A Guide to Washington’s Olympic National Park

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Olympic National Park is a beautiful national park located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. It has a total area of 1 million acres. Tours of Washington DC that include this place, generally take you through three unique ecosystems: temperate forest; subalpine forest and wildflower meadow; and the Pacific shore. Together, these unique ecosystems have their own magnificent wildlife, beautiful snow-capped peaks, rain forest valleys, and eye-catching scenery. This awesome place has also been proclaimed by the United Nations as a World Heritage site, as well as an international biosphere reserve.

History of the National Park

It was President Grover Cleveland who in 1897 created this awesome forest reserve. During 1938, the Congress signed a bill assigning an area of about 898,000 acres for the Olympic National Park. In 1940, President Roosevelt made an addition of 300 square miles of area to the national park. The total area was further increased by President Harry Truman in 1953, when he added about 75 miles of uncultivated land in the coastal area to the existing land area.

Visiting the Olympic National Park

The Olympic National Park is open throughout the year. However, the best time to visit it is in summer, as the park would be dry during that season. While you visit, always be prepared in advance for cool temperatures, rain, and fog.

Getting To the Park

If you are driving on U.S. Highway 101, you would be able to reach almost every spot inside the park. You can reach U.S. 101 through many routes from the I-5 corridor, and the greater Seattle area. Relay via Coho Ferry, which is accessible throughout the year. They provide ferry services between Port Angeles, British Columbia, and Victoria. You could get to a number of routes covering Puget Sound via the Washington State Ferry system; however, they don’t offer their ferry services to Port Angeles.

If you would like to get to the park by air, make use of the William R. Fairchild International Airport. This is the airport closest to the Olympic National Park. You would also be able to get rental cars from here. Another air transport option available here is the Kenmore Air; they offer seven round-trip flights each day between Port Angeles and Boeing Field in Seattle.

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