Olympic National Park

McCabe David / February 25, 2021


Considered the most biodiverse of all national parks in the United States, Olympic National Park provides a wide array of photographic opportunities for anyone willing to throw on a rain jacket and visit this remote destination.
It is an absolute dream destination for photographers and nature lovers. This Olympic National Park photography guide will provide inspiration and insight into the best hikes, vistas, beaches, and destinations Olympic has to offer, as well as when and how to visit.
The park is best explored by vehicle as part of a road trip, with 1-3 nights minimum recommended for the average visitor. Be prepared for a lot of driving between each photoshoot as the distances between destinations are vast. While considered one national park, it is actually separated into four distinct regions, each boasting a unique ecosystem and distinct beauty.
As mentioned, the Olympic Peninsula is a large space to cover, and the only way to really see it is with access to a vehicle. Of course, if you are one of those crazy intense cyclists who don’t need an engine, by all means, go for a ride! The roads are safe and most inclines are not too intense, with the exception of Hurricane Ridge. For the rest of us, you will need to either drive or ferry in. Those coming from Vancouver Island to the north as part of a road trip will take the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, while anyone coming from the US will need to arrive via car or bus.
When planning your visit, I strongly urge you to schedule your time as part of a greater West Coast road trip or at least a longer Olympic Peninsula road trip to give yourself the freedom of being selective with WHEN you visit each of the highlights.
For those of you looking to make only a day trip to Olympic National Park, check out the photos below and decide which 1-2 interest you most; that is all you will have time for! Olympic National Park is home to some of the best hikes in Washington State, so make sure you factor in time for at least one of these.
As beautiful as the Pacific Northwest is, and it is beautiful, the price of that beauty is a lot of rainy days. The Olympic Rainforest is a particularly wet climate nearly 10 months of the year. Fortunately, snow is rarely a problem and the moody grey tends to add some drama to the scenes here.
Despite being an enormous park in terms of area, relatively few sections of the park are accessible for day trips. However, these sections take you through a variety of landscapes guaranteed to offer something unique and prizeworthy for any photographer. The following is simply a list of what I consider to be the top 10 places to photograph in Olympic National Park. It is by no means comprehensive or all-inclusive, but rather a rundown of those places that I find to be the most photogenic in the park.