10 Must-Do Adventures in Olympic National Park

Whatever you decide to do on your adventure to Olympic National Park, you really can’t go wrong.

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A vacation to Olympic National Park provides endless opportunities for exploration. Immerse yourself in the emerald forest on a tour of the Quinalt Rainforest or go for a dip in one of the park’s picturesque and refreshing lakes. Spend the night camping under the stars or treat yourself to a long weekend in one of our beautiful lodging options like the rustic lakeside cabins. You’ve even got a chance to soak in some natural hot springs at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.

Check out some sample itineraries or explore this list of 10 of our favorite adventures around the park and book your trip today!

Photo: Garrett Schmidt

Take a night (or a few) to check out this campsite full of water activities and hikes. It’s the perfect opportunity to take a break from the city and spend time in nature.

Photo: Stephanie Windschill

A great short hike with an abundance of greenery and a chance to see some wildlife. The trail loops around, winding through the emerald trees covered in brilliant green moss and gorgeous maple leaves.

Photo: Michael Matti

Jump in the car, get up that windy road, and throw on your hiking boots. Here’s a chance to experience unforgettable views and spot some wildlife!

Photo: Zac Larson

Try out this challenging hike up to some of the most expansive views the park has to offer. Grab your hiking gear and get ready for some switchbacks and views.

Photo: Matt Williams

Talk about a total package. Hike your way to one of the 22 natural hot springs sprinkled throughout the area for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Photo: Eric Harris

If you’re looking for a cool dip in the water and some fun cliffs to jump from, check out this spot on the Elwha River. Crystal clear water with all kinds of blue and green tones will be waiting for you.

Photo: Nick Lake

Daring distance. Exciting elevation. Lookouts and lakes. Waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife. Find all of this in just a couple nights of backpacking! Check this adventure out for an all-encompassing wilderness experience.

Photo: Danielle Tourigny

If you’re looking for something a tad more magical and secluded, think about backpacking through this enchanted place. A bit of a longer trip is sure to leave you awestruck at what the forest has to offer.

Photo: Rose Freeman

Craving a water theme for your day adventures? Take a quick hike up to the falls then continue on through the trees so you can enjoy the lake and surrounding grassy meadows.  

Photo: Nick Lake

A great opportunity to backpack for a night or enjoy the trail for a day trip. You’ll get it all: a chance to wind through the forest, take a dip in the lake, and enjoy breathtaking views.

Discover more places to stay and things to do around Olympic National Park here


Cover photo: Garrett Schmidt

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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