Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Rialto Beach
4.8
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
Sol Duc Falls
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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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

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

Scenic Drive in Olympic National Park

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Scenic Drive
Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

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