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Olympic National Park, Washington
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Seven Lakes Basin, Olympic National Park, Washington

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It can be difficult to find a park that offers many options for kids with opposing interests. Yet Olympic National Park lets you backpack along the beach, hike through rainforests, take a dip in hot springs, and take in views of glacier-capped mountains.

Outdoor activities are nearly limitless here, including horseback riding, hiking, fishing, swimming, and camping. Be sure to check out the center of the park – Mount Olympus – which holds seven of the park’s 60 named glaciers. Nearby Blue Glacier is a sight to behold, sometimes covered with 100 feet of snow. It is also a great spot to view black-tailed deer. Another must-see is the Hoh Rain Forest boasting trees that tower up to a 300 feet high. And if the sand is calling your name, visit Ozette Loop - the most popular beach area. Your family will enjoy an afternoon on the boardwalks and beach.

If you are looking for a spot to rest and perhaps picnic, hit Hurricane Ridge, specifically Hurricane Hill Trail, for three miles of wildflowers and breathtaking scenery.

For a once-in-a-lifetime sight, look into the park’s bald eagle viewings.

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