Hotel at a Glance: Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort sits 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.
- Where you’ll stay: Spacious cabins feature a small sitting area and front porch; some have fully equipped 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.
- Where to eat: 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 tide-pools 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 the Pacific coastline, passing plenty of scenic outlooks and trailheads. After a scenic drive, delve into the forest via 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 Olympic National Park’s most unique features is its tide pools filled with aquatic plants and animals, such as the giant green anemone that looks like a blooming flower. You can explore the tide pools at low tide all year long, but the best time to visit is in the summer, when rangers host informative programs.