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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park, situated at the northwest section of Washington state, spans nearly one million acres. With more than 500 miles of trails, it offers an almost unlimited potential for backcountry activities, group hikes and nature exploration.

Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park.

Although the Olympic Peninsula is best known for its unusual rain forest ecosystem, the park actually has five diverse landscape settings. They range from beachfront to the spectacular alpine scenery of the Olympic Mountains. Mount Olympus, which crowns 7,965 feet (2,438 meters), is the park's tallest mountain. Visitors also should not miss a trip to the Hoh Rain Forest, with its larger-than-usual trees and temperate jungle atmosphere.

There are more than 15 campgrounds in the park, ranging from semi-primitive facilities to campgrounds with flush toilets and RV-accessible sites. Camping fees vary according to the amenities provided and the size of the camping party. Kalaloch Lodge, located at the west end of the park, offers exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean.

Backcountry camping is available for visitors who plan to hike more than a half-mile into the wilderness. Some areas have handicap-accessible trails and exhibits, such as Hurricane Ridge, Meadow Loop and Hurricane Hill.

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park.

Nearby Cities and Towns

For those who prefer to mix their day hikes with the comfortable accommodations, dining and shopping amenities of a town, there are several towns and small communities near the park.

Port Townsend, Port Angeles and Sequim are situated at the north end of the park.

Brinnon, Hoodsport, Lilliwaup, Potlatch, Quilcene and Union are on the east side of the park along the Hood Canal.

South of the park are the towns of Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Olympia and Shelton. They are easily reached via Interstate-5.

La Push and Neah Bay, northwest of the park, are on Quileute and Makah tribal lands. Both towns offer lodging to park visitors.

You can locate these towns by clicking here to open the Olympic National Park map in a new browser window.

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