See giant trees in a rainforest and tide pools on the Pacific coast, hike to views of the Olympic mountains, and play in the water in cool mountain lakes. Olympic National Park and the Peninsula have enough natural wonders to explore for a lifetime of vacations.
The west-side area of this national park is one of the best places in the world to see a temperate rainforest ecosystem.
During low tides, the Pacific Ocean retreats from the beaches and exposes pools of water in rocky crevices that team with sea life.
Mt Olympus is the tallest and most prominent mountain in the Olympic Mountains but the only great view of it is on Hurricane Ridge or from other mountains.
This strikingly blue, deep (624 feet) lake sits in the forest 18 miles west of Port Angeles.
With this area's famous rain comes surging rivers that drop as beautiful waterfalls. Many of these waterfalls are accessible within a short hike.
Iconic rock posts and arches jutting up from the sand along the Washington coast are what define the national park's beaches. Here's where to see them.
Called the most beautiful falls in Olympic, the hike to the falls is a short and easy one. Walk one mile through old-growth forest to the overlook.
Explore the tide pools or surf on Olympic's beaches. But, what many visitors don't know is that they are at a national marine sanctuary.