Visit Olympic National Park Near Sequim This Summer

Visit Olympic National park near Sequim

Olympic National Park on the beautiful Olympic peninsula is one of the most unassuming national parks yet is filled with epic views, incredible biodiversity, and unique experiences not found in many other places in the world! The park highlights the diverse environments found across the Olympic Peninsula such as mountains, forests, and the ocean. The stunning landscape encompasses nearly a million acres of largely wilderness land.

There are many places to explore the different ecosystems here. On your next trip out to the Olympic peninsula be sure to stop in the Visitor Center in Port Angeles where rangers can answer any questions you may have and will point you in the right direction to start your adventure here!

While you are out on the Olympic Peninsula let our Sequim Lodging be your peaceful and tranquil getaway! We offer cozy and comfortable cottages perfect for relaxing time away. Our waterfront cottages sit near the calm waters of Dungeness Bay with access to your own private beach. We are situated with a wildlife refuge in front of us and acres of quiet pastureland behind for the ultimate feeling of seclusion. You’ll enjoy the panoramic views of our bay as well as of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If you want the perfect place for an escape to the Olympic Peninsula this season, book your stay with us today!

Visit Olympic National Park near Sequim

Visit Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is an impressive place where you can walk through a rainforest, see incredible mountain views, and stand next to the Pacific Ocean all within the same park! People from all over the world come here to walk through green, moss-covered forests, see an incredible sunset at the ocean, or hike to an alpine lake. Much of the Olympic National Park is located just minutes from Sequim and our Olympic Peninsula accommodations. Here are our favorite places to visit in Olympic National Park!

  1. One of the best viewpoints to see the impressive Olympic Mountains in Olympic National Park is with a drive up to Hurricane Ridge. At nearly a mile high this breathtaking spot is a great place to see many of the mountains and valleys from above. Here there is a visitor center with exhibits and a warming area. Get a snack at the deli, a souvenir at the gift shop, and soak in the mountain view from the outdoor patio. There are paths to explore around the visitor center area or if you want a more significant hike head out to the Hurricane Hill area where you will see hillsides filled with sub-alpine wildflowers and 360-degree views at the top.
  2. If you are looking for a great place for a day hike in Olympic National Park, check out the Obstruction Point Road trailhead area. The drive, which starts from the Hurricane Hill parking lot, is not for the faint of heart but is beautiful and is an impressive road that takes you closer into the mountains here. There are trails that start from the end of the road here and you’ll have many options to choose from. Head out to Grand Pass that will take you past alpine lakes to a mountain pass with spectacular views. Badger Valley is known for its display of wildflowers in alpine meadows. Grand Lake and Moose Lake are not to be missed if you are here.
  3. The Hoh Rainforest is the most iconic part of Olympic National Park with its Bigleaf Maple trees that are draped in vibrant green moss. This temperate rainforest receives about 140 inches of rain per year! The lush forest here is made up of mosses, lichens, ferns, Bigleaf Maple trees, and conifers. It has largely been unchanged for thousands of years. It has been named a world heritage site and a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Stop by the visitor center for any information and ranger programs offered.
  4. The 624 feet deep, glacier-carved Lake Crescent is a must-see destination in Olympic National Park. The crystal clear waters of this almost 10-mile long lake is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The lake is outlined by forested mountains and offers hiking trails, viewpoints, and other points of interest like the historic Lake Crescent Lodge. Here you can get your heart pumping with a hike up Mt. Storm King with an incredible birds-eye view of the lake at the top. Other trails in the lake area include the Spruce Railroad Trail, Pyramid Peak, and Barnes Creek Trail to Marymere Falls.
  5. Head out to the coast section of Olympic National Park and prepare to be amazed! The rugged beauty of the Washington coastline is unmatched and at Rialto Beach, you can easily access this incredible natural playground. Here there are towering sea stacks, a pebble-filled beach, and driftwood logs that make for spectacular scenery. Hike down the beach to hole-in-the-wall during a low tide to witness this impressive geology. This is a great place for some sunset watching before heading back to our lodging.
  6. The largest watershed in Olympic National Park is the Elwha Valley and an ideal place if you are looking for some river time. You’ll find the entrance to the Elwha at the end of the Olympic Hot Springs Road, just west of Port Angeles. Here you can hike through old-growth forests, and up to the site of a former dam that was taken out in 2012. This was the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Before the dams were put in, the Elwha was known for its impressive salmon returns.

Visit Olympic National Park near Sequim

The Perfect Sequim Lodging

After a day of adventure in Olympic National Park, you’ll need a comfortable, cozy, and relaxing place to unwind after seeing such magnificent sights! At our waterfront lodging, you’ll feel as if you are at your own private beach cottage complete with a full kitchen or kitchenette, sitting area, a private beach to unwind at, and much more! Curl up under the stars at your fire pit, enjoy a meal outside on picnic tables, or get cozy inside with a good book or simply look out your picture window for bald eagles soaring above the water. If you want the best place for the perfect getaway to the Olympic Peninsula, book your stay with us today!

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