Introducing Olympic National Park
Declared a national monument in 1909 and a national park in 1938, the 1406-sq-mile Olympic National Park shelters a unique rainforest, copious glaciated mountain peaks and a 57-mile strip of Pacific coastal wilderness that was added in 1953. Existing as one of North America’s last great wilderness areas, most of the park remains relatively untouched by human habitation with 1000-year-old cedar trees juxtaposed with pristine alpine meadows, clear glacial lakes and a largely roadless interior. Opportunities for independent exploration in this huge and remote backcountry region abound with visitors enjoying such diverse activities as hiking, fishing, kayaking and skiing.
Last updated: Mar 2, 2009
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