Natural Wonders

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.

Even if you can’t travel to the park right now, you can still see, hear and experience what’s happening in Olympic National Park, thanks to some amazing technology. Here are some of our favorite ways to feel like we are in the park, even when we’re nowhere near it.

Fly Virtually to Olympic

Fly above Mount Olympus, hover over the Hoh Rain Forest and check out the tides at Third Beach when you visit Olympic National Park with Google Earth. You’ll get a tremendous sense of Olympic’s incredibly varied terrain from its gorgeous coastline to its green rain forests and snow-covered peaks.

Olympic National Park on Google Earth
Toggle through 11 locations inside Olympic by clicking in the lower right corner on Google Earth screen

See Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent and More Now

See what the weather’s like at Hurricane Ridge, how crowded First Beach is and what’s happening at Kalaloch and Lake Crescent when you check out the webcams positioned at each of those places.

See the Elwha Dam Be Deconstructed

The park staff have made videos and photos of the park available to those interested. A highlight is a webisode series on how the Elwha Dam was deconstructed to enable wild salmon to once again run up the river. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from people on the ground about the largest dam removal in United States history.

Check out Scenic and Wildlife Photos

The park has an archive of photos of more than 800 photos of animals and landscapes that you can view on Flickr. Spend some time in this incredible archive, picking out sites you recognize and putting others on your bucket list.