Olympic National Park Tour from Seattle

Seattle Day Tour: Olympic National Park

It’s rugged. It’s massive. It’s gorgeous.
Unplug and explore the wild Northwest in Olympic National Park.

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Though this 1,100 sq. mile National Park would take a lifetime to explore, we dive deep into some of the park’s highlights on this day trip. Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World-Heritage Site remarkable for its ecological diversity and expansive wilderness. This naturalist-guided tour takes you across Puget Sound by ferry to the northeast part of the Olympic Peninsula, where you’ll explore the moss-draped forests, azure lakes, and striking mountains that define the region.

Visit Hurricane Ridge to watch deer graze in the meadows, listen to the distinct shrill of a marmot, smell the intoxicating perfume of a summer wildflower field, or feel the snow crunch beneath your feet on a winter snowshoe. Continue west to the glacially-carved Lake Crescent, where you’ll explore the fern-filled forests that line its shores, venturing to Marymere Falls. Throughout the day your guide will chronicle how Olympic’s rugged isolation has produced such diverse and distinct ecosystems.

On days when weather closes access to Hurricane Ridge we may visit the tidepools on the North Coast or spend more ambling through forests and gravel flats of key salmon habitat in the Elwha Valley. Throughout the tour your guide will mix fascinating insights with opportunities for solitude as you come to appreciate Olympic National Park’s unique beauty. We’ll bring lots of food, coffee, tea and local wine!

Our small group Olympic National Park Day Tour is $239 per person before WA State Tax.  We’ll pick you up from your downtown hotel, AirBNB or rental!

We also offer beautiful private trips–give us a call or send us a note to find out more.

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TIMING

7:30 am to 7:30 pm
We visit Olympic N.P. year-round.

We’ll text/call you the day before your trip to schedule your pickup!  See more about pick-up & drop-off below.

GROUP SIZE

Our small group tours from Seattle accommodate a maximum of ten travelers.

We’ll use a Mercedes Sprinter van or new Ford Transit to get around!

PRICE

$239 per person before 10.1% WA State tax.

Private trips are available – see details below.  Give us a call or send us a note to find out more.

INCLUSIONS

We have the best guides in the Pacific Northwest.  They’ll bring plenty of food and drink, pay all entrance fees, and bring any gear you might need (like snowshoes).  More info on what’s included below!

Olympic National Park Tour Details

Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at your downtown accommodations (hotel, AirBNB, rental, etc.).

A local, TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' naturalist guide. We guarantee you'll love your trip leader!

No additional charges during your day. We cover everything you'll need during our tours (meals, drinks, entrance fees, permits, ferry charges, wine tasting fees, fuel, etc.).

⭐ Sleep in a little - we'll bring a light breakfast generally including French-pressed local coffee (roasted by Herkimer), tea, bakery, fruit.

A gorgeous local picnic. We even bring linens, plates, silverware, and wine glasses to set up lunch somewhere lovely. Our offerings change frequently/seasonally - but often includes chicken, green salads, grain or pasta salads, dessert. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions - we can accommodate most needs if we're aware of them prior to 24 hours of your tour start.

Local wine with lunch.

Plenty of readily available snacks, water, La Croix sparkling water, and more throughout the day.

Comfortable transportation in brand new Ford Transit vans or Mercedes Sprinter vans. Most of our vehicles are built for 15 people - we only open ten seats per trip to leave plenty of space.

⭐ We provide any gear needed (like snowshoes for Mt. Rainier or Olympic National Parks in the winter).

⭐ Additional warm clothing is available upon request.

7:00a - Downtown pick-ups begin.

7:30a - Downtown pick-ups end.

7:55a - Ferry departs Seattle. We'll likely press coffee, make tea, and have a light breakfast on the ferry with a water view. Restrooms available on the ferry.

8:30a - Ferry arrives on Bainbridge Island.

From here, the course of your day can go so many ways. Your guide will combine group preferences, weather considerations, mixed ecosystems and highlights, crowd avoidance, and more to create a lovely day. No two trips are the same!

10:00a - Arrive in Port Angeles, WA. From here your guide will likely decide to head up to Hurricane Ridge first or continue west to the Lake Crescent area. In this itinerary we'll make the alpine our primary goal, enter the National Park in Port Angeles, and drive up to famed Hurricane Ridge.

10:30a - Arrive at Hurricane Ridge. Head to the visitor's center to use the restroom and prepare for an alpine walk before lunch. Likely walk length is one to three miles. After a walk browse interpretive info, photograph flowers (or snow), get your Park's passport stamped, or find a quick gift for a loved one back home while your guide sets up lunch. If the weather is decent you'll enjoy a meal outdoors. In winter, we'll likely opt for a comfortable spot inside if the weather is snowy or cold.

1:15p - We'll set off down the mountain - destined for another walkabout or two at lower elevations in other sections of the park (like the Elwha River Valley, Salt Creek, or Lake Crescent). All told, you might walk two to four miles in the afternoon (depending on your other activities).

4:00p - Around 4:00 we'll start to head for the ferry.

6:15p - Bainbridge ferry begins loading.

6:30p - Ferry departs Bainbridge Island for downtown Seattle. Grab your cameras!

7:15p - We'll drop travelers off where we found them (or another preferred spot nearby).

Approximate Pick-up Start time: 7:00a

Downtown Pick-up End time: 7:30a

Generally, our last pickup each tour occurs at the Hotel Monaco in Seattle. This isn't always the case - so check with us - but we consider it a default location for anyone staying outside of downtown. Let our team know where you're staying and we'll do everything we can to make your pickup as easy as possible.

Other considerations: We're happy to offer several centralized pickup options en route to the National Park upon request. On our Olympic tour we can offer pick-ups at:

Seaside Station, Bainbridge Island. 220 Olympic Dr SE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

Olympic Lodge, Port Angeles.140 S Del Guzzi Dr, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Are you looking to make your Olympic National Park adventure even more intimate and comfortable? We offer beautiful private tours led by the Northwest's best field educators.

Prices below are before WA Sales Tax (10.1%). To inquire about private trip dates, give us a call!

1 person: $1250/person

2 people: $675/person

3 people: $483.33/person

4 people: $387.50/person

5 people: $330/person

6 people: $291.67/person

7 people: $264.29/person

8 people: $243.75/person

9 people: $227.78/person

10 people: $215/person

11 people: $204.55/person

12 people: $195.83/person

Please contact us for groups larger than 12 travelers for a custom quote. Groups larger than 12 generally require a second van, second guide, etc.

Explore diverse & stunning environments on foot: old-growth trees, bubbling springs, high lakes, rivers, valleys, glaciers, and (in the summer) flower-strewn mountain meadows. Don’t forget your sturdy shoes!

Savor a fresh, local, family-style lunch with local wines (included with tour price). We’ll also bring local coffee to press, tea, a light breakfast, and plenty of water and sparkling water for the day! Don’t worry about a thing…

Journey to Hurricane Ridge to take in views of the Salish Sea, wildflowers in the late summer, massive snowfalls in the winter and a visitors center wrapped by jagged mountain peaks.

Watch for Black-tail deer, Roosevelt elk, black bears, Hoary marmot, Water Oozels, and more

Feel the cool mist of Marymere Falls or other waterfalls as they tumble over rocky cliffs

Learn about the natural history of Olympic National Park and marvel at its diversity!

Olympic National Park Tour – Traveler Testimonials

Here is what recent travelers have said about our Olympic National Park trips:

Our tour guide, Sean, to Olympic National Park, was excellent!! Walking encyclopedia. He picked us up from a downtown hotel & a short ride to the ferry downtown where he drove the van on. Light breakfast and hot beverages on the ferry and info on the plan for the day. Ferry ride is 30 minutes. 1 1/2 hour drive to the park then view stops (saw a bald eagle) and hurricane ridge where we walked up a somewhat steep trail to the top (saw marmots) Beautiful! Note: water is provided in a reusable bottle that you can fill through out the day. Off to Elwha valley to Madison Falls and a picnic lunch outside that was delicious! Wine is also offered. Even my picky 20 year old had grilled chicken to eat. Drove to Lake Crescent and an old growth forest that looks like Jurassic park with lichen covered huge trees and big ferns. Lots of bathroom breaks along the way and time to change based on the weather. Snacks also provided. Cookies after Crescent lake and a 2 hour drive back to the ferry. Sean’s enthusiasm was appreciated and it was great to see him be as excited as we were to see the animals and views. Sean even let us pick blackberries while we waited for the ferry. Sean was nice enough to drop us wherever we wanted downtown at the end of the tour. 12 hour day and we saw and did so much. Definitely worth doing!!!

-Pamela S. (TripAdvisor Review)
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If only I could give it 6 stars! Grandparents and two teenagers (13 & 15) set off on our private adventure with Sean! Every part of the trip was choreographed perfectly and well-planned for an excellent day on tour. His kindness to the “kids” was awesome responding to their spontaneous ideas of…let’s go find a farm with barns to photograph, food stops for hungry teenagers and the last-minute kayaking on Lake Crescent. His knowledge of all aspects of the peninsula was impressive. A great role model for the teens of how to be well-educated and enjoy your job experiences. The spectacular riverside lunch was delicious- my favorite. The office coordinator, Halee, arranged our tour and all staff were very attentive and understanding of our personal needs.

-Samantha F. (TripAdvisor Review)
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These trips were booked by our agent on our honeymoon in Seattle and they were excellent. Both guides on these trips (Mt. Rainier & Olympic National Parks) were knowledgeable of the local area and wildlife and each group was 8-10 in size so no one was left out. Coffee stops mid-morning on the journeys and lunch included were a welcome addition as were the cookies in the bus on the way home. When we moved to Portland we used Evergreen Escapes (as they have a team in Portland) again for a Columbia wine trip including hiking to find waterfalls. Highly recommended!

-David W. (TripAdvisor Review)
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We took Evergreen Escapes day trip to Olympic National Park from Seattle. Everything about the day was fantastic! The tour guide picked us up from our hotel in Seattle early in the morning and took our group straight to the ferry to Bainbridge Island. On the ferry, a light breakfast was provided along with some background knowledge of the park. Our time at the park included time in Hurricane Ridge, a hike up Hurricane Hill (beautiful views he whole way), a lunch stop right next to the Elwha River, and time at Cresent Lake. The Hoh Rainforest is too far to include on this trip, but we felt like we had seen a great mix of the beautiful things found at the park. Lunch included a variety of chicken and salads, all served with a tablecloth and silverware at a picnic table in the shade. Our guide, Sean, was top notch. He has a lot of experience with the park having worked there in the past, so he knew so much about the park. He was also incredibly friendly and was a wonderful host for the day. We can not recommend this tour enough if you want a day trip to Olympic. It is such a beautiful place!

-Tazi1221 (TripAdvisor Review)
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