Olympic National Park Guide

Taking up most of the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park is an enormous national park in the Pacific northwest. It is majestic world of rugged coastlines, fabled temperate rainforests, subalpine forest covered in winter snows, and magical lowland forests. 

You can hike amid aging giant trees, discover colorful anemones in tide pools, walk along driftwood-strewn beaches, hike to hidden waterfalls and splash in beautiful lakes. 

The national park is divided into roughly four different areas – Hurricane Hill and Crescent Lake, Hoh Rainforest, the Pacific beaches, and the Quinault Rainforest and Lake Quinault. 


Olympic National Park Travel Guide

Olympic National Park at a glance

  • State: Washington
  • Main attractions: Rainforests, beaches, tidepools, lakes, waterfalls, mountains
  • Best time to go: Summer
  • Hotels/ Airbnbs: Lodges and vacation rentals in the park and gateway towns including Port Angeles and Forks
  • Campgrounds: Inside the park and nearby
  • Dining: Gateway towns and lodges
  • Shuttle: No

Olympic National Park Guide

Navigate this Olympic National Park guide by clicking on the articles below to read in-depth information about each aspect of Olympic National Park.

Travel Planning


Inspiration


Hurricane Ridge


Sol Duc


Lake Crescent


Hoh Rain Forest


The Beaches


Quinault Rain Forest


Best Tours of Olympic National Park



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About the Author

James Ian Yosemite

James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.

He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and all of the main national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

Based on his experience visiting our national parks multiple times, in-depth research and expertise as a travel planner, James has published detailed itineraries for most of the major national parks in the US. These itineraries, as well as in-depth park guides, comprehensive camping and hiking gear reviews and buying guides, and helpful packing lists and gift guides will help you have your own incredible trip to US national parks without stress and hassle.

As a national park expert, James has contributed to many publications, including Time Business News, Savoteur, Best Trip, and Wired.

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