Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety. A day's exploration can take you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools. Nestled in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient forests left in the country. Olympic is like three magical parks in one. Take some time to explore its many faces!
We have mostly visited the park at Hurricane Ridge. There's is something to explore, for all levels of interest and ages which is what makes us love it so much. In the summer, you can explore short hikes across around the ridge and see beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains and the Sound to the north. In the winter, since we aren't skiers, we love to go up there for their tubing and sledding hills. Our girls (5 and 7) love it.
Ken and Alicia Lund
Despite being relatively close to Seattle, this park is still not as well known as some of the more prominent parks--but it is certainly as spectacular. Well worth the visit, this park offers a wide variety of landscapes, including the mountains of the Olympic Range, beautiful mountain lakes, rain forests, and superlative coastal scenery. Abundant and unique wildlife. Highly recommend. It is a large park--it will be a day or more to visit even just the highlights.
Great place to hike. A couple of friends and I went up to the Blue Glacier and it was a hundred percent worth it. Amazing views and great weather in August. Gotta love WA.
Our family likes to head up to Hurricane Ridge to play in the snow. There is a fee to enter the National Park. The road can be icy, and it's required to have chains in your car (we've only put them on a few times). The parking lot can get full, so getting there early is a good idea. The lodge has ski, snowboard, and snowshoe rentals. We bring up sleds and snowshoes and go on a little snowshoeing hike and then sled for a bit. There's a kid's sledding hill that is free, and varies from year to year. We usually rent a couple tubes for an hour ($10/hour). The tubing hill is almost twice the size as it was last year. An hour is plenty, hiking back up the hill gets tiring. If you hit the mountain on a clear day after a snow storm you'll feel like you are walking in a winter wonderland!
Take a Hike
One of the most amazing national parks in America. It has 3 types of landscapes or areas. It has a beach section, a rainforest (yes I said rain forest, I believe one of the only if not the only one in America), and a mountainous area. Lots of wildlife. I could write about it for 10 pages and still not convey how amazing this place is.