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 rain forest, copious glaciated mountain peaks and a 57-mile strip of Pacific coastal wilderness that was added in 1953. 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 backcountry region abound, be it hiking, fishing, kayaking or skiing. The park's distinct and highly biodiverse ecosystem is rich in plant and animal life, much of it – such as the majestic Roosevelt elk – indigenous to the region. Boasting 17 large, car-accessible campgrounds and 95 backcountry campgrounds, overnight excursions in the park are both easy and rewarding.
Olympic National Park destination guides
Top 10 US National Parks travel experiences
The moment you roll up to a national park kiosk you feel it. You're entering someplace special. Maybe it's the mountain air or the smell of trees. Most likely it's because you're about to see something big. Something indescribable. A canyon so deep you can see two billion years of geological history in its walls.
Small-Group Olympic National Park Tour from Seattle
Become one with the Pacific Northwest's amazing outdoors on this full-day, small-group tour of Olympic National Park, famed for its unprecedented beauty, abundant wildlife and some of the United States' oldest forests. The small-group tour is conducted in a luxury Mercedes van, and light breakfast and gourmet picnic lunch are included.
Seattle Shore Excursion: Small-Group Olympic National Park Tour
While docked in Seattle, set out on an adventure through the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest on this shore excursion. On this full-day, small-group tour of Olympic National Park, famed for its unprecedented beauty, view the region’s abundant wildlife and trek through some of the United States' oldest forests.
Twilight tourism in the Pacific Northwest
The town was quiet. Tour buses with curly, girly lettering on the side advertising Twilight tours were parked, idle and empty, in the gas station parking lot. We had come to the Olympic Peninsula for nature, for the deep green forests and the beach-log-lined swaths of grey-gold sand.