Olympic National Park – The Jewel of Washington State
Olympic National Park is one of the largest parks in the US, located in Washington State in the Olympic Peninsula. The park consists of three areas, the Olympic Mountains, the temperate rainforest and the Pacific Coastline. It is a national landmark, a unique world of stunning and diverse features. It is not accidentally one of the most known and visited places in the US.
Olympic National Park is a wilderness park, mostly accessible by trails. There are numerous spur paths and roads that can take you to the various destinations in the park. It is characterised by the scenic drives along the coast, or towards the Hurricane Ridge. Visitors who want to admire the diversity and majestic size of the Olympic Mountains can drive through the forested valley of the Duc Sol and Quinault.
The park was established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1909 and the establishment act was signed and legislated a few years later, in 1938, by Franklin Roosevelt. The entire Peninsula was designated as Wilderness in 1988 so as to protect and preserve the natural character of the area. The Olympic National Park features a rather impressive world, with fog shrouded coasts, spectacular beaches and alpine country areas, ponds and lakes, meadows and woodlands, glaciers and the most impressive rain forest found in the US.
The isolated and somewhat secluded peninsula has been the ideal place for development of several animal and plant species, which are both rare and unique. Some of them cannot be found anywhere else in the world, therefore are considered to be protected species. The several roads and paths of the park do not penetrate far inside it, thus, visitors and tourists can see only a part of the Park, although the views towards it from several areas of the State are indeed breathtaking.