Olympic National Park

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This rainforest-covered peninsula with Mount Olympus at its center is a glorious side trip from Seattle.

Olympic National Park is on the Olympic Peninsula, surrounded the Puget Sound on three sides, and just a few hours’ drive from Seattle. This lush rainforest is a sparsely inhabited reserve of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, beaches and wildlife. It takes its name from the glacial peaks of the Olympic Mountains. Just one main road, Highway 101, encircles the peninsula, linking the small cities of Port Angeles and Port Townsend with Olympia, Washington State's capital city.

The only way to explore the interior of the park is via the 500-mile (800-kilometer) network of hiking trails. There are plenty of hikes for all levels of walking enthusiasts, including easy strolls for those visiting just a short time. Be careful if you’re visiting in winter, when steep and slippery trails can present challenges during hikes of all levels.

Awe-inspiring Mount Olympus rises 7,965 feet (2,428 meters) in the center of the park. Only trained climbers should attempt to reach the summit, but there are plenty of easier trails. Follow the Hoh River Trail for great views of the mountain. Venture into the dense, jungle-like Hoh Rain Forest, where some of the trees are up to 500 years old.

Try alpine and Nordic skiing at Hurricane Ridge, where there are two rope tows and a lift as well as a lodge for warming up. In summer, this area offers stunning views from the 1.6-mile (2.2-kilometer) long paved trail where patches of snow may linger well into July.

For a hike with an ocean view, head to the southwest coast. Ruby Beach has some of the most stunning and accessible coastline in the area, including tide pools rich with urchins, starfish and gooey ducks.

Immerse yourself in Olympic National Park’s natural charms and stay at one of the campgrounds, or seek out simple lodgings in one of the small communities such as Forks or Quinault. If you’re looking for luxurious digs, this isn’t the right place. The pampering is strictly for the senses, found in the breath-taking natural surroundings.

Lake Quinault is another popular area on the peninsula. There’s a rustic lodge, the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, and helpful visitor centers at the Hoh Rainforest and Hurricane Ridge. Port Angeles, just north of the Olympic National Park, is a nice stop between the peninsula and Seattle.

A fun way to extend your visit to Olympic National Park is to take the ferry from Port Angeles across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria on Vancouver Island, but don't forget your passport or another form of I.D.

The Olympic National Park is two to three hours by car from Seattle, depending on traffic and the wait at the ferry. During the summer, allow for a few hours’ wait at the ferry terminal.

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Super 8 by Wyndham Port Angeles at Olympic National Park
Super 8 by Wyndham Port Angeles at Olympic National Park
2 out of 5
2104 E 1st St, Port Angeles, WA
The price is $72 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in the heart of Port Angeles, this golf motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Peninsula Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Olympic National Park Visitor Center ...
3.8/5 Good! (977 reviews)
"Quiet and clean. Nice for a quick stay!"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Port Angeles at Olympic National Park
Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor
Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor
3 out of 5
221 N Lincoln St, Port Angeles, WA
The price is $89 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in Port Angeles, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Feiro Marine Life Center and Port Angeles Ferry Terminal. Port of Port ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,169 reviews)
"Excellent view"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor
Enchanted Forest Cabin In Majestic Setting - Olympic N. P. On Your Doorstep
Enchanted Forest Cabin In Majestic Setting - Olympic N. P. On Your Doorstep
Port Angeles, WA
This family-friendly Port Angeles vacation home is located in the mountains, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Olympic National Forest, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Port Angeles ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Great cabin rental near Hurricane Ridge
"We really enjoyed staying at this cabin. It was extremely peaceful and quiet. The location was perfect. We hiked Hurricane Hill, visited Lake Crescent and walked to Devils Punch bowl, visited Dungeness Wilderness Area, Washington Lavender Farm, a winery, and many restaurants and shops in Port Angeles. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

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Olympic Inn & Suites
Olympic Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
1510 E Front Street, Port Angeles, WA
The price is $65 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
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Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor
Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor
3 out of 5
221 N Lincoln St, Port Angeles, WA
The price is $89 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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Super 8 by Wyndham Port Angeles at Olympic National Park
Super 8 by Wyndham Port Angeles at Olympic National Park
2 out of 5
2104 E 1st St, Port Angeles, WA
The price is $72 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Super 8 by Wyndham Port Angeles at Olympic National Park
Enchanted Forest Cabin In Majestic Setting - Olympic N. P. On Your Doorstep
Enchanted Forest Cabin In Majestic Setting - Olympic N. P. On Your Doorstep
Port Angeles, WA
Enchanted Forest Cabin In Majestic Setting - Olympic N. P. On Your Doorstep
Port Angeles Inn
Port Angeles Inn
2.5 out of 5
111 East 2nd Street, Port Angeles, WA
The price is $85 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Port Angeles Inn
The Wapiti Rose, Your Gateway To Adventure On The Olympic Peninsula
The Wapiti Rose, Your Gateway To Adventure On The Olympic Peninsula
Port Angeles, WA
The Wapiti Rose, Your Gateway To Adventure On The Olympic Peninsula
SOLITUDE! 10 acres on Elwha River- Olympic Park  Mountains & River Views
SOLITUDE! 10 acres on Elwha River- Olympic Park Mountains & River Views
Port Angeles, WA
The price is $300 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
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NEW! Picturesque Port Angeles Cabin w/ Fire Pit!
Port Angeles, WA
NEW! Picturesque Port Angeles Cabin w/ Fire Pit!
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Northwest Art and stylish comfort nestled among the trees!
Port Angeles, WA
Northwest Art and stylish comfort nestled among the trees!
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