Olympic National Park is one of those rare places that offers a beach, a rainforest, and towering, snowcapped mountains, all relatively close to each other. It’s a stunningly diverse landscape, offering adventures and awe to anyone who visits.
Hurricane Ridge offers the best bang for your buck in terms of effort and views. You can drive from the ocean into the mountains in less than 40 minutes for gobsmacking views.
La Push Beach
One of the best places to watch the sunset on the Washington Coast. It’s truly magical.
Lake Crescent is a stunning lake with a lot of access points to go kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, or simply sit and enjoy the views.
Olympic Mountain Range
These mountains, especially in winter, tower above the low-lying hills, giving those in Seattle quite the morning wake-up!
Tree of Life
Somehow this tree keeps hanging on, even though gravity and erosion are working against it every day. At some point, the tree will collapse. Until then, go and see it!
A magical rainforest that sees over 10 feet of rain annually. In my opinion, the best time to view is after rain.
Shi Shi Beach
A mesmerizing beach tucked away near the top corner of Washington. It’s one of the least visited spots in the state.
The northwesternmost point in the Lower 48. The views are pretty cool, but not as great as I was expecting.
Strait of Juan De Fuca with Orcas
Going whale watching in Seattle or Washington will give you incredible opportunities. This one was amazing!
Willaby Creek Falls
A short little hike to a lovely green canyon. We had no idea this existed when we stumbled upon it and really enjoyed it!