Olympic National Park

Most of the park's attractions are found either off U.S. 101 or down trails that require hikes of 15 minutes or longer. The west-coast beaches are linked to the highway by downhill tracks; the number of cars parked alongside the road at the start of the paths indicates how crowded the beach will be.

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  • 1. Dungeness Spit

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Curving 5½ miles into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the longest natural sand spit in the United States is a wild, beautiful section of shoreline...Read More

  • 2. Hoh River Rain Forest


    South of Forks, an 18-mile spur road links Highway 101 with this unique temperate rain forest, where spruce and hemlock trees soar to heights...Read More

  • 3. Hurricane Ridge


    The panoramic view from this 5,200-foot-high ridge encompasses the Olympic range, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Vancouver Island. Guided tours...Read More

  • 4. Port Angeles Visitor Center to Hurricane Ridge


    The premier scenic drive in Olympic National Park is a steep ribbon of curves, which climbs from thickly forested foothills and subalpine meadows...Read More

  • 5. Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    Pick up park maps and pamphlets, permits, and activities lists in this busy, woodsy chalet; there's also a shop and exhibits on natural history...Read More

  • 6. Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    The upper level of this visitor center has exhibits and nice views; the lower level has a gift shop and snack bar. Guided walks and programs...Read More

  • 7. Jamestown S'Klallam Village


    This village on the beach near the mouth of the Dungeness River has been occupied by the S'Klallam tribe for thousands of years. The tribe,...Read More

  • 8. Junior Ranger Program


    Anyone can pick up the booklet at visitor centers and ranger stations and follow this fun program, which includes assignments to discover park...Read More

  • 9. Kalaloch


    With a lodge and restaurant, a huge campground, miles of coastline, and easy access from the highway, this is a popular spot. Keen-eyed beachcombers...Read More

  • 10. La Push


    At the mouth of Quileute River, La Push is the tribal center of the Quileute Indians. In fact, the town's name is a variation on the French...Read More

  • 11. Lake Crescent

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Visitors see Lake Crescent as Highway 101 winds along its southern shore, giving way to gorgeous views of teal waters rippling in a basin formed...Read More

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  • 12. Lake Ozette


    The third-largest glacial impoundment in Washington anchors the coastal strip of Olympic National Park at its north end. The small town of Ozette...Read More

  • 13. Lake Quinault

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    This glimmering lake, 4½ miles long and 300 feet deep, is the first landmark you'll reach when driving the west-side loop of U.S. 101. The rain...Read More

  • 14. NatureBridge

    Educational Institution

    This rustic educational facility offers talks and excursions focusing on park ecology and history. Trips range from canoe trips to camping excursions...Read More

  • 15. New Dungeness Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    At the end of the Dungeness Spit is the towering white 1857 New Dungeness Lighthouse; tours are available, though access is limited to those...Read More

  • 16. Olympic Discovery Trail


    Eventually, 126 miles of nonmotorized trail will lead from Port Townsend west to the Pacific coast. As of this writing, 69 miles of the paved...Read More

  • 17. Olympic National Park Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    This modern, well-organized facility, staffed by park rangers, provides everything: maps, trail brochures, campground advice, weather forecasts...Read More

  • 18. Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

    Arts/Performance Venue

    This small, sophisticated museum is inside the former home of late artist and publisher Esther Barrows Webster, one of Port Angeles's most energetic...Read More

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  • 19. Second and Third Beaches


    During low tide these flat, driftwood-strewn expanses are perfect for long afternoon strolls. Second Beach, accessed via an easy forest trail...Read More

  • 20. Sequim Bay State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Protected by a sand spit 4 miles southwest of Sequim on Sequim Bay, this 92-acre woodsy inlet park has picnic tables, campsites, hiking trails...Read More

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