Hotel at a Glance: Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort sits right in the heart of Olympic National Park along the banks of the Sol Duc River. You can get picture-perfect views of this landscape from the mineral hot springs pools right on the resort grounds. There's also a freshwater pool, where you can cool off after a steaming soak.
- Spacious cabins featuring a small sitting area and front porch; some have fully-stocked kitchens
- Cut the cord and relax: There are no telephones, TVs, or radios in the cabins.
- Go hiking: A number of scenic trails pick up nearby; the 5.8-mile Lover's Lane Loop connects the resort to the thundering Sol Duc Falls.
- Watch leaping salmon: In summer, you might see Coho salmon leaping through the chilly waters of the Sol Duc River.
- Dining options include regional cuisine at The Springs Restaurant, along with a poolside deli and espresso bar.
Olympic National Park: Forests, Mountains, and Colorful Tidepools
Olympic National Park can feel like three parks in one: You can find everything from snow-capped mountains to ocean tidepools to ancient forests. One of the best ways to explore the sprawling wilderness is to drive on Highway 101, which circumnavigates the Olympic Peninsula. The highway zips along forested mountain passes and the Pacific coastline, passing plenty of scenic outlooks and trailheads. It's worth it to get out and stretch your legs maintained hiking trails such as the Peabody Creek Trail, which makes a half-mile loop from the Visitor Center's parking lot. Most trails are open year-round, with opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
One of the most unique features of Olympic National Park are its tidepools filled with aquatic plants and animals, such as the giant green anemone that looks like a blooming flower. You can explore the tidepools at low tide all year long, but the best time to visit is in the summer, when rangers host informative programs.