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.
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Cascade in the forest of Olympic National Park

A cascade in the forest from the National Park Service Flickr photo collection

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.


The Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park

4 Rainforests of Olympic National Park

The west-side area of this national park is one of the best places in the world to see a temperate rainforest ecosystem.

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.

Breaching gray whale

6 Wild Animals for your Olympic National Park Watch List

Look for these animals as you explore Olympic National Park including elk, whales, eagle plus three more.

Ochre starfish and anemones in a tide pool on Olympic National Park's Pacific Coast

Visit a National Marine Sanctuary on Olympic National Park's Coast

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.

Park visitors get advice, permits, bear cans and maps from rangers at the Port Angeles Visitor Center near the Hurricane Ridge Entrance Station

Olympic National Park Entrances

Accessed via US 101, which circles the peninsula, Olympic National Park has many entry points. Here are the six most popular.

Sea stacks on Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Sea Stacks on Olympic National Park's Coast

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.

A family exploring the tide pools on Rialto Beach.

9 Things to Do with Kids in Olympic National Park

With four distinct ecosystems, there are tons of activities to keep the whole family happy. Here are our top family-friendly things to do in the park.

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.

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.