Olympic National Park is truly a rare jewel of the United State. The Park is sometime referred to as ‘three parks in one’. It has different bioclimatic zones, high mountains, sub-alpine meadows, wild rainforest, deep rivers and scenic valleys. Its west side receives 135-inch of rainfall every year. The park is spread on huge land, around 1-million-acres of land no road crosses expanse and around 95% of land is labelled as wild area. Visitors come from several places to experience 116-miles of hiking trails.
About the National Park
The Olympic National Park is surrounded by saltwater on three sides. It is ecological land, where certain species are found like Piper bellflower and Olympic Marmot. The Park is also declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site, where it is protected by Biosphere reserve. The park is residence for several species of animal and types of trees. It is also home to Roosevelt elk, which are considered as a rare species around the world.
Elk plays an important role in protecting of the National Park. The area was declared as national park in the year 1938, under President Grover Cleveland who created the Olympic Forest Reserve in 1897. The President Theodore Roosevelt also played essential role in conserving the declining role of Elk.
According to the research, earliest inhabitant were hunters who gathered food for survival. Gradually, population of peninsula started growing which increased the dependability on forest, ocean and river. European arrived in late 18th-century, which also brought few diseases and resources. At present, there are 8-tribes which are associated inside the National Park. Today, the tribes also work closely with the National Park to protect the resources of the forest land.
How to Reach?
The main entrance and visitor centre is located in Port Angeles. From Seattle, visitor has to take the Washington State Ferry to the Bainbridge Island, then one has to drive toward North. 104- Wash will join the US 101 West. Nearest Airport are Olympia, Seattle, Port Angeles and Sequim.
When to Go?
Visitors can visit all-year round. Undoubtedly, Summer is hot and dry, but also be prepared for fog, temperature down or rain at any time. Winter Weekends are exciting and holiday packages will make one’s holiday truly thrilling.