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Discover the top photo spots in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is a photographer’s dream with the Olympic Mountains to visit on sunny days, the Pacific coast to visit on partially cloudy days and the temperate rainforest to explore when skies are overcast. Explore 50 of Tom and Vicky’s top photographic spots with over 220 images to inspire your visit.


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Working from north to south, don’t miss: Hurricane Ridge for meadows, wildflowers, views of glaciated mountains, and snow covered trees in the winter.
Sol Duc Falls is an ideal spot for photographing the rain forest forest, mossy creeks and a beautiful waterfall. Rialto Beach is known for its tide pools, off-shore islands and rocky spires, (called seastacks). Hall of Mosses and the Hoh River Valley are a must for anyone looking for the beautiful moss-hung trees of the temperate rain forest. Ruby Beach is ideal place to photograph sea stacks and sunsets. Maple Glade Nature Trail, on the north shore of  Lake Quinault, is a short, 0.5 mile, walk through moss-hung big leaf maple trees that commonly takes photographers several hours to complete.


The Olympic Peninsula has a bus service from the Seattle–Tacoma airport to Port Angeles. Further bus service is available along US101 from Port Angeles to Forks and on to Aberdeen and Hoquiam. However, there is no reliable transportation from the towns into the park. The best solution is to either rent a car or bring your own. Keeping the electronic gear charged can a be problem. The major campgrounds have some electrical outlets in the restrooms, however, it is better to rely on a car charger. Cell phone and network coverage is very sketchy. Do not expect coverage away from the main towns.

The Best Photo Locations In Olympic National Park

We show you where, when and how to get the very best travel photos in Olympic National Park.


About The Author

Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall

Tom Kirkendall and Vicky Spring are both photographers and authors. Along with a massive file of landscape images, they have written 10 guide books for cyclists, cross-country skiers, and hikers. Even though Tom's passion is for film cameras and black and white images; he teaches two digital landscape photography courses for the Yellowstone Association every year. Vicky prefers to wander off into the mountains looking for flowers and colorful alpine meadows to photograph. Their most recent book is “Washington – a photographic journey”, published by Farcountry Press.