Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park : Michelin's recommendations
The 922,000-acre Olympic National Park was designated an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1976 and recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1981. The Olympic Forest Reserve, which included most of the forested land on the Olympic Peninsula, was established in 1897, later becoming Olympic National Forest. The park is noted for its natural beauty and remarkable variety of wilderness communities. Rising up from the center of the park are the craggy, glaciated peaks of the Olympic Mountains, with 7,965ft Mt. Olympus the highest summit. The Olympics' wet, western-facing valleys shelter one of the largest old-growth temperate rain forests in the Western Hemisphere. And the last primitive US coastal habitat outside Alaska unfurls along the park's Pacific coastline.The Olympics were formed some 12-30 million years ago by tectonic upthrust. Their glaciers feed 12 major rivers and 200 streams, and their slopes and valleys are covered by the largest intact stand of coniferous forest in the lower 48 states. Over 300 species of birds and 70 species of mammals live in the park. Though US-101 encircles the perimeter, with spur roads branching off to scenic highlights, there are no roads through the wild interior. Yet except for Hurricane Ridge, the major sights are normally accessible year-round.Once threatened with extinction, some 5,000 Roosevelt elk now roam the lowland forests and snowy mountain passes. Other mammals found here include black bears, cougars, bobcats, black-tailed deer, marmots, beavers and river otters. Steller sea lions, harbor seals, orcas, and gray, humpback and Minke whales inhabit or migrate along coastal waters.
- Address : 600 E. Park Ave. USA - Port Angeles WA 9836298362Port Angeles
- Phone : 3604520330
- Website : http://www.nps.gov/olym
- Prices : $10 / car, $5 / bicycle or on foot
Opening hours :
- Open year-round daily.