Best Olympic Tours
Learn About The Best Olympic National Park Tours
There are so many ways to explore Olympic National Park. No matter what interests you, there is bound to be a tour that will provide expert knowledge from a professional guide, helping to enhance your time in Olympic National Park. Below is a brief description of the best tours in the park:
Olympic National Park is the heart and soul of the Olympic Peninsula, showcasing the best of the Pacific Northwest. With diverse landscapes, stunning scenery, and hundreds of miles of trails to choose from, there are wonderful options for hiking that will help create everlasting memories. By choosing to go on a guided day hike, you are treating yourself to top-notch knowledge from a local Olympic National Park guide, who will ensure the safety of the group. Trips are all-inclusive; top of the line gear and meals are provided by the guiding company. Other trips that Wildland Trekking offers include: day hike tours, inn-based hiking trips, basecamp hiking trips and backpacking trips.
Backpacking is a spectacular way to explore Olympic National Park. Guided backpacking trips take you through lush temperate rainforests, to alpine lakes and glaciers, and along the rugged and pristine coast. A variety of trips are available, ranging in difficulty and distance, so whether this is your first time backpacking, or your thousandth, you are sure to have an unforgettable trip. Trips range from 3 to 6 days, and the guiding company takes care of all the logistics, permits, transportation, and provide all appropriate gear and delicious backcountry meals.
Explore the rugged and rocky shorelines of northern Olympic National Park. Kayak tours are available from Port Angeles year-round, taking you on Freshwater Bay, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Since the bay is protected from wind and weather, these kayak trips are suitable for most ages and abilities. Local guides know the best spots for wildlife viewing and intertidal life, so you are sure to experience something on the water that you wouldn’t be able to see on land. Kayak rentals are also available for you to take out on your own.
MOUNTAIN BIKING TOURS
Mountain biking tours take you on a single-track mountain bike route on the Olympic Discovery Trail. Trips are all-inclusive; mountain bike, helmet, transportation and an experienced guide are all included. The route is through a classic Pacific Northwest forest, lush with deciduous and coniferous trees, mosses and ferns. If you are a thrill-seeker, and desire to see the park in a unique and awe-inspiring way, a mountain biking tour is for you!
FLY FISHING TOURS
With 3,500 miles of streams and rivers, the fishing in Olympic National Park is out-of-this-world. Anadromous fish use these waterways as means for transportation to get to the ocean, where they will spawn. Guided fly fishing trips are offered throughout the park. All the gear you need for the trip is provided by the guiding company. With a local guide, who knows the best places for steelhead in the winter, and trout or salmon in the summer, the trip is catered to your group.
One of the best ways to see Olympic National Park is from above! Scenic flight tours take you soaring over Mount Olympus, temperate rainforests and along the shoreline of the pristine coast. Most tours originate from Seattle, and fly over the San Juan Islands and Bainbridge Island before getting above Olympic National Park. For a truly unique perspective of this magical region, scenic flight tours are an unforgettable experience.
WHALE WATCHING TOURS
The waters of Port Angeles, Washington, just outside of Olympic National Park are one of the best places to see humpback and orca whales. Whale watching tours are offered, taking you through the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of humpback and orca whales, elephant seals and sea lions. These tours are available throughout the summer—the season when humpbacks are known for feeding in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Whale watching is another great option for a unique experience in the Olympic Peninsula, and is guaranteed to be an everlasting memory.
WILDLIFE VIEWING TOURS
For tours that take you to the best locations for wildlife, consider joining a wildlife viewing eco-tour. These tours take you to where the wildlife is, year-round—whether it be Roosevelt elk in the rainforest, marmots in the subalpine or tidepooling at the coast, you are bound to see some extraordinary wildlife. Tours depart throughout the year from Port Angeles, and the length of the tour varies depending on the desires of your group.
Mount Olympus stands high above the surrounding mountains in the Olympic range. At 7,980 feet tall, this behemoth draws in many thrill-seekers and adventurers. Guided climbing trips help you ascend Mount Olympus, but don’t be fooled by the height of this mountain—making it to the summit is a serious undertaking, and requires travel over glaciers, steep snow climbing and strenuous rock climbing to the summit. Once at the summit though, all your hard work pays off because you are rewarded with out-of-this-world views of the surrounding mountains, majestically snow-covered.
December through March, the ski and snowboard area on Hurricane Ridge is open. Rentals and tours are available, giving you a truly remarkable experience of unparalleled winter features. This is one of three lifts in the United States to operate inside a National Park. The ridge offers ideal groomed conditions, but for experienced skiers and snowboarders, the surrounding area offers terrain that is worth the extra effort of getting there. If you visit Olympic National Park during the winter, skiing or snowboarding at Hurricane Ridge is one thing you do not want to miss out on!
Join a Guided Hiking Adventure
Olympic National Park is home to some of the most epic and amazing hiking vacations in the world. Wildland Trekking offers trips with the best of Olympic: the coast, the mountains, wildlife, solitude, adventure and fascinating natural and cultural interpretation.Guided Olympic National Park treks are all-inclusive which covers permits, local transportation (excluded on certain tours), meals, equipment, safety systems, and professional hiking/wilderness guides; all of which allows visitors to maximize their time in Olympic and focus entirely on enjoying the Park.
OLYMPIC ADVENTURE TOURS
- GUIDED BACKPACKING ADVENTURES: these are for people interested in an authentic Olympic National Park adventure away from the roads and crowds.
- INN-BASED PACKAGES: these tours are all-inclusive packages with lodging, amazing daily hikes, expert guides, meals, transportation and more!
- CAMPING-BASED HIKING PACKAGES: camping-based hiking packages provide all-around hiking experiences of the Olympic Coast on wonderful outdoor vacations.
- DAY HIKE TOURS: maximize your day in Olympic National Park on a fully guided, award-winning hiking tour on one of the Park’s best trails.