Olympic National Park is located in northwestern Washington in the north central part of the Olympic Peninsula. The Park occupies the central portion of the Olympic Peninsula, as well as a narrow 63 mile strip of land along the peninsula’s Pacific Coast. The Olympic Peninsula itself comprises the northwestern most tip of the lower 48 United States, lying west of the Seattle / Tacoma area and Puget Sound.
All park destinations can be reached for U.S. Highway 101, which circumnavigates the Olympic Peninsula. From the Seattle/Tacoma area, travelers may reach U.S. 101 by several different routes, either by crossing the Sound on one of the Washington State Ferries or by driving south around Puget Sound. Visitors can explore the tide pools and rocky outcroppings along 73 miles of protected coastline, or head deep into the interior of the park, where it’s possible to ski along Hurricane Ridge in the winter, or camp in an old growth temperate rainforest in the summer.
Olympic National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although some roads, campgrounds and other visitor facilities close in winter. Emergency situations including flooding, blowdowns or wildland fire may also close areas temporarily.