Welcome to Olympic National Park, WA
A spellbinding setting is tucked into the country's far-northwestern corner, within the heart-shaped Olympic Peninsula. Edged on all sides by water, the forested landscape is remote and pristine, and works its way around the sharpened ridges of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. Big lakes cut pockets of blue in the rugged blanket of pine forests, and hot springs gurgle up from the foothills. Along the coast the sights are even more enchanting: wave-sculpted boulders, tidal pools teeming with sea life, and tree-topped sea stacks. Explore
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This 17-mile road ascends nearly a mile in elevation to a visitor center with spectacular vistas of snowy mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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Take a ranger-led nature walk to discover the fascinating world of sea anemones, starfish, sea urchins, crabs and other tide-pool creatures.
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A half-hour walk leads to Cape Flattery’s shoreline featuring rocky cliffs and sea stacks. Watch offshore for whales, puffins, seals and sea otters.
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After admiring (or paddling on) this lovely deep-blue lake, take the 0.8-mile trail to Marymere Falls, which plunges 90 feet into a rock-sided chasm.
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Watch for elk as you drive to this park woodland, where mosses and ferns create scenes of incredible lushness and easy trails invite exploration.
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