Unplug and explore must-see Olympic National Park. Though this 1500 square mile UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve would take a lifetime to uncover, we dive deep into some of the National Park’s natural highlights on this all-inclusive day tour. Join a few other travelers (each tour is ten people or fewer) and an award-winning guide.
Olympic National Park is remarkable for its ecological diversity and expansive wilderness. Cross the 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, marvel at a summer field of delicate wildflowers, or feel the snow crunch beneath your feet on a winter snowshoe. Witness the rebirth of the mighty Elwha river after the largest dam removal project in American history. Continue west to the glacially-carved Lake Crescent, where you’ll explore the fern-filled forests that line its shores, venturing to Marymere Falls.
Sleep in a little – we’re bringing a light breakfast of baked goods, local coffee, and tea. Don’t waste daylight waiting in line at a busy lunch counter – we’ll bring a fresh, local, family-style lunch with local wines. Enjoy snacks and drinks throughout the tour. Basically, don’t worry about a thing!
If you’re staying in downtown Seattle (hotel, Airbnb, etc.), we’ll pick you up! We will text/call you the day before your tour to confirm your exact pickup timing.
7:00-7:30a Downtown Pickups
Hotel Monaco is considered our default location for anyone staying outside of downtown. This isn’t always the case, so someone on our team will confirm your pick-up location and time with you the day before your tour departure. 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 if you’re staying outside of Seattle: 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.
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 at Bainbridge Island
From here, we’re continuing northwest across the Kitsap Peninsula and Hood Canal before arriving on the Olympic Peninsula.
Once we’re on the peninsula, 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!
10a Arrive in Port Angeles
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 Hurricane Ridge
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. When the weather is nice, 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 Mountain Rivers, Clear Lakes, Wild Tides
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).
4p Head Back to Ferry
6:30p Ferry Departs Bainbridge Island for Seattle
Grab your cameras!
7:15p Downtown Seattle Drop Offs
We’ll drop travelers off where we found them (or another preferred spot nearby).