Olympic National Park lodging is available within the boundaries of the park and outside. The list of options is long—some of the places to stay are campsites nestled in the woods, while others are full-service resorts overlooking the vast peaks of the Cascade Mountains. You’ll also find classic Pacific Northwest lodges where the setting is rustic, but the amenities are as modern as it comes. All of these options are located close to the park’s favorite things to do, including Hurricane Ridge, meaning you don’t have to spend a lot of time getting to where you want to go. You can spend more of your vacation enjoying the best Olympic National Park has to offer.
A total of 16 campgrounds are sprinkled throughout the national park, for a total of 900-plus campsites. Most of the sites can accommodate both tents and RVs, offering running water, bathrooms and great views. Operation season vary from campground to campground. They’re all open during the summer, but some close after Labor Day, while others stay open deeper into the fall. Kalaloch (pictured), open all year, is the only campsite that accepts reservations, the rest are first-come-first-serve. Primitive camping is allowed at several locations throughout Olympic National Park.
Hotels & Lodges
Hotels & Lodges
While camping has its charms, it’s not for everyone. Some people prefer more traditional accommodations for their stay on the Olympic Peninsula. Washington’s own UNESCO World Heritage Site has several options for Olympic National Park lodging. The Lake Crescent Lodge, south of Port Angeles, combines a traditional Pacific Northwest lodge, along with cabins, motel-style rooms and a dining room.
On the northern shores of the lake, the Log Cabin Resort (pictured) offers a welcoming place to stay nestled among the fir trees. Its lodge rooms, a-frame chalets, and cabins offer an upgraded lodging experience without losing its rustic appeal. Close to the Pacific beaches, the Kalaloch Lodge is another option for overnight stays. The lodge, easy to find along Highway 101, has a similar mix of lodging styles at the Log Cabin Resort, along with a dining store and its own sundry shop.
The natural setting of the Olympic Peninsula is relaxing in itself, but a stay at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort (pictured) is even more of an escape. The entire resort feels like a spa, especially at the hot springs where people have long flocked to soak away their cares. The cabins and suites overlook some majestic scenes—old-growth forests, the gently flowing Sol Duc River, and the mountain peaks. You’ll find some of the perks of luxury hotels here, including a cafe, long lists of activities, and massages. Beyond the boundaries of the park, you’ll find several more resorts where you could spend a relaxing getaway. Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Forks, and Sequim all have places to stay for the night or for the week.
Cabins & Vacation Rentals
Cabins & Vacation Rentals Image: Marc_Smith (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0
Privacy, scenic settings, and comfortable surroundings are hallmarks of the cabins and vacation rentals sprinkled in and around the national park. This option for Olympic National Park lodging is a smart choice if you want a place to stay with a great value. It’s a step up from camping and cheaper than traditional hotels. Many of the cabins in the park are equipped with comfortable luxuries like fully-equipped kitchens and linens, but you’ll also find your share of rustic cabins. With so many options, it’s easy to find your perfect accommodations to enjoy a vacation on your own terms, with lodging perfectly suited to your style and budget.
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