Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

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VISIT Olympic National Park:

Olympic National Park is a large and diverse national park located located on the Olympic Peninsula, which is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound.

Olympic National Park is known for its diverse landscape, with a variety of ecosystems, including temperate rainforests (Hoh and Sol Duc Falls are the two most popular spots), alpine meadows, and coastline. The park is home to a variety of plant and animal life, including Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, and elk. It is also home to a number of rare and endangered plant and animal species, including the Olympic marmot and the Pacific giant salamander.

The park is a popular destination for hiking, with a network of trails that lead through the park’s many forests, mountains, and waterways. It is also a popular destination for camping and backpacking, with a number of campgrounds and backcountry campsites available. The park is also home to a number of beautiful beaches, which are popular for beachcombing and tidepooling.

Park Details

Olympic National Park was established on March 2, 1909, and has a total area of 922,650 acres (1,442 square miles, or 3,735 square kilometers).

Address Olympic National Park Visitor Center, Port Angeles, WA, 98362
Phone360 565-3130
HoursOpen all year, 24-hours a day
Entrance Fee$30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Olympic National Park is the 32nd most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Olympic National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Olympic National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Olympic National Park are July, August, September & February.

Park Visits74,96275,915116,64992,336110,700216,260534,345795,063334,522182,884103,80281,487
Avg Temp323436414751585955453530
Max Temp424549576467727169604740
Avg Temp232325293438434341342723
Min Temp101116202531353632231510
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Olympic National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Olympic National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
4-Day Olympic National Park Loop Trip3904
Visit Olympic National Park from Seattle in One Day2761
The Seattle Area Ski Trip4417
Olympic, Mount Rainier to Mount St. Helens3967

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Olympic National Park.

San Juan Island National Historical Park41 mi
Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve41 mi
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve61 mi
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve74 mi
Mount Rainier National Park112 mi
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park128 mi
North Cascades National Park132 mi
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site167 mi
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area177 mi
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area244 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Olympic National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Altaire - Olympic National ParkPort Angeles, WA more 5 miles
Heart O The Hills - Olympic National ParkPort Angeles, WA more 6 miles
Elwha - Olympic National ParkPort Angeles, WA more 6 miles
Deer Park - Olympic National ParkSequim, WA more 11 miles
Salt Creek County Rec AreaPort Angeles, WA more 16 miles
Sol Duc - Olympic National ParkPort Angeles, WA more 16 miles
Dungeness ForksWA more 18 miles
Dungeness Rec AreaSequim, WA more 19 miles
Lyre River- State ForestPort Angeles, WA more 20 miles
Fairholm - Olympic National ParkPort Angeles, WA more 20 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Olympic National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Hurricane RidgePort Angeles, WA5,500 ft46%0 mi
Mt. BakerDeming, WA5,000 ft47%96 mi
Grouse MountainNorth Vancouver, BC4,100 ft42%98 mi
Cypress MountainWest Vancouver North, BC4,751 ft65%99 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Olympic National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Olympic National Park.

Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSEASeattle, WA66 mi
Vancouver International AirportYVRVancouver, BC86 mi
Portland International AirportPDXPortland, OR170 mi
Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB476 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Olympic National Park.

William R Fairchild International AirportCLMPort Angeles, WA10 mi
Victoria International AirportYYJVictoria, BC47 mi
Snohomish County (Paine Field) AirportPAEEverett, WA56 mi
Boeing Field King County International AirportBFISeattle, WA63 mi
Bellingham International AirportBLIBellingham, WA72 mi
Nanaimo AirportYCDNanaimo, BC77 mi
Abbotsford International AirportYXXAbbotsford, BC90 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.

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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.