Photo taken by H.S. Cooper ©

Photo taken by H.S. Cooper © MT OLYMPUS
Olympic mountain range with Mount Olympus

Olympic National Park in the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington is one of those places you should put on your Must-see List.  And the first thing I recommend you do when you arrive is to purchase an Olympic National Park Annual Pass (unless you have an America the Beautiful Pass) for $30. It may seem pricey, but vehicle admission to various entrances is $15. So if you plan to explore the park over a week, this will save you money. And the pass is good for a year… so you’ll have an excuse to return!

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Photo taken by H.S. Cooper ©HURRICANE RIDGE VIEW
View from Hurricane Ridge – look off into the horizon. I won’t tell you what/where it is! 😉

The main visitor’s center is located in Port Angeles, where you’ll find the Hurricane Ridge entrance. I took the photo above at Hurricane Ridge, overlooking the North. The photo below is of the Olympic Mountain Range. It is a long drive up Hurricane Ridge. So if you aren’t planning on camping there… it may want to just drive your tow.

Another entrance is at Sol Duc. This is a great hike to the falls… appropriately named Sol Duc Falls. 😉 I loved hiking through the old growth forest to get to the falls.

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Photo taken by H.S. Cooper ©SOL DUC FALLS
The hike to Sol Duc Falls is amazing, but very slippery! Be careful and use a walking pole or hiking stick.

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Photo taken by H.S. Cooper ©MARYMERE FALLS
Marymere Falls is another popular hike in Olympic NP.

Another part of the park we enjoyed was the Hoh Rainforest. But there are other areas of the park to explore as well that are equally amazing. 🙂

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Photo taken by H.S. Cooper ©HOH RAIN FOREST
Hoh Rain Forest – some of the largest rainfall amounts in the cont. US. Ironically, we go on a day without rain!

More information available at: http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm

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