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Olympic National Park

Photo: Ken Lund, Lake Crescent

Olympic National Park is located in the state of Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. The park has four basic regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side.

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument on March 2, 1909. It was designated a national park by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 29, 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park was designated by UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 as a World Heritage Site. In 1988, Congress designated 95 percent of the park as the Olympic Wilderness.

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Marymere Falls

Puget Sound Sunrise at Seal Rock Campground by Michael Matti

Tourist on the trail southern end of Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic National Park


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