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Olympic National Park

  • Olympic National Park

    At Olympic National Park, forest, coastal, and mountain ecosystems combine to create a spectacular wilderness park. Designated as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, the park is a living laboratory for scientists and students, as well as an incredible natural playground for visitors.

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    • Woodland in Olympic National Park


    Whether you visit the park for a few hours, a day or several days there is plenty to see and do.

    A 45-minute drive from Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge brings you from the lowlands blanketed with old growth forests to treeline, where clumps of subalpine firs give way to open meadows. On a clear day, views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca are spectacular.

    From Port Angeles, drive about 30 minutes west to Lake Crescent where you can stroll along the shores of the 12-mile long, glacially-carved lake.

    From Forks, a 20-minute drive will bring you to Rialto Beach, where you can walk along a beach amidst drift logs and stones, watch waves crash onto offshore islands, and perhaps spot a bald eagle soaring overhead.

    922,000 acres, Olympic offers endless possibilities for recreation, sightseeing, study and relaxation. Whether it's hiking for miles through the high-country, enjoying a picnic, cross-country skiing at Hurricane Ridge, or strolling on a beach or nature trail, no matter what the season, there are numerous opportunities to experience and explore Olympic National Park.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Set aside some time to explore Olympic National Park in Washington (a World Heritage Site), best appreciated on foot along the many hiking trails. Keep your eyes peeled for the endemic – and very cute - Olympic Marmot and don’t miss a stop at Ruby Beach.

    • Top Tip 2

      Head to Seattle’s unique Pike Place Market for some relaxed people watching from one of the cool cafes strung out along the waterfront. – beware of flying fish!

    • Top Tip 3

      Take a float plane to the San Juan Islands along the Washington coast, and enjoy boat trips to see Orcas, porpoise and other marine wildlife.

    • Top Tip 4

      Ride the Metro Transit to get around downtown Seattle - it's free and great fun.

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