Exploring Olympic National Park - Washington

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Exploring Olympic National Park ( O.N. Park )


             Not a lot of places can brag about diverse forests and wildlife and rich human history, but Olympic National Park in Washington can do just that. O.N. Park spans approximately 3,700 sq km. The park covers coastlines, glacier-capped mountains, and temperate rainforests. There is definitely a lot to see and do here.   


 Image from traveldigg.com


         Conde Nast once wrote that the vast park is the only quiet place in the mainland and for a good reason too. For example, getting there by car usually means taking one of the calmer and less busy state roadways that will lead you to Hwy 101. 


You can also take the I-5 route from Olympia. If you’re from Tacoma, use State Route 16 to head to Bremerton and then State Route 3 until State Route 104. If you’re from Washington or Oregon, you need to take Hwy 101 in Aberdeen. Because O.N. Park is close to the coastline, there are several ports you can use to access it like Port Townsend, Kingston, and Bainbridge Island. By bus, you can take the Dungeness Bus Line from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.   


 Image from flickr


              There are a lot of places to explore in O.N. Park. If you prefer the coast, then, Pacific Coast is for you. You can walk along Kalaloch and Ruby Beach or take scenic drives to Mora and Rialto beach. Many travelers are often surprised finding such great beaches in Washington but it’s worth hiking it. 


Ruby Beach

 Image from pixabay


A traveler tip is to bring great shoes; you may need to wade into the water to see some of the more picturesque spots if the tide comes in.   


            The only temperate rainforests located in the mainland are in O.N. Park: Hoh Rain Forest, Queets, and Quinault. The hiking trails are easy to follow and you can enjoy the lush green scenery. In Hoh Rain Forest, you will find the hall of mosses where moss covers all of the vegetation.  


 Image from flickr


  Image from flickr


           Other spots that you should definitely visit are Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, and Elhwa River Valley. Depending on the season, you might still catch some snow or a lot of snow in Hurricane Ridge. It offers a great vantage point in seeing the. 


Lake Crescent also has a great scenic view that you can catch. Early morning drives when the fog descends into the lake are highly recommended by travelers who have described the entire experience as surreal.  


Lake Crescent

   Image from flickr


         Apart from hiking and wildlife viewing, you can also try out other activities in the park like boating, fishing, and camping. There are around 14 campgrounds in the park but only Kalaloch and Sol Duc accept reservations so it’s best to come in early. Another activity that you can do is tide pooling. As the tides go out, they usually leave clumps of marine life behind and you can see a lot of this marine life in Kalaloch Beach 4 and Mora’s Hole in the Wall. It is one of the unique activities along O.N. Park’s coastline.   


Kalaloch Beach

    Image from flickr


Go ahead and find time to explore the diversity of Olympic National Park. 



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( All images  found in google image search and I added images source with the website name.  These images are not mine. if there have any false details in this article , please accept my apologies  )


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Wow it looks amazing there! I'm sure that this park is worth a visit! The great thing about it is that there are a lot of activities that you can do - I personally would be very interested in tide pooling, it seems like you could stumble upon many interesting things! :) Thanks for sharing!

I have never seen the haven. But you have introduced haven on earth here with your photography. I am surprised to see your photography. That's are really fantastic. You have introduced like haven on the earth. Thaks for sharing.

Olympic is one park I have not visited yet and NEED to. My friends have been and brag to me all the time about it haha thanks for sharing as it reminded me of this beautiful place I have not been yet.

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This is what nature gives us ,beauty and magic.... A simple encouragement will make me feel good.
Thank you

My God, these photographs are taken from a magazine, they are really beautiful, that place is extraordinary transmits an impressive peace.

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Thank you . This credit will go to photographers of these images. But unfortunately I don't know who is this photographer.

Whoa, what a nice and awesome view you got there, thanks for sharing!

Lovely place. 😀

Post yang sanggat bagus ,dan pemandangan2 yang romantis

you have very beautiful photos, really want to visit those places

Photografi yang luar biasa indah sekali ,nice post

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A wonderful and very beautiful place! The combination of mountains, trails, forest and beach make it unique. I loved knowing a little about that place. Really a paradise!

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Great post @mydays.

Have you seen the 'More Than Just Parks' project? A while ago, they made an epic film about Olympic National Park. I posted it on my website:

https://www.adaptnetwork.com/a-visually-stunning-journey-through-olympic-national-park/

At first glance really impressive. But wait...all those pictures are from Google. So have you actually been there or are you just leeching off someone elses experience?

the first photo is very deep!