Stunning and green in the summer...and a great place for hikes. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the only temperate rain forests in the country, and the largest in the Pacific northwest. The ancient rain forest was formed thousands of years ago by arctic glaciers and today, you can see how the different generations of tree growth created so many layer of flora.
The trails were beautiful with huge trees, hanging moss, and clear streams everywhere. The Hoh's Visitor Center is in the Hoh River Valley, and one of the trails takes you along the river, as does the long road getting to the visitor center.
The U.S. National Parks Service calls the Olympic National Park "three parks in one." If you can, spend time exploring them all at leisure you will see the gems that they are. After traveling up to Hurricane Ridge in the northern part of the park, we drove out around to Forks through the Olympic Peninsula along the Highway 101. We had to discover the variety of this park, our country, and the Pacific northwest.
This was another local recommendation on our trip to the Olympic Peninsula/Road Trip out of Seattle. We visited in mid-July and it was a great time to be there while everything was so green. It was the perfect time to be hiking, and we did see quite a few campers.