Olympic National Park
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DescriptionWe have some bad news that we're very sorry to have to tell you. Even though you look really great in your blow-up arm floaties as you try to breaststroke across the kiddie pool, you're probably never going to win a gold medal at the Olympics. But Michael Phelps isn't the only one who gets to have Olympic fun. While you may not win any Olympic medals, you can get the "Olympic" experience at Olympic National Park in Washington. With three major ecosystems, each with something equally brilliant to offer, it's hard to decide which area of the park gets the gold medal in awesomeness. The interior is stunning with sky-scraping glaciered mountains. The west-facing valleys are home to lush rainforests and the coastline takes the cake for rugged wilderness. One you've spent a single day exploring natural waterfalls and hot springs, thriving rainforests, quiet lakes, and picture-perfect beaches, it'll be clear to you that Olympic National Park is just as precious as gold.
Perfection in Nature09/23/13
Less active participants can still enjoy the beauty from the car or the easy hikes that are provided. There are also multiple areas of this park other than the mountain trails. They have a rainforest as well as a beach adding to why this park is perfect for every traveler. Also enjoyable is the town Port Angeles located just outside of the park.
Nonetheless this is not a destination to miss!
Mountains, and Rain Forests, and Ocean, oh my!09/23/13
If you have a few days, hop in your car and drive to Port Angeles. From there, you can "head to the top" along the hurricane ridge road and get a stunning view of Mt. Olympus. There are plenty of short hiking/walking trails from there for you to really get away from it all. Once you're done, hop back in the car and head towards the coast for an easy walk to Shi Shi beach, where you'll see some of the most unique sea-spires on the west coast. Finish off your trip with a stroll through the Hoh rainforest where you'll see huge old growth trees, a possible glimpse of the Roosevelt elk heard, and yes, maybe even some rain.
Beauty for the Nature Enthusiast08/22/13
If you have time for a side trip, not too far away is Neah Bay which is on the Makah Indian reservation. The bay is stunning and if you follow an off the beaten path trail you'll discover Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the continental U.S. From the small outlook deck you'll see sea caves, Tatoosh Island's lighthouse and an array of marine wildlife.
If you are visiting Olympic National Park, you will probably pass through Seattle - another destination on Jauntaroo.
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Seattle/Tacoma International Airport [SEA]