Explore the Pacific Northwest’s Olympic National Park

Home to four of the world’s few remaining temperate rainforests, a breathtaking coastline and craggy mountain peaks, Washington state’s Olympic is unique among national park sites. Elevations range from sea level to 7,983 feet at Mt. Olympus. Its wild Pacific coast is speckled with tide pools and sea stacks where you can watch whales from the shore. And in the misty valleys, walk among giant trees including the nation’s largest Sitka spruce at 191 feet tall.

National park ranger wearing a face mask and gloves to protect from COVID-19

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Sea Star Ochre at Olympic National Park

Explore Tide Pools at Olympic National Park's Coast

During low tides, the Pacific Ocean retreats from the beaches and exposes pools of water in rocky crevices that team with sea life.

Cascade in the forest of Olympic National Park

Visit Olympic National Park Virtually

You don’t have to visit Olympic National Park in person to experience its spectacular mountains, rain forests and beaches.

Hikers at Hole-in-the-Wall on Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park

What to Pack for an Olympic National Park Vacation

How do you pack a place where you can experience so many ecosystems in one day? Here are the top 16 items to bring to the park.

Hurricane Ridge Road.

5 Best Road Trips

Getting there can be as fun as the park itself. Enjoy these scenic drives and road trips to Olympic National Park and other spots in Washington State.

Kayaking on lake in Olympic National Park.

A Perfect Day in Olympic National Park

Got 24 hours? Get the most out of them with this guide.

Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park

48 Hours in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is unique in that it is home to four of the world’s few remaining intact temperate rainforests, a breathtaking coastline and incredible alpine peaks.

Merriman Falls in Olympic National Park

8 Ways to Live in the Moment, Olympic-Style

Here are exceptional ways to have fun and be present, even if you can't be at Olympic National Park in person.

The "Hole-in-the-Wall" north of Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park

Which Trail Should I Hike in Olympic National Park?

Our personalized guide gives you a sense of what to expect on the trails from a relaxing stroll down a striking beach to a strenuous hike to a waterfall.

How should I get to Olympic National Park?

Most people drive to the park. Check out our road trip ideas. The nearest major airport to the park is Seattle/Tacoma. Once you get to the park, you will need a car or tour transportation to get around because there are no shuttles.

Where should I stay on my Olympic vacation?

There are several campgrounds, cabins, and lodges inside the park. There are also many lodging options near Olympic entrances in the gateway towns of Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles, Neah Bay, Forks, and Hoodsport.

What is there to see in Olympic National Park?

The park's four ecosystems include alpine mountains (Hurricane Ridge), lowland forest lakes and rivers (Lake Crescent and Lake Quinault), temperate rain forests and the Olympic coast on the Pacific Ocean. Watch wildlife in the park such as Roosevelt elk, deer, black bear, birds, and mountain goats.

What is there to do in Olympic National Park?

The most popular activities are hiking the trails, visiting waterfalls, water sports on the lakes and rivers, soaking in hot springs, and exploring tide pools and sea stacks along the beaches. See our list of the top ten things to do on the Olympic Peninsula.