Olympic National Park Sights

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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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.

NatureBridge

  • Tour–Sight

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

Olympic National Park Visitor Center

  • Information Center

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

Port Angeles Visitor Center to Hurricane Ridge

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

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

Second and Third Beaches

  • Beach–Sight

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

Sol Duc

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Sol Duc Valley is one of those magical places where all the Northwest's virtues seem at hand: lush lowland forests, sparkling river scenes,...

South Shore Quinault Ranger Station

  • Information Center

The National Forest Service's ranger station near the Lake Quinault Lodge has maps, campground information, and program listings. ...

Staircase

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Unlike the forests of the park's south and west sides, Douglas fir is the dominant tree on the east slope of the Olympic Mountains. Fire...

Timber Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The museum highlights Forks' logging history since the 1870s; a garden and fire tower are also on the grounds. ...

Wilderness Information Center (WIC)

  • Information Center

Located behind Olympic National Park Visitor Center, this facility provides all the information you'll need for a trip in the park, including...

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