Olympic National Park Road Trip: 3 Days 373 Miles

~Carmen

If you have been reading the blog, you know that we have been chronicling our epic road trip around the Olympic National Park in Washington State.  If you want to see a variety of biomes and landforms, this road trip is for you!  From rainforests to mountain ridges, this national park road trip has it all.  In just three days, you can see and experience the highlights of this million-acre  park.  In this post I will give you an overall summary of how all three days would look all together. Click on the highlighted links to get details about each leg of the road trip and the itinerary.  Combine this road trip with San Juan Island Road Trip for an epic Washington State adventure!


Olympic National National Park: 3 Days-372 Miles

Olympic National Park Road Trip: 3 Days 373 Miles

Olympic National Park Road Trip: 3 Days-372 Miles

Day 1- Hurricane Ridge (177 miles)

See detailed itinerary and photographs here.

The first leg of the road trip starts in Olympia, Washington.  From there you travel past lavender farms, up to Hurricane Ridge, and end the day at the pristine Lake Crescent.

Olympic National Park: Hurricane Ridge

Day 1 of Olympic National Park Road Trip (177 miles)

  1. Lavender Farms at Sequim, Washington
  2. Hurricane Ridge
  3. Marymere Falls
  4. Lake Crescent
Olympic National Park Road Trip: 3 Days 373 Miles

Day 1- Hurricane Ridge

 

Day 2- Wild Coastline (77 miles)

See detailed itinerary and photographs here.

Day two starts out with a short hike to some of the most lush old-growth forests that seem almost magical.  With waterfalls and cool, quiet hikes, you can’t help but feel like fairies are around every corner!  After a brief stop in Forks, Washington (for Twilight fans), you’ll end the day in La Push, Washington where sunsets along Washington’s rugged Pacific coastline are a photographer’s paradise!

Olympic National Park Road Trip: Wild Coastline

Day 2 of Olympic National Park Road Trip (77 miles)

  1. Sol Duc Falls
  2. Forks, Washington
  3. Third, Second, & First Beach (La Push, Washington)
Olympic National Park Road Trip: 3 Days 373 Miles

Day 2- Wild Coastline

 

Day 3- Hoh Rain Forest (120 miles)

See detailed itinerary and photographs here.

The last leg inside beautiful Olympic National Park starts and ends in temperate rainforests.  In between is the famous Ruby Beach.  Camping is available in the rain forests and near the beach!

Olympic National Park: Hoh Rain Forest

Day 3 of Olympic National Park Road Trip (120 miles)

  1. Hoh Rain Forest
  2. Ruby Beach
  3. Quinalt Rain Forest
Olympic National Park Road Trip: 3 Days 373 Miles

Day 3- Hoh Rain Forest

 

To finish off the road trip, you can drive to the sea harbor town of Aberdeen, Washington for a supper of fresh seafood and a well deserved long night’s sleep in one of the many bed and breakfast inns.  Or maybe you want a few more moments of beach time.  Ocean Shores, Washington is less than two hours away!  However you decide to end a road trip through Olympic National Park, you can’t go wrong.

So have you been to Washington or want to visit?  Please share by commenting below!  

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~ Carmen

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