Olympic National Park, Olympic National Park

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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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  • I have lived in Washington my entire 60+ years and had never been to the Olympic National Forest. It was beyond what I envisioned; the trees are incredible and everything was very peaceful. There is.....  more
    I have lived in Washington my entire 60+ years and had never been to the Olympic National Forest. It was beyond what I envisioned; the trees are incredible and everything was very peaceful. There is.....  more »
  • I love this park. Wonderful hikes, beautiful rain forests, beautiful lakes. Truly stunning nature. We will think back on our visit to this gem for a very long time for sure. 
    I love this park. Wonderful hikes, beautiful rain forests, beautiful lakes. Truly stunning nature. We will think back on our visit to this gem for a very long time for sure.  more »
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  • Fantastic national park with so many different climates and geographical sites to see. There are trails for all levels. We especially loved the Switchback trail and Ruby beach. It overall wasn’t too crowded and we were able to see many areas of the park within our trip!
  • I am on a quest to visit as many waterfalls in Washington and this was by far the best experience thus far. It was a 3.5hr drive from the outskirts of Tacoma but it was a pleasant drive. I would recommend this trip any day of the weeks rain or shine. It is breathtaking!!

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