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Olympic National Park Itinerary & Tips for Planning Your Visit

Olympic National Park Itinerary & Tips for Planning Your Visit

Thinking of visiting Olympic National Park in Washington state in the USA, and wondering what to see and how to plan your time? In this guide, we share the Olympic NP itinerary for 1 to 3 days, tips for a longer visit, and practical information to help you make the most out of your trip. Find out!

From stunning coastlines of the Pacific Northwest to snow-capped mountains to a widespread temperate rainforest, there’s a reason why Olympic National Park is loved greatly by locals and visitors alike. It will come as no surprise that it’s in the top 10 of the most-visited national parks in the U.S.

With such a big variety in scenery, Olympic NP is also one of the most diverse national parks. It truly has something to offer to any kind of traveler!

Whether you have just a few days or an entire week to visit Olympic NP, you’ll find plenty of sights to fill your itinerary. In fact, it’s quite likely that you’ll start planning another trip back before you even leave…

But with so many nice places to visit, you may be wondering how to best plan your time. To help you do that, we share a suggested Olympic National Park itinerary for any trip duration including maps. That way, you can see the best places making the best use of the time that you have…

Good to know: This article is written by Kassidy of The Hiking Helper. An avid traveler, she has a goal of visiting all the National Parks in the U.S. Olympic National Park is one of her favorites and in this guide, she shares her experience-based tips to help you plan a perfect visit to this beautiful park.

   

Olympic National Park itinerary suggestions:

One Day in Olympic National Park

Because of how large the Olympic Peninsula is, it can be tough to see everything in just one day without rushing through it all. The ring road around Olympic National Park itself would take you over 6 hours to complete, without any stops.

So don’t try to see it all. Instead, concentrate on one area. We recommend the northern side of the park, close to Port Angeles, about 80 miles northwest of Seattle. If you start your day early, you can see some of the best attractions here, do a few short hikes, and still have plenty of time to spend at each place.

TIP: If you have just one day for Olympic NP and are coming from Seattle, you may want to look into booking an organized day tour. That way, you don’t have to worry about the long drive or where to go and can be sure to see some of the best sights in the most efficient way. This highly-rated small-group tour is one of the best day tours to Olympic NP from Seattle, and on Viator, you can find a few other options as well, including private tours.

Here’s how we recommend spending one day in Olympic National Park:

  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Hurricane Hill.
  • Lunch/ exploring in Port Angeles.
  • Marymere Falls.
  • Sol Duc Falls and Hot Springs OR sunset at Rialto Beach.

Good to know: To maximize the number of things you get to see with just one day in Olympic National Park, the 1-day itinerary only includes a few short hikes. If you have a bit more time and like to hike, consider adding on the longer hike to Mount Storm King. It’s particularly beautiful at sunset. Alternatively, you can also spend some time relaxing around Lake Crescent.

Below, you can see a map indicating all these places and find more information about visiting each of them.

How to Use This Map: Use your computer mouse (or fingers) to zoom in or out. Click on the icons to get more information about each place. Click the arrow on the left top corner for the index. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your Google Maps account. To view the saved map on your smartphone or PC, open Google Maps, click the menu button, and go to ‘Your Places’/’Maps’.

 

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Hurricane Hill

Before starting your day in Olympic NP, stop in at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center to learn about the park, grab a map, and use the restroom. The parking lot here fills up very quickly in the morning, so try to arrive early.

Just beyond the visitor center, you have epic views of the Olympic Mountains. If you are lucky, you may also spot wildlife such as deer and marmots, roaming the meadows.

Then continue just over a mile further up the road to reach the trailhead for the extremely popular Hurricane Hill Nature Trail. This is a paved 3.2-mile hike (1.6 miles each way) that is moderately challenging (+-700 ft elevation gain), but it’s something that most people can easily do.

Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll have amazing 360° views of the entire mountain range. In the summer, you can also see lots of wildflowers here. Here you can find more info about this area and the hike.

Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park, USA
View from Hurricane Hill – Photo Kassidy Olson/TheHikingHelper
 

Port Angeles

After visiting Hurricane Ridge, you’ll pass by Port Angeles on your way to the next few stops on this Olympic National Park itinerary. This small town is a good place to stop for some lunch along the way.

Enjoy lunch at the Next Door Gastropub or Barhop Brewing and Artisan Pizza before making your way back into the park for more exploring.

There are also some nice trails along the sea and in town, you’ll also find some small boutiques and gift shops where you can get some souvenirs. However, with just a day in Olympic National Park, don’t linger here too long.

Port Angeles City Pier, Olympic NP, USA
Port Angeles City Pier.
 

Marymere Falls

Next, we recommend stopping by at Marymere Falls. This is one of Olympic National Park’s best waterfalls. This 90-foot waterfall showcases the special ecosystem of the Olympic Peninsula with moss-laden trees and large ferns around it.

You can reach this waterfall via a short and easy 0.9-mile trail (less than 2 miles round-trip) through the temperate rainforest. You’ll know you’re close when you hear the falls and see a set of stairs leading to the upper viewpoint. You don’t even have to go all the way up for the nicest views.

Additional suggestions: If you have some extra time and the weather is really nice, you could consider an extra hike up to Mount Storm King here. This rather strenuous hike will take you about 3 hours in total, and there’s a section with some ropes and rocks towards the end, but it’s definitely doable. The views of Lake Crescent are absolutely worth it if you are up for it. You can find more info about this hike in the 2-day itinerary further below.

Alternatively, check out some of the beaches of Lake Crescent.

Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park
Marymere Falls.
 

Sol Duc Falls and Hot Springs

The final stop for your one day in Olympic National Park is at Sol Duc Falls, another of the most popular waterfalls on the peninsula. This waterfall tumbles into the river in three sections. From the wooden bridge that passes over Sol Duc Creek, you can enjoy nice views of the waterfall, and you can also walk around a bit more to see it from other angles.

To get here, you’ll have to hike a bit, but it’s a very flat and easy 0.8-mile trail (1.6 miles round-trip). It takes you through the old-growth forest and right to a roaring waterfall. This is one of the best short hikes in the park and one of the nicest easy trails in Washington state.

To end the day, head on over to the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and spend some time relaxing in the mineral hot springs soaking pools. Don’t forget your swimwear! Quick-drying travel towels and flip-flops will come in handy as well.

Alternatively, you could skip the Sol Duc area altogether and drive to Rialto Beach for sunset. You can find more information about this beach in the 2-day itinerary below. With just a day in this vast national park, you’ll have to make some tough choices.

Where to Stay

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is a beautiful option to spend a night in Olympic National Park. It includes access to the hot springs for all guests! However, this resort is only open from March to October, and availability is limited. Lake Crescent Lodge is another nice option, nestled right on the shores of the lake.

Alternatively, you’ll find many more (and more affordable) accommodation options in Port Angeles. One of the nicest places to stay here is Olympic Lodge by Ayres.

Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park, USA
Sol Duc Falls.
 

Two Days in Olympic National Park

As you can see, with just a day in Olympic National Park, you won’t be able to cover that much ground. So even if you can squeeze in just one more day in the Olympic Peninsula, it’s really worth it.

On the second day, you could see some of the Pacific Coastline by visiting a few of Olympic National Park’s best beaches.

Here’s a map indicating all the places mentioned in our 2-day itinerary below.

How to Use This Map: Use your computer mouse (or fingers) to zoom in or out. Click on the icons to get more information about each place. Click the arrow on the left top corner for the index. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your Google Maps account. To view the saved map on your smartphone or PC, open Google Maps, click the menu button, and go to ‘Your Places’/’Maps’.

 

Here’s a recommended itinerary for two days in Olympic National Park:

Day One

With a bit more time in the park, you can adjust the day-one itinerary a bit by adding the hike to Mount Storm King and/or some time to relax at Lake Crescent. You can then visit Sol Duc Falls and the Hot Springs on day two.

This is what your first day in the park could look like:

  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Hurricane Hill.
  • Lunch in Port Angeles.
  • Marymere Falls.
  • Mount Storm King Hike.
  • Relax at Lake Crescent.

You can read about the first three places high above, and here’s a bit more info about the Mount Storm King hike and Lake Crescent.

Mount Storm King

After following the same itinerary for a one-day trip, head to the Mount Storm King trailhead, which is conveniently shared with the Marymere Falls trailhead. These two trails share the first 0.5 miles so you can easily pair them together. You can find more info and a map of this trail here.

The hike up to the Mount Storm King lookout is strenuous and has a lot of elevation gain. But once you’ve reached the top, you’ll have an incredible view overlooking Lake Crescent. It almost feels like you’re in Norway, surrounded by fjords on all sides.

Good to know: There is one section on this hike that requires you to use ropes connected to trees to climb the steep and slippery slope, so bring a pair of work gloves along. Also, we only recommend this hike if the weather is nice and the views are open.

Mount Storm King view on Lake Crescent - Olympic National Park
Mount Storm King view on Lake Crescent – Photo Kassidy Olson/TheHikingHelper
 

Lake Crescent

Next, spend some time relaxing at Lake Crescent, and letting your legs rest after that tough hike up to Mount Storm King.

You can just find a nice beach or sit on the pier, looking out into the chilly waters surrounded by mountains. Or, you can rent a paddleboard, kayak, or canoe to take out into the water and explore the area in a different way.

Good to know: You’ll find kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes for rent at Lake Crescent Lodge. On the other side of the lake, Log Cabin Resort also offers kayak rentals.

Kayaks at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park, PNW, USA
Kayaks at Lake Crescent.
 

Day Two

With an extra day in Olympic National Park, you can push Sol Duc Falls and Hot Springs back and visit these places on the second day. In the afternoon, you can spend a little bit of time driving through the forest and making your way over to the Pacific Coast for some of the nicest beaches.

Here’s what your second day could look like:

  • Sol Duc Falls and Hot Springs.
  • Forks, WA.
  • Rialto Beach & Hole-in-the-Wall.
  • Kalaloch Beach and the Tree of Life.

Forks

After relaxing in the hot springs and seeing the falls, make your way over to the small town of Forks, Washington.

You may recognize the name or the town, as it was the inspiration for many of the scenes in the popular book and movie series, Twilight. Although no filming was actually done here, the author used many places for ideas. If you are a fan, be sure to stop by the Forks Visitor Center where you can get maps and more info on all the Twilight sites you can visit in the area.

You could also spend some time wandering through the Forks Timber Museum, which highlights the history of logging in the area. Alternatively, check out John’s Beachcombing Museum, which showcases items that have washed ashore locally and from other places in the world.

Grab some lunch at Pacific Pizza or Sully’s Drive-In, before continuing further.

Forks, WA, welcome sign
Forks, WA, welcome sign – Photo sepavone/Depositphotos.com
 

Rialto Beach & Hole-In-The-Wall

Next, it’s time to head to the Pacific Ocean. First stop – Rialto Beach, one of Olympic National Park’s most popular beaches. (See also the featured image at the top of this guide.)

This beautiful area has large sea stacks just offshore which makes for some nice pictures. Plus, there is driftwood all over the beach, which makes for a great place to sit down and listen to the sounds of the water splashing on the shore. This area is also stunning at sunrise and at sunset!

TIP: Head out for one of the most unique coastal hikes, which leads you along the ocean shoreline to Hole-In-The-Wall. This is a natural arch that peers right out into the ocean.

The hike starts at Rialto Beach and is 3.3-miles roundtrip. It’s a really nice and not too strenuous coastal walk. On the way, you have to cross an ankle-deep stream at Ellen Creek and there might be some driftwood and slippery rocks on your path, so be sure to wear waterproof hiking shoes.

Good to know: The opening of the arch can only be reached at low tide, so be sure to check a tide chart if you want to be able to walk through it. It’s also easier to hike here around low tide. But even if you can’t get all the way up to the Hole in the Wall, it’s still worth it.

Hole-In-The-Wall in Olympic National Park
Hole-In-The-Wall
 

Kalaloch Beach and the Tree of Life

To end your day, head just a bit further south along the coast to Kalaloch Beach, which is home to the Tree of Life.

This tree is really unique and is a mystery for many people. It dangles off of a ledge near the ocean, with its roots exposed and seemingly having no soil to help it thrive. Somehow the Tree of Life has survived massive storms that the coast has seen, and has become a popular attraction for visitors.

Where to Stay

TIP: Because Olympic National Park is so large, it’s best to book a different hotel each night depending on your exact itinerary and overall travel plans.

On the first night of this 2-day Olympic NP itinerary, you could stay in the Lake Crescent/ Port Angeles area (see accommodations here).

Kalaloch Lodge is the perfect place for night two, offering oceanfront lodging and a short walk to the beach and Tree of Life. Alternatively, Hoh Valley Cabins is also a well-located lodging in this area.

Tree of Life on Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington, USA
Tree of Life.
 

3 DAYs Olympic National Park Itinerary

If you are just starting to plan your trip to Olympic National Park and are flexible, we recommend planning at least three days for a visit. This will allow you to explore different areas of the park and get a much better appreciation for how diverse it really is.

The 3-day Olympic National Park itinerary gives you an opportunity to see all the magical features of the Olympic Peninsula including the ocean, rainforest, and mountain ranges without having to rush through everything.

To help you plan your trip, here’s a map indicating all the places mentioned in our 3-day itinerary below.

How to Use This Map: Use your computer mouse (or fingers) to zoom in or out. Click on the icons to get more information about each place. Click the arrow on the left top corner for the index. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your Google Maps account. To view the saved map on your smartphone or PC, open Google Maps, click the menu button, and go to ‘Your Places’/’Maps’.

 

Here are our recommendations for a three-day itinerary in Olympic National Park:

Day One

  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Hurricane Hill.
  • Lunch in Port Angeles.
  • Marymere Falls.
  • Mount Storm King.
  • Relax at Lake Crescent.

Day Two

  • Sol Duc Falls and Hot Springs.
  • Cape Flattery (pack a picnic lunch).
  • Forks, WA.
  • Rialto Beach and Hole-in-The-Wall.

With three days in Olympic National Park, you can plan your time a bit differently and potentially add a visit to Cape Flattery to your itinerary as well. This is the northwesternmost point of the contiguous USA.

Cape Flattery is located in the northwestern corner of the Olympic Peninsula and is not part of the Olympic National Park. It’s also a bit out of the way from everything else, but this area is really nice. If you’d like to see it, the best time to go here would be on day 2 of this itinerary. In that case, leave Kalaloch Beach for day three, and visit Cape Flattery before driving to Forks. You could then visit Rialto Beach around sunset.

For more details on the first two days, see the itineraries above, and add Cape Flattery if interested. Below, you can find our suggestions for the third day in Olympic NP.

Cape Flattery, Olympic Peninsula, USA
Cape Flattery.
 

Day Three

With three days in Olympic National Park, you can explore a bit deeper and head into perhaps the most unique part of Washington, temperate rainforests. For many people, this area is the main reason to visit Olympic National Park.

However, it’s a bit further away from everything else and so it can be more tricky to get to without driving for hours each day. That’s why we only include this part of the park in the longer itineraries. But it all really depends on your own preferences and where you are traveling from/to. You could also come here if you have less time in the park – just be more selective about which places you absolutely want to see.

Here’s what your third day could look like:

  • Hoh Rainforest and the Hall of Mosses
  • Ruby Beach.
  • Kalaloch Beach/ Tree of Life.
  • Quinault Rainforest.
 

Hoh Rainforest and the Hall of Mosses

The temperate rainforests are among the most impressive parts of Olympic National Park. There’s just something so picturesque and mysterious about bright green moss draped over trees and huge ferns covering the forest floor.

Good to know: Hoh Rainforest is an extremely popular area of the park and gets quite busy, especially during the summer months. So try to arrive at the visitor center as early as possible.

At the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, you can learn about the forest and the wildlife that calls it home, such as the banana slugs. But the best way to appreciate it all is to head out for a short hike, of course.

There are many short and longer hiking trails in this area. So depending on how much time you want to spend here, you’ll find plenty of options. The nicest short hike is the Hall of Mosses, a 0.8-mile loop trail that leads you through the forest. Along the way, you’ll also find some informational signs.

Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park
Hoh Rainforest – Photo Kassidy Olson/TheHikingHelper
 

Ruby Beach

After exploring Hoh Rainforest, return back to the coast and make a stop at Ruby Beach. This is another of the most beautiful and very popular beaches to see in Olympic National Park.

There’s not really a specific hike or a landmark to visit here. Ruby Beach is simply a nice place to just take a stroll and look out for wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you may get lucky to spot whales, sea lions, or sea otters out in the ocean.

Also here, there are some interesting rock stacks in the sea and tidal pools to explore. There is usually lots of driftwood on the beach too, so you can find plenty of interesting photo opportunities. It’s also a great spot to bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing lunch.

Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach.
 

Kalaloch Beach – Tree of Life

As you drive further down the coast, be sure to stop at Kalaloch Beach to see the Tree of Life (see also our two-day itinerary above). Afterward, continue southeast to visit another rainforest.

Quinault Rainforest

Many people who visit Olympic National Park are unaware that there is a second rainforest within the park beside the popular Hoh. It’s located further south and is called the Quinault Rainforest. Also here, you can see some very impressive huge trees, mosses, and other foliage.

A nice way to explore this area is by driving the Quinault Rainforest Loop Drive. Along the way, be sure to stop at World’s Largest Sitka Spruce and Merriman Falls.

Depending on how much time you have, you may also want to stop at Lake Quinault and spend some time relaxing around the lake.

This area is a nice place to make a stop before making your way back toward Seattle. And otherwise, see what makes the most sense for you depending on where you are heading next.

Where to Stay

The Hoh Valley Cabins nestled right in the Hoh Rainforest is a great place to stay on your second night. if you are staying in the park on the third night too, the historic Lake Quinault Lodge could be an excellent option as well. It really depends on your overall travel plans too.

Quinault Rainforest, Olympic National Park
Quinault Rainforest – Photo Kassidy Olson/TheHikingHelper
 

If You Have Extra Time…

If you have more time to spend in Olympic National Park, that’s great because there is truly so much more to see and do!

Here are a few additional suggestions for activities to add to your Olympic itinerary to make even more out of your trip. You can find all of these indicated on the map of the 3-day itinerary, under “additional suggestions”.

  • Obstruction Point Road. This beautiful dirt road winds through the mountains and gives you unique views of the Olympic range, all from the comfort of your car.
  • La Push Beaches. There are so many great beaches in Olympic National Park, and the La Push area has many, including First Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach, each of which has its own stretch of shoreline to wander.
  • Mount Ellinor: This strenuous 6.2-mile trail leads you up the southernmost prominence on the eastern part of the Olympic Mountain range. It’s a tough but beautiful trail that boasts 360-degree views of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Cushman, and Puget Sound.
  • Enchanted Valley. A popular way to backpack through Olympic National Park is to do the Enchanted Valley trail. This 27-miles roundtrip hike leads to a historic chalet in the middle of the mountains.
Mountain scenery at Olympic National Park in Washington, USA
Mountain scenery at Olympic National Park – Photo Kassidy Olson/TheHikingHelper
 

When to Visit Olympic National Park

Because it’s so diverse, Olympic National Park is a great place to visit year-round.

However, if you’re looking for the best time to explore all areas with a good chance for nice weather and fewer crowds, I would plan to visit in the late spring or in the early fall. In late spring, the rainforest is very moist and has a lot of bright green colors. Plus, the crowds are lower and the temperatures are starting to warm up from the winter months. Early fall has cooler weather and fewer crowds, plus you can see some fall foliage as well.

The weather is warmer and many hiking trails are at their best in the summer, but you’ll also experience a lot of crowds. So if you are visiting Olympic NP in the summer, you’ll need to plan extra time to wait in lines to enter the park, get up at the crack of dawn to find a parking spot at the most popular places, and book your accommodations far in advance.

During winter, lower-elevation areas don’t get much snow, so you can find some snow-free hiking. In fact, the park features some of Washington’s best winter hikes. However, most hikes higher in the mountains will be inaccessible and some facilities will be closed. At Hurricane Ridge, you can go skiing and snowboarding.

Olympic National Park in the fall
Olympic National Park in the fall.
 

How Much Time You Need

Olympic National Park is a massive area, covering almost 1,500 square miles. It’s nearly impossible to get a glimpse of all the nicest areas in just a day or two. So if you can, plan at least three days here, one for each area (mountains, coast, rainforest).

On the other hand, you can still see many amazing places in just a day or two. So if your time is limited, don’t try to see it all, but concentrate on the places that interest you the most and make the best of it!

Something really important to consider is that the park is huge. So a lot of your time will be spent driving to get to the destinations and – in high season – also looking for parking, etc. I realize that it’s tempting to see ‘everything’, but remember that often less is more. So you’ll likely enjoy your visit much more if you concentrate on just a few areas and don’t have to rush from one place to the other all the time.

As already mentioned, if you only have 1 day in the park, it’s worth considering a guided tour. You can leave all the practical aspects of trip planning, driving, and parking to someone else and just enjoy the sights.

Olympic National Park sign
Olympic National Park sign.
 

Where to Eat

We included some suggestions on where to eat in Olympic National Park in our detailed itineraries above and you can also see some suggestions below. However, everything really depends on your itinerary and especially where you’ll be around lunchtime.

So if sightseeing is more important to you than food and you want to make the most of your time in Olympic National Park, consider packing a picnic lunch. This will save you a lot of time during the day and you’ll have so much more flexibility.

  • In Port Angeles, you can find some delicious pub food and drinks at Next Door Gastropub.
  • At the Lake Crescent Lodge, you have beautiful views while you enjoy lunch or dinner of classic Pacific Northwest cuisine.
  • In Forks, Sully’s Drive-In is a fun little stop, offering their famous “Bella Burger,” named after none other than Bella from Twilight. Or make a stop at the Westend Taproom Sip And Tip for craft beer and cider. 
Olympic National Park Ruby Beach
There are many nice beaches and picnic areas in Olympic National Park. You can always find a nice picnic spot!
 

Where to Stay

Good to know: Book your accommodations far ahead of time to ensure that you get the ones that you want, as they are popular and will book fast! This is especially the case if you are visiting Olympic NP in the warmest months.

Because the park is so big, choosing just one place to stay in Olympic National Park is somewhat difficult. Depending on where you stay and what you want to see and do, you’ll have to do a lot of extra driving each day.

TIP: If you want to stay in just one central location for most of the best areas of Olympic National Park, then check out the lodging around Forks. There are some very nice options here, but availability is very limited, so book asap. Staying here can give you a nice head-start for some of the most popular places, before day trippers arrive.

If you want to make the most of your short visit, it might be better to stay somewhere else every night. Here are a few recommendations for places to stay throughout the park:

  • The northern part of the park:
    • Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is a nice option here, also because it includes access to the hot springs (or you can just visit as a guest too).
  • Closer to the beaches:
    • Kalaloch Lodge is just minutes from the Tree of Life and has beautiful views of the ocean from the lodge windows.
  • Rainforest, but also not too far from the beaches:
    • Hoh Valley Cabins are located quite centrally for the rainforest and the beaches, and could also work for the northern side of the park.
  • The southern part of the park:
    • Lake Quinault Lodge is a nice historic lodge in a beautiful location at the southern end of Olympic National Park.

If you prefer camping, there are multiple campgrounds spread throughout the park. The Hoh, Kalaloch, Mora, and Fairholme all accept reservations during the peak season, while many others are first-come, first-served. You can find all the information about camping and campsites on the official NPS website.

Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Park, USA
Lake Quinault Lodge – Photo brianloganphoto/Depositphotos.com
 

Practical Tips for Visiting Olympic National Park

And finally, here are some practical tips that you may want to know when planning a trip to Olympic National Park:

  • Park closures: It’s always possible that some roads or areas in the park get closed for some reason (the weather, construction, etc.). So be sure to check the official site for the up-to-date situation.
  • Arrive early. Parking lots fill up fast, especially in the peak season. So try to arrive at the park as early as possible and also foresee some extra time in case you have to wait for a parking spot here or there.
  • Download offline maps. Service comes and goes within the park and is not really reliable. So be sure to download trail maps or whatever information you need in advance.
  • Pack a rain jacket and comfortable shoes. Pacific Northwest can get rain at any time of the year, so always carry a rain jacket. Depending on when you visit and what you plan to do, be sure to wear appropriate shoes. Waterproof hiking boots can be very useful here.
  • Fill up on gas. Olympic National Park is very large and there are some stretches of road that have no gas stations for miles, so be sure to keep your tank full.
  • Pack a picnic and plenty of drinking water. That way, you have more flexibility during the day.
  • Accommodations. Once again, book your hotels and resorts well in advance as they tend to fill up quickly, especially in peak season.
 

Have a great trip!

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Itinerary and tips for planning a trip to Olympic National Park, PNW, USA
Olympic National Park travel itinerary (Washington, USA)
 

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