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Olympic National Park, Washington

Of all the US national parks, the most diversified in character and climate is found in Washington State. With nearly a million acres spanning elevations from sea level to over 7,900 feet, Olympic National Park offers a stunning range of photographic subjects. From pristine coastlines with sea stacks and pebble beaches, to mossy old-growth rain forests, waterfalls, glacially-carved lakes, and alpine meadows with mountainous backdrops—all offer photo opportunities in the swiftly shifting light and weather patterns of the Pacific Northwest. The western side of the park has the wettest climate in the continental US, soaking under nearly 12 feet of precipitation annually. But amazingly, the northeastern side is the driest part of the Pacific Coast outside of Southern California. Just outside the park near Sequim, for example, you will discover fields of lavender in peak bloom this time of year.

Countless art-calendar photographs of deer browsing in flower-carpeted meadows have been taken in this park! Olympic marmots, denizens of these same meadows, offer comic relief and excellent photo subjects. At Hurricane Ridge, sweeping panoramas are punctuated with stately alpine firs whose tangled roots are home to a marauding band of tourist-acclimated ground squirrels. Much of the wildlife in this exceptional park is remarkably unwary—including Clark’s nutcrackers, gray and Steller’s jays, and even mountain goats.

The western side of Olympic National Park is part of the only temperate rain forest in the northern hemisphere and the exuberant growth of the vegetation reflects this factor. The Hoh Rain Forest protection area was established in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after his visit to the tract. Moss-draped bigleaf maples, towering Sitka spruce, hemlocks, Douglas firs and verdant fern hollows remain as FDR would have seen them and are exciting photo subjects. Easy beach access allows us to explore some of the dramatic vistas and sea stacks of the rugged coast.

Such diversity is the basis for five full days of photography as we explore a dramatic cross section of habitat of one of Washington State’s finest natural areas. Predictably good weather in July provides an excellent window of opportunity to capture the amazing diversity Olympic National Park offers.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Participants fly to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and meet the leader at the airport in the afternoon. We drive to Port Angeles in time to check into our hotel, enjoy dinner and prepare for the week ahead. (D)

Day 2
We fill the next day by taking advantage of the best light and weather in specific areas of Olympic National Park. Much of our time is spent at the higher elevations around Hurricane Ridge, where we find alpine meadows with both wildflowers and wildlife set against dramatic mountain backdrops. Stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and Mount Baker offer opportunities for graphic images framed by forest silhouettes. At sunset, there will be an option to photograph the famed lavender fields along Sequim’s “Lavender Trail”. (BLD)

Day 3
We’ll visit other locations, including the old-growth forest of Sol Duc Valley and picturesque Sol Duc Falls. We’ll return to Hurricane Ridge in the evening for sunset photography. (BLD)

Day 4
We start the day with sunrise at Hurricane Ridge. Then we make our way to the Pacific coast, stopping to photograph at various locations, including Madison Falls and pristine, glacial Lake Crescent. We arrive at our Northwest-style lodge in time to settle in and for a sunset shoot on one of the most scenic coastlines of the Pacific Northwest. (BLD)

Day 5
We photograph the panoramas and details of the park’s west coast at both sunrise and sunset; capturing iconic images of the lichen and moss-draped temperate Hoh Rain Forest and the low tides and ever-changing aspects of nearby Pacific beaches. (BLD)

Day 6
We work our way back to Port Angeles on the afternoon of Day 6. We’ll stop at scenic locations such as spectacular Marymere Falls, and for those who have interest, a return to the lavender farms of Sequim. Food options are limited in this area, and we will have box lunches to maximize our time in the field. We’ll return to Hurricane Ridge for a final sunset photography experience. (BLD)

Day 7
After breakfast, we return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport today for flights home. Please schedule your flight departures for no earlier than 2 PM. (B)

 Van Os Photo Safaris is an Authorized Permittee of the US National Park Service

Tour Details

Jul 20 2025 – Jul 26 2025
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Fee: $5,495
Deposit: $1,500
Limit: 7 participants
Activity Level: Moderate
Single Supplement: $1,000

Tour Highlights

  • Photograph wildlife in vibrant alpine wildflower meadows
  • Explore photogenic and iconic Northwest temperate rain forests draped in moss and lichen
  • Shoot dramatic mountain and coastal seascapes
  • Photograph lavender fields in peak season along the way
  • Trip limited to 7 participants
  • Includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, national park fees, photo guide and instruction

Testimonials

Having an experienced guide who is familiar with the local conditions was valuable…we got to photograph many of the best areas in Olympic National Park. Very successful trip.
— Terry W.

I am a beginning photographer. Our tour leader bolstered my self-confidence to try different things; she figured out some less-than-obvious aspects of my camera, and taught me several new skills.
— Kathy H.

The tour to Olympic National Park presented an amazing variety of landscapes from various beaches with sea stacks, tidal pools and boulders, to a beautiful rain forest and mile-high mountain (Hurricane Ridge) with spectacular views. Our tour leader was terrific – offering guidance when asked; suggesting vantage points and working constantly to be sure the group’s needs were met. Highly recommended.
— Denise R.

Tour Details

Jul 20 2025 – Jul 26 2025
Register Now
Fee: $5,495
Deposit: $1,500
Limit: 7 participants
Activity Level: Moderate
Single Supplement: $1,000

Of all the US national parks, the most diversified in character and climate is found in Washington State. With nearly a million acres spanning elevations from sea level to over 7,900 feet, Olympic National Park offers a stunning range of photographic subjects. From pristine coastlines with sea stacks and pebble beaches, to mossy old-growth rain forests, waterfalls, glacially-carved lakes, and alpine meadows with mountainous backdrops—all offer photo opportunities in the swiftly shifting light and weather patterns of the Pacific Northwest. The western side of the park has the wettest climate in the continental US, soaking under nearly 12 feet of precipitation annually. But amazingly, the northeastern side is the driest part of the Pacific Coast outside of Southern California. Just outside the park near Sequim, for example, you will discover fields of lavender in peak bloom this time of year.

Countless art-calendar photographs of deer browsing in flower-carpeted meadows have been taken in this park! Olympic marmots, denizens of these same meadows, offer comic relief and excellent photo subjects. At Hurricane Ridge, sweeping panoramas are punctuated with stately alpine firs whose tangled roots are home to a marauding band of tourist-acclimated ground squirrels. Much of the wildlife in this exceptional park is remarkably unwary—including Clark’s nutcrackers, gray and Steller’s jays, and even mountain goats.

The western side of Olympic National Park is part of the only temperate rain forest in the northern hemisphere and the exuberant growth of the vegetation reflects this factor. The Hoh Rain Forest protection area was established in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after his visit to the tract. Moss-draped bigleaf maples, towering Sitka spruce, hemlocks, Douglas firs and verdant fern hollows remain as FDR would have seen them and are exciting photo subjects. Easy beach access allows us to explore some of the dramatic vistas and sea stacks of the rugged coast.

Such diversity is the basis for five full days of photography as we explore a dramatic cross section of habitat of one of Washington State’s finest natural areas. Predictably good weather in July provides an excellent window of opportunity to capture the amazing diversity Olympic National Park offers.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Participants fly to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and meet the leader at the airport in the afternoon. We drive to Port Angeles in time to check into our hotel, enjoy dinner and prepare for the week ahead. (D)

Day 2
We fill the next day by taking advantage of the best light and weather in specific areas of Olympic National Park. Much of our time is spent at the higher elevations around Hurricane Ridge, where we find alpine meadows with both wildflowers and wildlife set against dramatic mountain backdrops. Stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and Mount Baker offer opportunities for graphic images framed by forest silhouettes. At sunset, there will be an option to photograph the famed lavender fields along Sequim’s “Lavender Trail”. (BLD)

Day 3
We’ll visit other locations, including the old-growth forest of Sol Duc Valley and picturesque Sol Duc Falls. We’ll return to Hurricane Ridge in the evening for sunset photography. (BLD)

Day 4
We start the day with sunrise at Hurricane Ridge. Then we make our way to the Pacific coast, stopping to photograph at various locations, including Madison Falls and pristine, glacial Lake Crescent. We arrive at our Northwest-style lodge in time to settle in and for a sunset shoot on one of the most scenic coastlines of the Pacific Northwest. (BLD)

Day 5
We photograph the panoramas and details of the park’s west coast at both sunrise and sunset; capturing iconic images of the lichen and moss-draped temperate Hoh Rain Forest and the low tides and ever-changing aspects of nearby Pacific beaches. (BLD)

Day 6
We work our way back to Port Angeles on the afternoon of Day 6. We’ll stop at scenic locations such as spectacular Marymere Falls, and for those who have interest, a return to the lavender farms of Sequim. Food options are limited in this area, and we will have box lunches to maximize our time in the field. We’ll return to Hurricane Ridge for a final sunset photography experience. (BLD)

Day 7
After breakfast, we return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport today for flights home. Please schedule your flight departures for no earlier than 2 PM. (B)

 Van Os Photo Safaris is an Authorized Permittee of the US National Park Service

Tour Highlights

  • Photograph wildlife in vibrant alpine wildflower meadows
  • Explore photogenic and iconic Northwest temperate rain forests draped in moss and lichen
  • Shoot dramatic mountain and coastal seascapes
  • Photograph lavender fields in peak season along the way
  • Trip limited to 7 participants
  • Includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, national park fees, photo guide and instruction

Testimonials

Having an experienced guide who is familiar with the local conditions was valuable…we got to photograph many of the best areas in Olympic National Park. Very successful trip.
— Terry W.

I am a beginning photographer. Our tour leader bolstered my self-confidence to try different things; she figured out some less-than-obvious aspects of my camera, and taught me several new skills.
— Kathy H.

The tour to Olympic National Park presented an amazing variety of landscapes from various beaches with sea stacks, tidal pools and boulders, to a beautiful rain forest and mile-high mountain (Hurricane Ridge) with spectacular views. Our tour leader was terrific – offering guidance when asked; suggesting vantage points and working constantly to be sure the group’s needs were met. Highly recommended.
— Denise R.

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