Olympic National Park

(360) 565-3130


Olympic National Park is situated on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and is home to the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side. This is a fantastic park for exploring rivers, lakes and the coast. You can hike, climb, boat, go tide pooling, enjoy starry nights while camping, watch deer, elk, mountain goats and bear, bird watch, and whale watch. In the winter months you can ski or snow shoe. There is even a rainforest to visit, The Hoh, one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States, and one of the park’s most popular destinations.


U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt created Mount Olympus National Monument on 2 March 1909. It was established as a National Park by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 29, 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park became an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 it was designated a World Heritage Site. In 1988, Congress designated 95 percent of the park as the Olympic Wilderness.


Location & Local Communities: Olympic National Park is accessible by car, bus and ferry. About 2½- 3 hours from Seattle, the main park gateway communities include Port Angeles (approx. 7 miles), Hoodsport (approx. 15 miles), Aberdeen (approx. 50 miles), Olympia (approx. 51 miles), Port Townsend (approx. 60 miles), Kingston (approx. 70 miles) and Tacoma (approx. 80 miles).

For more information call (360) 565-3130 or visit www.NPS.gov/olym

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