Olympic National Park is located approximately two hours from Seattle on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. This vast park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, contains almost a million acres of diverse wilderness and distinct ecosystems, including subalpine forest, temperate rainforest and rugged Pacific coastline.
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Kalaloch Lodge, located in picturesque Olympic National Park, is surrounded by inspiring beauty. It is the ideal base from which to explore this stunning national park.
Here you will find majestic glacier-capped mountains, more than 60 miles of wild coast, translucent lakes, lush meadows exploding with wildflowers and the country’s finest temperate rainforest, home to one of the quietest places on Earth. Olympic National Park is a utopia for hikers, fishermen, skiers, outdoor enthusiasts, beachcombers and lovers of nature.
Hoh Rain Forest contains old-growth forest, fields of ferns, moss-covered trees and just as many shades of green as the Emerald Isle. This natural wonder, one of the wettest places in the contiguous United States, is a primordial paradise perfect for wandering. Other must-see sites in Olympic National Park include the easily accessible Hurricane Ridge, a popular hiking destination where you can also ski and snowboard; stunning Lake Crescent, a glacially carved lake that is ideal for kayaking and sailing; Sol Duc Valley, which is brimming with old-growth forest and lakes and houses the Sol Duc River and Sol Duc Falls, considered the most beautiful falls in the park; and Kalaloch Beach, a driftwood-dotted stretch of sand where forest meets the sea.
The best time to visit Olympic National Park is from late spring to early fall when the park’s landscape is most lush and the weather is the warmest. Keep in mind that Hoh Rain Forest receives several inches of rain throughout the year, with November the wettest month.