Exploring Olympic’s dynamic landscape is like visiting three parks in one. The high mountains offer snow, glaciers, wilderness and — if you time it right — acres of wildflowers. The lush, verdant Hoh Rainforest is unlike anything else in the Lower 48, and home to Roosevelt elk, black bears and other charismatic wildlife. And the park’s stunning coast offers some of the country's wildest and most spectacular beaches, dotted with tide pools and sea stacks. Visitors can now see where park staff recently removed two large dams, letting the Elwha River flow freely again for the first time in more than 100 years.
A Natural Rush
With its lush climate and its 12 feet of rainfall each year, Olympic is one of the best national parks for seeing waterfalls, from the tall and elegant Marymere Falls to the powerful, rushing Sol Duc Falls (shown here).
I'd bend over backwards to visit Olympic again! Sam and I first visited this park in October 2012, our first real vacation together. We loved the many eco-systems represented at Olympic (shout-out to Hoh Rainforest!). Animal highlights included a herd of elk and a mama bear with two cubs! Thank…
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