Olympic National Park Geography & Ecology
Olympic National Park in Washington State is one of the most wondrous and diverse places in the Pacific Northwest. Its variety of ecological environments make it the ideal place for the outdoor lover to explore. Covering an incredible 922,650 acres of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, it is impossible to see everything in the park without spending a significant amount of time there The National Parks Service refers to Olympic National Park as “three parks in one” due to this diversity. The tree parts of the park are the Coastline, the Glaciated Mountains, and the Temperate Rainforest. These habitats are home to a vast and impressive variety of plants and animals, many of which can only be found on the Olympic Peninsula. These species include the Olympic Marmot, Piper’s bellflower, and Flett’s violet.
Olympic National Park ActivitiesOlympic National Park Visitors Centers make great starting and ending points for excursions, as well as providing visitors with information and resources. Other than day hiking and nature observation, climbing is popular in the park, as are fishing and auto tours. In the winter, the viewpoint called Hurricane Ridge affords amazing views of the park and in the winter becomes a popular spot for skiing and snowboarding. There is also a visitor’s center here, which is a good starting place for your trip.
Olympic National Park Accommodations
There are two Select Registry Properties to choose from near Olympic National Park, one on either side of the park’s borders. Whether you want to be across the canal from Seattle or on the Olympic Peninsula across from British Columbia, these three member properties each deliver an ideal Select Registry experience.
George Washington Inn in Port Angeles, Washington overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north and backs up to Olympic National Park to the south. From the Inn you may be able to spot the lights from Victoria, BC across the water. The Inn is modeled on George Washington’s home in Virginia and features luxury rooms with two person spa tubs and plush towels, rich cotton linens, and more.
Colette's Bed & Breakfast in Port Angeles, Washington is set on 10 beautiful acres, which includes enchanting gardens, towering cedars and lush evergreen forest. Choose from five luxurious oceanfront rooms for an unforgettable stay.
Willcox House Country Inn is located in Seabeck, WA on the Hood Canal between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. The Willcox House is a restored 1930s mansion which offers guests top quality accommodations as well as common rooms such as a game room and a theater. The Inn is also home to beautifully maintained gardens, perfect for strolling.
Photo courtesy Maurice King via Wikimedia Commons.