Olympic National Park, Olympic National Park

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#3 of 17 in Nature in Olympic National 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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  • It's gorgeous. We took the Lover's Lane Trail up to Sol Duc Falls, and it was super beautiful. Magical Faerie bridges over creeks and lowlands, and so much majestic moss and trees.  more »
  • Amazing place well worth the $10 and walk to the point. Northern most point of continental US The scenic highway has stops along the way beautiful drive.  more »
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  • Great June visit. The park was beautiful the foliage was vibrant green. The park office had friendly knowledgable Rangers with maps and souvenirs available. Clean restrooms and clearly marked trails. Parking your vehicle can be a challenge during peak hours. So ho early in the day, enjoy!
  • Clearly a well managed wilderness. The amenities are perfect for visitors and the layout is arranged to minimize impact throughout the park. The surrounding area offers lots to see and do, but a hike along hurricane ridge is a must. The Strait contrasts beautifully with the mountains. Well worth visiting.

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