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Olympic National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

1. Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on sunset cruise through the Seattle Harbor. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high spacious decks. Have the chance to purchase some delicious snacks and drinks while you sail. Hop aboard the schooner 'Bay Lady' and depart from Pier 66 on Seattle's waterfront. Feel the thrill of letting the wind decide the direction of the ship. Admire sights like the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and on clear days, see Mount Rainier's snowy peak. Let the sunset over the mountain ranges of the Puget Sound take your breath away. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar that serves a refreshing range of drinks like cider, beer, wine, champagne, soda, and water. 

Seattle: Olympic National Park Small-Group Tour

2. Seattle: Olympic National Park Small-Group Tour

Journey through Olympic National Park with an expert guide who knows the park inside and out. No two tours with Evergreen Escapes are exactly the same as our guides use varying factors such as weather, season, group interest, road conditions, and more to curate the perfect day for your group. Spend the day exploring the wonders hidden within this World Heritage Site! The Olympic Peninsula is home to a number of Northwest ecosystems. You'll find remote beaches littered with tide-scoured cedar logs alongside the country’s oldest forests and one of the state’s most dramatic mountain ranges. It's a true feast for the senses. The morning may start with a ferry ride through the waterways of Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island. Connect with the Olympic Peninsula via the Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal Bridge, or explore the southern route with a visit to a world-renowned wildlife refuge for a break to stretch our legs and enjoy a morning snack and coffee. Explore the glacially-carved Lake Crescent or emerald-green Lake Quinault. Flanked by trails full of history and mysterious tales, the placid shores and perfect placement in the midst of the undulating Olympic foothills serve as an instant source of relaxation. Hit the trails to experience the old-growth forests of Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock trees, venturing to the misty waterfalls or babbling creeks Depending on the day, drive up to Hurricane Ridge, a mountain citadel that puts you at the edge of the Park’s exceptionally jagged peaks. Take in a superb 360-degree view from the summit that encompasses the surrounding mountains, the Strait of Juan da Fuca, and the San Juan Islands. The open meadows are ideal for wildlife viewing – be on the lookout for Olympic marmots, black-tailed deer, and even black bears. Embark on guided nature walks or snowshoes to learn more about the sub-alpine ecosystems. On other days we may extend our journey out to the coast to visit the rocky, rugged beaches characteristic of the Pacific Northwest. Peek into the micro-ecosystems of the tidepools or gaze out into the expansive waters that define our region.

Port Angeles: Olympic National Park Driving Audio Tour

3. Port Angeles: Olympic National Park Driving Audio Tour

Discover the Olympic National Park on Washington's Olympic Peninsula with this insightful self-guided driving tour. Experience nature at your own pace and listen to commentary guiding you to picturesque highlights, including the Lake Crescent Viewpoint and the Elwha River Observation Area. Start by downloading the app, which functions as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Note: This 43+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Olympic National Park in 2-3 hours. Everyone listens together! Then begin your tour at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. From here, you’ll drive through the town of Port Angeles and out toward the most popular parts of the park. As you drive, you’ll hear about how this landscape formed, the early human inhabitants of the area, and what it took to turn it into a national park. Then you’ll come to the Elwha River Observation Area, offering spectacular views of the park’s most powerful river, the Elwha. This spot also offers a detour to a hiking trail leading to Madison Falls. Stroll along the accessible boardwalk trail, which ends with a sparkling waterfall. Continuing along the main route, you’ll learn about the dams that once blocked up the river and the huge impact this had on the ecosystem. Then you’ll pass Lake Sutherland, a picturesque glacial lake surrounded by summer cottages and vacation homes. From here, visit the larger Lake Crescent, a beautiful lake with some dark stories in its past, all of which you’ll hear as you cruise along the waterfront. Snap some stunning photos at the Lake Crescent Viewpoint. Beyond that, you’ll see Marymere Falls Trail, a short hike through an old-growth forest that ends with a 90-foot waterfall. Find the perfect spot for a break at the La Poel picnic area on the edge of Lake Crescent. Next, head to Sol Duc Valley, one of the park’s most iconic landscapes. This valley features ancient forests and mountain views. Pass the Salmon Cascades which in September is famous for the salmon run, where salmon jump out of the Sol Duc river ascending to calmer waters to spawn. Finally, you’ll arrive at the Sol Duc Falls Nature Trail, an easy but hugely rewarding hike through mossy, ancient groves. Finish the tour here, but if you want to keep the adventure going, you can boot up the bonus tour of Hurricane Ridge, or Hoh Rainforest and the coastal beaches.

From Seattle: Twilight Forks Washington Tour

4. From Seattle: Twilight Forks Washington Tour

Like Bella did, explore the wonder of the rainiest town in the contiguous United States. Discover the beaches and rain forests, and perhaps you'll spot a vampire or werewolf! There’s lots for Forks Washington Twilight fans to see year-round including The Collection of props and costumes used in the movies, stop by the chamber to get a picture with Bella’s trucks, and download and print a Twilight map to take a self-guided tour of Twilight stops throughout town. Discover the charm of Olympic National Park on this full-day trip. Starting with a ferry ride to the nearest Seattle island - BainBridge Welcome to our slice of Northwest hospitality and Olympic National Park charm!

Olympic National Park: Sol Duc and Hurricane Ridge Tour

5. Olympic National Park: Sol Duc and Hurricane Ridge Tour

Departing from our Port Angeles Tour Office, this 9 Hour Guided Tour begins with a scenic drive into the Elwha Valley and around Lake Crescent to reach the Sol Duc River Valley. At the Sol Duc, we will enjoy a two mile guided hike to Sol Duc Falls, one of Olympic National Park's most picturesque waterfalls. This hike features stunning views of the river canyon, a lush mossy forest floor, and towering Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock trees above us along well-maintained trails. After exploring the Sol Duc, our guests will wrap up the morning explorations at Lake Crescent, a stunning, glacier-carved lake that is outlined by beautiful mountains and is 624 feet deep. From the historic Lake Crescent Lodge, guests can enjoy time on trail hiking or enjoy the views from the well-positioned lodge. While passing through Port Angeles, our guests can purchase grab & go deli items, snacks, or coffee during our 15-20 minute scheduled stop. From Port Angeles, our van tour continues with a scenic drive from sea-level to 5,242 feet elevation atop Hurricane Ridge. Upon arrival, our guide will lead a guided hike along the subalpine nature trails to enjoy views of the meadows, peaks, and river valleys of the Olympic Mountains. After exploring the Ridge, our guide will make the 45 minute drive back down to Port Angeles to conclude the tour.

Olympic National Park: Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach Tour

6. Olympic National Park: Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach Tour

Visit one of the largest temperate rain forests in the USA and explore the Olympic Wilderness Coast on a 9 hour guided hiking tour. The tour begins with a scenic 2-hour van tour deep into the interior of the Hoh Rain Forest. Upon arrival, your naturalist hiking guide will lead a 2-mile hike through two scenic nature loops within the Hoh Rain Forest, identifying mosses, lichens, trees, while discussing the natural history of this ancient old-growth forest. We generally spend about two hours exploring the Hoh Rain Forest. On our drive to Rialto Beach, we will make a 15-20 minute scheduled stop in the small town of Forks, WA at a local grocery store. Guests can purchase grab & go deli items, snacks, coffee, or souvenirs during this stop. Upon arrival at Rialto Beach, we generally allocate time for a picnic lunch before trekking along the wilderness coastline. Rialto Beach highlights include a stunning coastline forest, towering sea stacks, and massive driftwood logs scattered along the beach. After an afternoon of Rialto Beach explorations, relax in the spacious van for a comfortable 1 hour 30-minute drive back to Port Angeles.

Olympic: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

7. Olympic: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you throughout Olympic National Park to not-to-be-missed points of interest, with fascinating stories, tips and directions along the way. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. Olympic National Park is a place of incredibly diverse landscapes, plant life, and animals, all conveniently located within a few hours of each other on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Major Highlights: Dungeness Spit Elwha Valley Lake Quinault and Rainforest Hoh Rainforest Hurricane Ridge Rialto Beach Ruby Beach Sol Duc Valley Includes: Olympic National Park Here, you can stand on a glacially carved mountaintop, splash your toes in the Pacific Ocean, and wander under some of the largest trees on the planet - all in the same day. And the park’s living things are just as exciting as the terrain. Sitka spruce, hemlock and western red cedar trees stretch hundreds of feet high, while huge ferns, mosses and lichens transform the understory into an emerald paradise. Animals as varied as black bears, sea otters, marmots, bald eagles, harbor seals, gray whales and salamanders make their homes here. And hundreds of miles of hiking trails criss-cross the park, letting visitors experience this one-of-a-kind place up close. People come to Olympic from all over the world to walk in alpine meadows, climb glaciers, watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, paddle crystal-clear lakes, see burbling waterfalls, peer into tidepools, and stroll under the canopy of giant trees. It’s an unforgettable destination, whether you have a day or a lifetime to explore it. The main route of the tour is Highway 101, which acts like a ring-road of the northern and western part of the park. There are several roads that side trip deeper into the park and you absolutely should take those spur roads. Hurricane Ridge takes you into the alpine; Hoh takes you into the rainforest; and Sol Duc takes you to hot springs. A circuit of Lake Quinault is highly recommended too. One of the most unique aspects to Olympic is that it also protects sometimes wild Pacific Beaches. Many are accessed directly from Highway 101, while Rialto Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach require a small detour.

Seattle And Olympic NP Self-Guided Audio Bundle Tour

8. Seattle And Olympic NP Self-Guided Audio Bundle Tour

Embark on a rich journey of discovery with the Action Tour Guide app, your all-in-one personal guide through Seattle and Olympic National Park. Begin in Seattle at the impressive Seattle Aquarium, immersing yourself in the vibrant aquatic life of Puget Sound. As you wander, you'll be captivated by tales of the Seattle Great Wheel, a pier turned bustling tourist attraction teeming with eateries and stores. Journeying on, uncover stories of Puget Sound, from the dwindling orca population to quirky tales that spark laughter. Your path then winds to Miner's Landing, echoing with ancient tales of the Coast Salish, who've called this land home for over a millennium. The footsteps of the Denny family, pioneers of modern Seattle, come alive alongside tales of Chief Si’ahl, a mediator between cultures, and the adventurous David “Doc” Maynard. The whimsical Ye Olde Curiosity Shop stands as a testament to Joseph Stanley's penchant for the peculiar, while the aroma from Ivar’s Fish Shop draws you into tales of the fierce fight to secure a railroad. As you stroll, the 1889 fire that shaped Seattle's destiny unfurls, paving the way for tales of the towering Smith Tower, steeped in lore and history. Pioneer Square stands proud as the pulsating heart of Seattle, where tales of logging magnates mingle with those of an Alaskan totem pole. Journey through time, experiencing the excitement of the Klondike Gold Rush and the rivalry of the World Fair. As the story unfolds, marvel at the rise of tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, while getting a taste of Seattle's coffee culture with Starbucks' transformative journey. The rhythm of grunge, personified by Nirvana, reverberates through the streets, leading you to the bustling Pike Place Market, where fish fly and stories come alive. From cityscape to pristine wilderness, Olympic National Park offers a stark contrast. Begin at the park's visitor center, where the natural and cultural stories lay a foundation for the adventure ahead. Wander through the dense Hoh Rainforest, its moss-laden trees whispering ancient secrets. The Elwha River sings songs of nature's resilience, while panoramic vistas from Hurricane Ridge showcase nature's grandeur. The Pacific's might is on full display at Rialto and Ruby Beaches, each wave a testament to nature's raw power. Journey through diverse ecosystems, from alpine meadows to temperate forests, each trail revealing a unique facet of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history of the native tribes, their symbiotic relationship with this land, weaves through your exploration, enriching your experience. Your adventure concludes amidst the verdant valleys and majestic peaks of the park, a fitting finale to a journey spanning urban charm and untamed nature.

From Seattle: Olympic National Park Full Day Tour

9. From Seattle: Olympic National Park Full Day Tour

Discover the charm of Olympic National Park on this full-day trip. Starting with a ferry ride to the nearest Seattle island - BainBridge and stopping on the way to Sequim for a Kenya like safari at Animal Farms .With brilliant blue waters , alpine scenery and abundant hiking trails, Lake Crescent glacial lake is the perfect wilderness escape. After admiring the views, enjoy through the ancient forests to another natural wonder—Marymere Falls. Welcome to our slice of Northwest hospitality and Olympic National Park charm!

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What people are saying about Olympic National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Our tour guide, Evan S, provided a truly outstanding experience exploring Olympic National Park. From hotel pickup to navigating Hurricane Ridge and Lake Crescent, he displayed exceptional knowledge, thoughtfulness, and warmth. His attention to detail, including providing snacks and a picnic lunch, was remarkable. His expertise and genuine care made the day unforgettable. I highly recommend Evan S for an exceptional and enriching tour experience. Thank you for an amazing day!

Martin is a great guide and I learned a lot from this trip. Having gone on trips with Evergreen Escapes two days in a row, I am happy to recommend them for tours in Washington state. Great and thoughtful service - extra care about the customer and assist with appropriate trip gear, tips and tricks throughout the trip.

Martin was the best tour guide of the many tours I’ve taken across the USA. Informed, intelligent, attentive, personable, talented as a driver, cook, and story teller. The scenery was breath taking. Tour and guide deserve the highest rating.

Thank you very much for such an interesting tour! The guide was very cool and told a lot of interesting things! I am impressed

Karen is an excellent tour guide. She knows the insight. Her panic food is super nice.