Olympic National Park offers a breathtaking, natural territory that has glaciers, mountains, rivers, rain forests and beaches. Recreational activities abound and there is loads of fun for the entire family. Take this quiz to learn more about Olympic National Park.
The Pacific Ocean batters the shores of Olympic National Park.
Both visitor centers are in Olympic National Park and open year-round.
There are no fewer than 16 campgrounds, although they are not all open throughout the year.
The tall Sitka spruce is found in abundance in Olympic National Park.
Olympic National Park is located in the extreme northwest part of Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula.
The westernmost side of the park has the wettest weather, with 12-14 feet (3.65-4.25 meters) of annual rainfall.
The area was established as an official national park in 1938.
It is called the Olympic mountain range and it forms a circular shape.
Hurricane Ridge has high country and spectacular mountain vistas; Hoh Rain Forest and La Push are much lower in altitude.
The weather conditions are very specific -- plentiful moisture, high humidity, mild temperatures -- and this keeps the rain forests lush year-round.
A fallen tree becomes a nurse log, sprouting new seedlings and perpetuating the finely balanced environmental life cycle.
Marine fossils have been found near the summits and this leads geologists to theorize that the area developed under the sea.
It is believed to be about 35 million years old.
The great floor plate of the Pacific Ocean collided with the North American plate and pushed the upper seabed levels upward, crushing them into mountain form.
Captain John Mears first sighted the peninsula's tallest mountain.
Mears named the peak Olympus in honor of the home of the Greek gods.
It was called Mount Olympus National Monument for almost three decades before the name was changed.
Wildlife at the park include Roosevelt elk, snowshoe hares, Douglas squirrels and more, but not any of the animals mentioned.
You can do a variety of water sports, including boating, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, waterskiing, river rafting.
Olympic National Park covers an area of more than 900,000 acres (364,217 hectares).