Olympic National Park


The coolest thing about Olympic NP is that it has 3 distinct ecosystems: a rainforest, the Pacific shore, and alpine forests/meadows.  We only had 2 nights here, which sucked.  I mean, it didn’t suck – it was amazing, but it wasn’t nearly enough time to see all the awesomeness Olympic has to offer. I loved it so much, I made the executive decision to blow off plans to go to Mt. Rainier to squeeze more time out of this incredible park.  Go ahead and add this to the list of places I want to return to (seems like I have to do this whole trip over again!).


  • Our campsite at Sol Duc Hot Springs – behind us was a ravine and we were surrounded by super tall, beautiful trees.
  • Hoh Rain Forest – we hiked the Hall of Mosses and Spruce Nature Trails.  So beautiful, impossible to describe in words.
  • Picnic on Ruby Beach – wine, cheese, apples, and of course, a magnificent sunset and the inevitable sunset silhouette photos
  • Hurricane Ridge hike – on a clear day (ours was a little hazy) you could see all the way to Victoria, Canada



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