Olympic National Park guide

Plan your trip to the giant trees and gorgeous beaches of Washington

Top wow spots of Olympic National Park

From glacier-carved lakes to lush rain forests, here is a constellation of views that no other national park can match

Olympic is famous for spotting Roosevelt elk.
Valerie Henschel / Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau; olympicpeninsula.org

Roosevelt Elk

Olympic is famous for spotting Roosevelt elk. President Theodore Roosevelt, after whom the elk are named, designated the land a national monument in 1909 to protect the elk; it became a national park in 1938. Look for Olympic's legendary Roosevelt elk on Upper Hoh Road or on your way to the park from Forks, Washington (shown here on Bell Hill with a view Sequim, Washington).


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