Gateway Towns to Olympic National Park

Whether you only have a few hours or a couple days, it’s important to decide what you want to see to maximize your time in Olympic National Park, which covers nearly 1 million acres and a range of ecosystems. Here are towns nearby the park that serve as gateways to unique ecosystems.

Regional map of Olympic National Park showing gateway towns.

One of the shops in Forks, Washington for fans of the Twilight book and movie series. Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Forks, WA – Western Gateway to Olympic National Park

Basecamp to the Hoh Rain Forest and Kalaloch beaches, although some visitors may know it from the Twilight book series and films. Read More...

A view looking north from the south end of Hood Canal in Washington State. The Olympic Mountain can be seen in the distance.

Hoodsport, WA – Southeast Gateway to Olympic National Park

Gateway to Olympic National Park, Lake Cushman, and a scenic point for hiking, fishing and kayaking on the north fork of the Skokomish River. Read More...

The Makah Tribal Cemetery in Neah Bay, Washington. Around the graves are numerous personal effects, presumably of the deceased; including model cars, statues and even a sewing machine. Photo by John Fowler [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Neah Bay, WA – Northwest Gateway to Olympic National Park

Explore pristine beaches and the rainforest on the northwestern tip of Olympic Peninsula, home to the Makah tribe. Read More...

Port Angeles, Washington from the pier tower, early morning.

Port Angeles, WA – Northern Gateway to Olympic National Park

The largest city on the Olympic Peninsula, and nearby Hurricane Ridge, the most accessible mountain terrain in the park. Read More...

Seattle skyline

Seattle, Washington – Gateway to Olympic National Park

Seattle is a vibrant city, packed with culture, great food, and lovely waterfront views. Don’t miss a stroll through the famous Pike Place Market. Read More...