Ten National Parks to See Before You Die

By CNTraveler.com - 2014-07-21T17:46:04Z

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Olympic National Park

Washington

Rugged coast, glacier-capped mountains, and temperate—and largely roadless—rain forests mark Olympic.

Size 1,442 square miles.

The Easy Way Hurricane Ridge viewing platform faces craggy Olympics (west) and forested hills (south).

The Hard (Wet) Way Launch at La Push to paddle the treacherous Pacific, seeking hidden coves, seals, otters, and bald eagles.

The Shady Way Hoh Rain Forest's Douglas firs and big-leaf maples shade Oregon oxalis and lady ferns in a rare extant example of West Coast old-growth woodlands.

Creature Feature The 27-mile-long East Fork Quinault River Trail traverses elk and bear country.

Etc. gorp.com

P.S. In September and October, watch migrating salmon in Sol Duc.

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