Olympic National Park's true distinction lies in its stunning diversity. Few places on earth have so much of everything: human and natural history, unusual flora and fauna, utter wilderness, and spots for every kind of outdoor recreation.

The park divides neatly into three major areas—the glaciered mountains and highcountry of the interior; the lush rainforest of the west-facing valleys; and the rugged wilderness coastline. It's a landscape that renders a quick visit nearly impossible. Since no road cuts all the way through the vast interior of the peninsula, the park remains a vast and subtle wilderness, suffused with a primordial and mystical spirit.

Magnificent waterfalls, wide alpine meadows sparkling with avalanche lilies, larkspur, and Indian paintbrush, eerie moss-bearded forests dripping with fog, and cliff-lined beaches await today's adventurous explorer, just as they awaited native peoples thousands of years ago.

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Family Review of Olympic National Park

Away Travel Expert: Emily Kaufman
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FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Be realistic about hiking mileage when with kids; these hikes are under 1 mile: Mini Trail, Hall of Mosses Trail, Maple Glade Trail, Quinault Big Cedar Trail
  • You need a license to fish for salmon or steelhead
  • Try a ranger-led snowshoe hike in winter!

Highway 101
Seattle, Washington
Parking: Daily 24 hours

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 1 360 565 3131
Email: olym_olympic_park_vc@nps.gov
Neighborhood: Olympic Peninsula
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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