Designated by UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site, Olympic consists of several distinct ecosystems. The over 70 miles of rugged and beautiful pacific coastline, the wild, magical forests, the glacier-capped mountains and the calm lakes, make for an almost impossibly diverse and wide range of natural beauty.
Olympic National Park History
In 1938, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt entrusted Olympic Park as a National Park initiative. In the mid-70s, Olympic was designated an International Biosphere Reserve and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. Its rugged, remote beauty is federally protected from commercial logging in its most remote parts, so visitors can expect a true deep-woods experience, as well as access to lakes, beaches, and waterfalls.
If you and your family are looking for a pristine, multi-terrain getaway that gives you access to deep, undisturbed rainforest, waterfalls and beaches, Olympic National Park will far exceed your expectations. Visitors tell us there’s so much to do and see, one trip is never enough — and typically, one visit turns into multiple-year returns for our Olympic visitors. Explore kayaking, lodging, fine dining, snowboarding and skiing, and more at Olympic National Park, all year round.
Points of Interest
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Olympic National Park is home to one of the United States’ largest natural rain forests. Ranging in elevation from around 1000 to 2500 feet, this protected national forest is home to stunning hike and bike trails for the adventurous traveler.
Sol Duc Falls
For those looking for a natural exploration, Sol Duc Falls doesn’t disappoint. Just a short, easy hike through the forest provides breathtaking natural views surrounded by stunning canopy treetops.
Hailed as one of Olympic National Park’s most “must-see attractions”, Hurricane Ridge is an absolute must for winter adventurers. The ridge itself offers almost year-round snow, and hiking, skiing, snowmobile and snowboard expeditions for the entire family and all fitness levels.
Those who visit Lake Crescent speak of its incredible depth and clarity, with crisp blue waters lapping peaceful shores. This lake is an ideal spot for hiking and camping recreation, with various desirable trails.