Dungeness Spit.

Dungeness Sea Spit north of Olympic National Park

The longest natural sand spit in the United States, extending 5 miles into the Strait of Juan De Fuca. It's grown about 15 feet/year for the past 120 years.

Photographer on Second Beach in Olympic National Park

2021 National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron

Love to take photos in national parks? Whether it’s a landscape, a wildlife pic, or a Milky Way shot, send it our way. You could win a Tamron camera lens!

A family camping in a national park

Calendar of Free Entrance Days to National Parks

Parks that usually charge an entrance fee will be free on several days during the year. Check our list of dates for this year.

Orca Killer Whale in the Northwest Pacific

Whales on the Olympic Coast in Washington

Washington State's Pacific coast, Puget Sound, and the neighboring San Juan Islands are home to both resident whales and are a route for migrating whales.

Humpback whale breaking the water at sunset

Whale Watching at Olympic National Park

Whale watching cruises are one way to spot large marine mammals, but there are also many locations near the park where you can watch right from the shore.

Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park in Washington

The park has a northern and a southern district or unit, separated by Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Go for a wilderness hike or boat on Diablo Lake.

Elwha dam waterfall in Olympic National Park

Olympic Waterfall Trail Map

With this area's famous rain comes surging rivers that drop as beautiful waterfalls. Many of these waterfalls are accessible within a short hike.

Ferry to Bainbridge Island

Riding the Ferry to Olympic National Park

The shortest route from the Seattle area to Olympic National Park requires taking a boat from Washington State Ferries. However, it may not be the fastest route.

Map of Mt Rainier National Park

Download the Official Mt. Rainier National Park Map PDF

Use this map to get your bearings on the main national park entrances, park roads, lakes and hiking trailheads.

Map of Olympic National Park

Download the Official Olympic National Park Map PDF

This map shows the park roads and entrances, along with lakes and major trails. The map also shows general tide warnings of beach areas.

Kalaloch Beach. Courtesy photo

Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park

Kick back with a front-porch view of the Pacific at Olympic’s only oceanfront lodge, settled on the bluffs above the beach on the park’s western border.

An aerial view of Lake Crescent from Storm King

24 Hours in Olympic National Park Photo Story

Every hour at Olympic brings new surprises. Our collection of dawn-'til-dark images reveal an ever-changing, always-stunning landscape.

Hiking to Sunrise Point on the High Ridge Trail at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Located at 5,242 feet in the park’s northeast corner, Hurricane Ridge is accessible by car and the quickest way to reach Olympic’s alpine zone.

Salmon spawning in a Washington stream

Saving Salmon by Demolishing Dams on the Elwha River

The Elwha River restoration back to its natural state was the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. It was completed on August 26, 2014.

Viewing platform over the Salmon Cascades along the Sol Duc River

Watch Salmon Swim Upstream in Olympic National Park

Watch salmon ascend the Sol Duc River in late summer and fall at this roadside overlook in the Sol Valley.

Bridge over Sol Duc Waterfall on Olympic National Park. Photo by Justin Bailie

Sol Duc Valley in Olympic National Park

Beyond the beauty of the Sol Duc River running through old-growth forest, there's a hot springs resort, a three-legged waterfall, and a salmon cascade.

A wooden carving of a logger sits outside of the Forks Visitor Center. Go inside to see a small Twilight museum. Next to the visitor center is a logger memorial and the Timber Museum. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Forks, Wash., Near Hoh Rainforest at Olympic National Park

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

Statues and a totem archway at the Makah Cultural and Research Center Museum

Neah Bay Near Shi Shi Beach at Olympic National Park

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

Mural-clad Feiro Marine Life Center building on the Port Angeles Mural Trail

Port Angeles Near Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park

The largest city on the Olympic Peninsula and a short scenic drive to Hurricane Ridge mountain trails in the national park.

Sunset at Point of Arches on Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park

Top 3 Vistas in Olympic National Park

If you want to feel on top of the world, here are three fantastic spots that offer incredible views.

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.

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

Beachcombing Hoodsport on the Edge of Olympic National Park

Hoodsport is the gateway to Olympic National Park, Lake Cushman, and a scenic point for hiking, fishing and kayaking on the north fork of the Skokomish River.

Sunset on the Pacific coast in the Kalaloch area of Olympic National Park.

7 Romantic Things to Do in the Olympic National Park Area

Spend a romantic weekend, celebrate Valentine’s Day or an anniversary, or just spend time together in the Olympic National Park area.

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by NPS

Top 5 Things to Do in Winter in Olympic National Park

With fewer visitors during the season, you can find peaceful mountains, crashing waves, and dripping lushness in this winter wonderland.

Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge Winter Timelapse Video

An entire winter's worth of screen shots (141 pictures) from the Hurricane Ridge webcam in Olympic National Park

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge. Photo by NPS

Winter in Olympic National Park

The park is open 24-hours year round. Some roads, campgrounds and other facilities close during the winter season, but the park itself is always open!

The interior of the remodeled Hoh Visitor Center. Photo by NPS

Entrance Fees and Where to Get Your Park Pass for Olympic National Park

Hoping to take a hike along Hurricane Ridge? Don’t forget the entrance fee to Olympic National Park..

Sunset at Rialto Beach at high tide

Best Photos of Olympic National Park

Each year we ask national park travelers to enter their best photos in our annual photo contest. Here are some of the best shots in Olympic National Park.

Aircraft with the Morning Sun Illuminating Their Tails at Sea-Tac Airport

Closest Airports to Olympic National Park

The closest major airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport about 2.5 hours from the Hurricane Ridge park entrance at Port Angeles.

Poster art for the 2019 Juan de Fuca Festival

5 Not-to-Miss Festivals on the Olympic Peninsula

Do you enjoy music, science fiction books, or seafood? Then you won't want to miss these happening surrounding Olympic National Park.

Chimani App

Your National Park App by Chimani

Chimani launches an expanded perks benefit for national parks visitors. It Includes all 60 national park guides, offline maps and $2,500 in savings.

Sea stacks on Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Pacific Coast in Olympic National Park

The park’s wild coastline features both easy-access beaches and remote wilderness. Camp on the beaches year-round.

Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park

Wildland Trekking Guided Hiking Vacations

Go on an unforgettable hiking vacation. Wildland Trekking has a tour that fits nearly anyone who loves to hike in world-renowned, breathtaking landscapes

Three hot springs pools of varying temperatures at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Olympic National Park.

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Olympic National Park

Staying at this riverside resort in Olympic’s northern forest provides access to several natural hot mineral pools for soaking your stress away.

Log Cabin Resort at Lake Crescent. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park

A night at this relaxed complex located on the shores of Lake Crescent will bring you back to your summer camp days.

Lake Quinault Lodge. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Park

This beautiful resort on the shores of Lake Quinault is on the fancy side, with a stylish lobby featuring a large fireplace and fine dining.

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Olympic National Park Email Newsletters

Whether you are planning a trip to the Olympic Peninsula or simply want to stay connected to the national park, our newsletters are a great source of information and are filled with inspiring stories.

Legend of how dragons created Sol Duc Hot Springs

The Warring Dragons Legend of Sol Duc Hot Springs

Down Sol Duc Road in Olympic National Park, you’ll find healing waters of hot springs. Native American legend tells how the springs were created by dragons.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park

Visitor Centers in Olympic National Park

There are three visitor centers and multiple ranger stations in Olympic National Park. See exhibits and learn about the park.

General locations of ferries to Olympic National Park

Where is Olympic National Park?

This park is in the northwest corner of the United States in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula. It contains Pacific Ocean beaches and mountains.

Aerial view of the city of Astoria, Oregon and the bridge to Megler

San Francisco to Seattle Road Trip

See beaches, rainforests, and waterfalls on your journey up the Pacific Coast, circling Olympic National Park, and ending in Seattle, Washington.

Rainbow over Hood Canal

Average Weather for Olympic National Park

In summer, highs are around 65 to 75°F; weather is often sunny from July through September. In winter, heavy snow accumulates in the mountains.

Ranger snowshoe talk in Olympic National Park. NPS photo

Snowshoe with a Ranger in Olympic National Park

Join a ranger-guided snowshoe walk that goes less than a mile and is good for all ages. The park even provides snowshoes.

A man sitting with his dog on the beach

Can I Bring My Pet to Olympic National Park?

To protect the wildlife and flora, pets are prohibited in most areas in the park. Here we list a few places you CAN take your dog plus pet-friendly lodging.

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Winners - National Park Foundation Gear from Celestron

2016 Grand Prize Winner: Joan Gales. Weekly winners: Teresa Media, Stephanie Henry, John Mckeel, Christina Moore, Susan Ansorge, Don Spiegel, Yael Neubauer

Vimeo video, "MTJP Olympic" by More Than Just Parks

Timelapse Video of Olympic National Park

This video is the culmination of a month spent backpacking through Olympic National Park.

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

This strikingly blue, deep (624 feet) lake sits in the forest 18 miles west of Port Angeles.

Park ranger and kids at the coast

Ranger-led Walks and Talks in Olympic National Park

Ranger-led programs are available throughout the year at visitor centers. Visitors of all ages learn at ranger-guided walks and evening programs.

Hiker with a cell phone

Cell Phone Audio Tour of Olympic National Park

The National Park Service's phone-based audio tour highlights nine areas, so you can choose which ones you want to learn more about.

Mountain goat on a rocky ledge. Photo by John Williams

What to Do if You See a Mountain Goat on the Trail

Mountain goats don't have the same flight response to humans as many animals and they crave salt. Be safe with our five guidelines for goat encounters.