A little-known secret about Washington State is even though we’re known for the rain, we have a variety of climates in our state. Eastern Washington has parts that are very dry and hot. The Cascade and Olympic Mountains provide plenty of snow during the winter, but did you know we even have a rainforest? Head out to the Olympic Peninsula to Olympic National Park. You’ll be able to see mountains, the ocean, and a rainforest. Here are 10 reasons to visit Olympic National Park!
During the spring, the wildflowers in Olympic National Park are some of the best in the state. I love the contrast of the purple and yellow flowers with the green forests in the background. You’ll see thousands of these as you drive on the roads leading into the mountains.
Visit a Rainforest
The Hoh Rain Forest is where you’ll want to head to experience this unique climate in the Pacific Northwest. It rains up to 170 inches per year here, and you’ll feel like you’re in a movie as you walk through all the moss-covered trees and ferns.
Stay on the Lake
You can easily see Olympic National Park in a day, but I recommend several to see the entire area. Book a stay at Lake Crescent Lodge, which may have one of the best views on the Olympic Peninsula. Can you imagine waking up to this view and having coffee in that chair?
Stop at Hurricane Ridge
This is one of the most popular places to visit in the Olympic National Park. It provides incredible views of the mountains and valleys below. I felt like I was in Austria with this view! It’s hard to believe this is only a few hours out of Seattle.
I saw so many deer when I was visiting the park. They’re used to people, so they got pretty close too. I know bears do live here, but I didn’t see any during my trip.
Swim in the Lake
I was surprised to see Lake Crescent in the middle of Olympic National Park. I hadn’t explored this far last time I came here and had no idea it existed. This part was pretty quiet, with only a few people coming by to take a dip. It was the perfect place to have a picnic.
After hiking for a bit, Marymere Falls was a pleasant sight to see. The mist that came off the waterfall cooled me off while I took pictures.
My favorite reason for coming to the Olympic National Park is all the hikes there are. You can do everything from easy to advanced hikes in this area. The official site for the park has a guide on everywhere you can go.
You’ll be so high up when hiking at places like Hurricane Ridge that you’ll be able to see Canada! It’s so close that my cell phone provider actually switched to ROGERS (a Canadian company) and I had to turn my data roaming off while I was hiking.
Stop at All the Viewpoints
I dare you to drive all the way to Olympic National Park without stopping at least half a dozen viewpoints. I loved seeing the fog over the valley in the early morning. Every time you think you’ve seen something amazing, you’ll turn a corner and see another view you have to stop for to take pictures.
If you’re visiting from out of town, you may not want to rent a car just to go here. Evergreen Escapes has you covered. They’ll pick you up from your hotel, drive you all the way up the peninsula, and drop you back off at your hotel at the end of the day. There couldn’t be an easier way to see Olympic National Park!
What’s your favorite national park?
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