Before heading into Portland, Oregon for a break, we spent a week about five hours north in the Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula.
We had high expectations for Olympic. Since we moved into Montana and further west into the Pacific Northwest, various travelers kept telling us about the awesomeness of Olympic. The park did not disappoint, but Glacier National Park in Montana still holds our top spot.
Olympic offers a lot of diversity in terrain and ecology. In the five days we spent in the park, we visited the snow capped mountains on Hurricane Ridge, explored the washed up trees and black sands of the Pacific shoreline at Rialto Beach, walked the nature trails through the Hoh Rainforest, and jumped into both frigid mountain streams and hot natural springs at Sol Duc.
We missed more than we saw, and while Olympic doesn’t top our list of most beautiful parks to visit, it ranks right up there. I imagine one day I’ll be back to Olympic for backcountry backpacking or perhaps hiking the bay and ocean coastal trails.
Here are our photos from Olympic National Park, and soon I’ll share some tips if you are planning to visit or RV camp in Olympic.