Olympic National Park is a sprawling reserve on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. The pristinely preserved park features a variety of breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems, from dense, old-growth forests and wild beaches to the rugged peaks of the Olympic Mountains. Numerous backpacking and hiking trails wind through the park’s rainforests and along the coastline, and the towering snow-clad peak of Mt. Olympus attracts climbers from around the world.
Situated just 60 miles from Seattle, Olympic National Park is ideal for a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation. There is a great selection of places to stay for all budgets both in and near the park from camping and self-catering cabins to cozy mountain lodges, romantic forest retreats, and family-friendly hotels.
Designated as both an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, Olympic National Park is well worth a visit for its spectacular beauty, amazing diversity, and fantastic outdoor activities. In partnership with Hotels.com, I’ve put together a list of some of the best hotels and accommodations in and around the park, offering comfortable lodging, great amenities, and easy access to all the popular attractions.
Best Places to Stay in Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park has four distinct regions ranging from the Pacific coastline and alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest, and the forests on the east side and there are wonderful places to stay in each area of the park.
Whether you are heading into the park to soak up the incredible natural beauty and stirring landscapes or planning a weekend hiking or climbing adventure, here are some of the best Olympic National Park hotels, lodges, and resorts in the park to make your base.
Nestled on the bluffs above Kalaloch Beach on the western side of Olympic National Park, Kalaloch Lodge is a charming, eco-friendly seaside hotel with gorgeous Pacific Ocean views. The lodge is the park’s only oceanfront lodge and has several cozy guest rooms and romantic cabins with fireplaces overlooking the ocean.
You can also stay in the two-story, hotel-style Seacrest House, which has lovely guest rooms with private patios and balconies where you can soak up the gorgeous view. Rooms and cabins have free walking sticks to encourage guests to head outdoors and explore the incredible rainforests, alpine meadows, and beachside tidal pools in the area.
Kalaloch Lodge promises a true escape from the world – there no televisions, telephones, or Wi-Fi in the rooms in the main lodge, encouraging guests to focus on the beauty around them. Tuck into a delicious breakfast and other locally sourced meals at the Creekside Restaurant, and there are a small grocery store and gift shop for essentials.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort combines the beauty of Olympic National Park’s northern forests and the therapeutic waters of natural hot mineral springs for a unique and unforgettable experience. The riverside resort can be reached on a short drive from Port Angeles and Sequim and has several natural hot mineral pools that are open to both guests and the public. Soak your stresses away surrounded by incredible forest views.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort has comfortable cabins and a campground with RV sites. You can soak in one of the three Sol Duc hot spring pools or cool off in a large freshwater swimming pool, and there is a spa that offers pampering massages. You can explore the surrounding forest on numerous hiking trails that wind into the lush Sol Duc Valley, and the Springs Restaurant serves hearty local fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Lake Crescent Lodge
Resting on the edge of Lake Crescent and surrounded by towering trees, Lake Crescent Lodge is a charming lakeside lodge that dates back to 1915 and offers a peaceful sanctuary with cozy cabins. Overlooking Lake Crescent, the lodge is a short drive from the pretty harbor town of Port Angeles and is a great spot for a quick weekend getaway in Olympic National Park.
A roaring fireplace and trophy elk on the walls in the lobby greet guests on arrival and traditionally decorated guest rooms and cabins include private bathrooms, kitchenettes, gas fireplaces, and balconies or patios with spectacular views of Lake Crescent. Lake Crescent Lodge is the perfect spot if you want a quiet sanctuary surrounded by nature.
If you are a foodie, you’ll also love the fine dining restaurant at Lake Crescent Lodge, which overlooks the lake and boasts an expansive porch for summer dining. The menu features gourmet Pacific Northwest fare and award-winning Pacific Northwest wines and you can enjoy a sublime breakfast every morning with beautiful views.
Log Cabin Resort
Located on the northern shores of Lake Crescent in the northern part of the park, Log Cabin Resort is a lovely lakeside retreat with a variety of accommodations and plenty of activities to enjoy in and around the lake. Easily accessed from Port Angeles, the resort has an array of lodging options from simple guest rooms and chalets to cozy cabins with multiple beds for families.
The Lakeside Chalets are also great for families and groups, with upstairs lofts and private bathrooms and they are just a stone’s throw from the lake for enjoying water-based activities. Breakfast is served at the casual restaurant and there is a general store selling essentials. Spend your days hiking and exploring the forests around the lake or enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing on the lake during the summer. Head into Port Angeles for some shopping or dinner at one of the many restaurants.
Lake Quinault Lodge is a rustic, resort hotel in the heart of the Olympic National Forest that offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Built in 1926, the charming lodge is surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Olympic National Forest and offers an array of incredible outdoor activities from hiking and mountain biking to fishing, boating, and swimming.
Guest rooms at Lake Quinault Lodge can be found in the main lodge, a converted boathouse, and a contemporary lakeside building and you can choose whether you prefer a rustic, mountain lodge style room or something more modern. Some accommodations have private bathrooms with antique claw-foot tubs, rain showers, crackling fireplaces, and patios with breathtaking lake views.
Tuck into a hearty breakfast in the lodge’s relaxed restaurant overlooking Lake Quinault, and enjoy a range of perks include an indoor pool, a sauna, and a game room. You can also rent a boat for fun on the lake in the summer months.
Resting on the shores of Lake Quinault in Olympic National Park, Lochaerie Resort is a rustic 1920s retreat and a great place to stay if you want to enjoy fishing, paddle boarding, and boat tours on the lake. Historic wood cabins are nestled among the trees around the lake and are charmingly named after peaks within the Olympic Mountains including Colonel Bob, Christie, and Ellinor. The rustic cabins have cozy furnishings, river rock fireplaces, and porches with picturesque lake and mountain views.
The resort is ideally located for enjoying the beauty of the outdoors with hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, and fishing, and you can also explore popular sites within the park, like the Hoh Rain Forest, Hurricane Ridge, and Mount Storm King, which are close by.
Where to Stay Near Olympic National Park
If you can’t find suitable lodging in Olympic National Park, there are plenty of great places just outside the park and within driving distance of all the park’s attractions. The park can get quite busy in the summer months, so staying outside the park will allow you to enjoy all the national park has to offer without dealing with the crowds.
Here are some great places to stay near Olympic National Park in lovely towns like Port Angeles, Sequim, and Forks, which include comfortable lodging, fantastic amenities, and easy access into the park.
Quileute Oceanside Resort
Quileute Oceanside Resort is a laid-back oceanfront resort in the little village of La Push on the northwestern coast of the Olympic Peninsula and a great choice if you are a budget traveler. La Push lies at the mouth of the Quillayute River and is well known for wild Pacific beaches like First Beach where you can see some massive huge waves crashing onto the shore.
The family-friendly resort is near Olympic National Park and is a great place to stay if you want to enjoy both the attractions of the park and the wild Pacific beaches, and the natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. The resort offers a variety of accommodations from simple motel rooms with kitchenettes to cozy cabins with fireplaces or wood stoves.
There is also a basic campground and an RV park if you are road-tripping, and there is free access to several forested hiking trails around La Push that lead to Second and Third beaches, and the famous Hole-in-the-Wall on Rialto Beach.
Set on a beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Port Angeles Harbor, the Red Lion Hotel is a down-to-earth hotel that offers the best of both Port Angeles and the Olympic National Park. The hotel has comfortable rooms with standard conveniences like minifridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers, and upgraded suites have pull-out sofas for extra guests and spacious balconies with charming beach and harbor views.
An outdoor swimming pool and hot tub are ideal for relaxing after a day of exploring the park, and guests can dine at the casual restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water. The Olympic National Park is a few miles from the hotel and Port Angeles Harbor has plenty of shops, restaurants, and fun things to do. The lovely towns of Sequim and Port Townsend are close by if you feel like venturing further afield.
If you are looking for a comfortable, family-friendly getaway near Olympic National Park, the Olympic Suites Inn is a good bet. Located on the banks of the winding Calawah River in Forks, Washington, the hotel has spacious and inviting guest rooms with rustic design and cozy lodge-style décor. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms, modern amenities like televisions and free wi-fi, and balconies boast lovely views.
The inn is within easy driving distance to Olympic National Park where you can explore the many superb attractions like the Hoh Rain Forest, the Sol Duc Falls, and the wild beaches of the Pacific. There are also 611 miles of picturesque trails that are ideal for hiking and mountain biking.
Located in the town of Forks on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, the Forks Motel is a casual, family-friendly motel with comfortable lodgings that makes a great base for exploring Olympic National Park. Standard guest rooms have comfy furnishings and en-suite bathrooms, and Jacuzzi suites are ideal for families with multiple beds. There is an outdoor swimming pool for cooling off in the summer, and some motel rooms are pet-friendly, so you can travel with your four-legged friend.
Olympic National Park is just east of Forks and easily accessed from the Forks Motel. There are also some spectacular landscapes around Forks like the Calawah, Sol Duc, and Bogachiel rivers where you can fish for steelhead and salmon, and the magnificent Hoh Rain Forest where you can hike for miles.
GreenHouse Inn by the Bay is a lovely family-run inn in the small town of Sequim that is a great base for exploring Olympic National Park and the natural beauty of western Washington. Boasting a warm and welcoming, home-away-from-home ambiance, the inn has comfortable guest rooms with shared or en suite bathrooms and modern in-room amenities. Private balconies have beautiful views of the bay and the mountains of Olympic National Park, which is a short drive away.
Relax in a comfy communal lounge, enjoy wine-tastings in the evenings, and indulge with a massage in your room. A concierge service can organize a variety of excursions for you that will showcase the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. Enjoy day hikes in the Olympic National Park, whale watching in the bay of the Salish Sea, and unforgettable hot air balloon rides over the beautiful lavender farms surrounding Sequim. Port Angeles is a short drive away from the inn and the charming town of Port Townsend on the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula is worth a visit.
When to Book Olympic National Park Lodging & Hotels
The best time of the year to visit the Olympic National Park is from spring through fall. The winter rains make the landscapes in the area lush and verdant and excellent for a hiking, trekking, or backpacking trip.
The park has so many things to see and do, you could easily spend a week exploring the spectacular landscapes, however, if you are limited on time, you can enjoy the best of what the park has to offer in two days. You might have to do quite a lot of driving on your trip, but you’ll be able to explore and enjoy Olympic National Park, which is nicknamed the jewel of the Pacific Northwest for good reason.
As travel today remains uncertain, please keep your safety and the safety of others in mind at all times. If you are comfortable with traveling, please travel responsibly and within regulation as any travel is at your own risk.
If you do decide to travel at this time, here are our recommendations:
- Wear a face mask.
- Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands on a regular basis.
- Check official websites before your trip for the latest updates on policies, closures and
- status of local businesses.
- Book a hotel with free cancellation in case you need to change your plans at the last