Looking to plan a getaway this summer? Want to go somewhere close but spectacular? Look no further than the Olympic Peninsula and the Olympic National Park! This area includes literally every kind of environment you could ask for, from lakes to the coast to forests. So brush the dust off your sleeping bag and tent, because this is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors!
Nestled between snow capped peaks and the Pacific Ocean is Olympic National Park, just an hour drive from Forks. With miles of coastline, forests, mountains, and everything in between, even the whiniest of kids will be thoroughly entertained. Whether you’re on Team Edward or Team Jacob, everyone will enjoy this vast and beautiful National Park!
Did you know that we have a rainforest right here in our backyard? The Hoh Rain Forest is a hugely popular destination, located on the west side of the park. This astounding gem is a world away from our bustling lives, with brilliant green moss covering every available space. Enjoy serene hikes through this unique forest, such as the Hall of Mosses or the Hoh River Trail. Get a healthy dose of that crisp mountain air on Hurricane Ridge, an easily accessible area which highlights the spectacular Olympic Mountains and plenty of trails. And don’t forget about the 73 miles of pristine coastline, where you’ll find cliffs, tide pools, and sandy beaches. If fishing is your thing, there are many opportunities in the park, as there are over 3,000 miles of streams, river, lakes, and coastline.
There are 16 campsites within the National Park for the true camper. And make sure to bring that trusty raingear! Take it from someone who has experienced first-hand why they call it a rainforest (picture 12-14 feet of rain a year). But if you’re looking for a little R&R after trekking through the forest, you can always try the Sol Duc Hot Springs or the Log Cabin Resort on Lake Crescent. There is so much to do within the park and around the Olympic Peninsula, so check out the park’s WEBSITE for more info!
Phone: (360) 565-3130
Address: 600 East Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362-6798