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There is no place on earth like Olympic National Park. Where else can you hike through an Alpine meadow in the morning, meander through a rainforest in the afternoon, and watch a Pacific coast sunset in the evening? While it’s certainly a land of extremes, it’s also a diverse ecosystem that beckons explorers and outdoor entusiasts. This dramatic landscape on the Olympic Peninsula includes more than 60 named glaciers, 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, 70 miles of undeveloped coastline, 64 trailheads, and 16 developed campgrounds.
Camping is a great way to immerse yourself in Olympic National Park, but you can also have a thoroughly outdoor experience without sleeping on the ground. Why not turn your Olympic National Park visit into a one-of-a-kind glamping vacation that you’ll remember forever? Whether you’re visiting Olympic National Park for a weekend getaway or a week of non-stop adventures, glamping near Olympic National Park allows you to explore the park all day and have an immersive outdoor experience at night without sleeping all the ground.
- Getting to Olympic National Park
- What Exactly is Glamping?
- When is the Best Time for Olympic National Park Glamping?
- A Few Tips for Glamping Near Olympic National Park
- The Most Incredible Olympic National Park Glamping for Your Next Adventure
- Olympic Mountains Tiny House in Sequim, Washington
- Luxurious Glamping Tent Near Port Angeles, Washington
- Mick’s Yurt at HOH Rainforest Resort in Forks, Washington
- Tiny Riverfront Home in Forks, Washington
- Renovated Tour Bus in Port Angeles, Washington
- Glamping Bubble Tent in Hoodsport, Washington
- Luxurious Waterfront Treehouse in Port Angeles, Washington
- Heated Yurt in Sequim, Washington
Getting to Olympic National Park
First, let’s get some of the logistics out of the way. Unless you live within a few hours of Olympic National Park, the easiest way to get there is to fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is about two hours from the eastern border of Olympic National Park. From there, we recommend renting a car to Explore Olympic National Park. The park encompasses nearly a million acres and there are very few roads into the heart of the park.
Most destinations can be reached via U.S. Highway 101, which circumnavigates the Olympic Peninsula, but it’s important to plan ahead so you can maximize your time exploring within the park and minimize driving time. Here’s an overview of the mileage between popular sites within Olympic National Park.
Renting a car will give you the most flexibility, as the majority of these glamping properties require a drive to and from Olympic National Park. We have found some great deals for car rentals on Discover Cars, which searches for and compares the prices of dozens of rental companies in one place. We have found unbelievable deals on car rentals using this platform.
If you have extra time on the Olympic Peninsula before or after exploring Olympic National Park, we highly recommend checking out the Victorian Seaport of Port Townsend.
What Exactly is Glamping?
Once you try glamping, you may never go back to tent camping again. Actually, we still love regular old camping but we’ve totally been bit by the glamping bug. Glamping embraces everything you love about camping — campfires, smores, endless starry skies, and a nice dose of wilderness, without the things you could do without — shivering through the night and trying to wash dishes in the backcountry.
When glamping, you almost always get a cozy bed with real sheets, as well as some sort of kitchen. Depending on the glamping site you pick, you may also be treated to luxuries like Wi-Fi, indoor plumbing, and some sort of heat source.
When is the Best Time for Olympic National Park Glamping?
While Olympic National Park is beautiful in all four seasons, we recommend visiting between July and September to avoid heavy rains and most unpredictable weather events. The amount of rainfall you can expect varies dramatically from place-to-place within Olympic National Park, but no matter where you decide to hang your hat during your visit, you can expect less rain in the summer months.
Want to avoid the crowds of summer visitors? Plan your Olympic National Park glamping trip for early September, after most schools are back in session.
A Few Tips for Glamping Near Olympic National Park
There are a few downsides to glamping over camping in Olympic National Park. First of all, the campgrounds in Olympic National Park are very close to the best park attractions. The glamping spots on our list will require a drive. Also, campsites in Olympic National Park are very affordable, ranging from totally free at Dosewallips Campground to $24 a night at most other campgrounds. Here are a few more tips for glamping near Olympic National Park:
- Glamping is way more luxurious than camping, and there’s a good chance you won’t need any camping gear, but be sure to read the listing carefully so there aren’t any unpleasant surprises. Does your glamping spot have a bed with linens included or do you need to bring a sleeping bag? Is there a shower? A kitchen? A fancy espresso maker?
- Hook yourself up with an America the Beautiful Pass! If you’re planning to visit several national parks this year, we recommend getting an America is Beautiful National Parks Pass. You can use your pass at more than 2,000 National Park sites and 10% of the proceeds are donated to the National Park Foundation, helping to protect our parks. The average cost of admission to a single national park is $35, so the $80 park pass will pay for itself very quickly.
- Be prepared for rain. The Olympic Peninsula sees most of its rain between November and April, but even the summer can be wetter than would imagine, especially in the HOH and Quinault Rainforests. A good rain jacket is essential and worth its weight in gold.
- Pack lots of layers. The weather in Olympic National Park can vary from day-to-day. I recommend three solid layers – a long-sleeve wool shirt, an insulating layer, and a water/windproof layer so that you’re prepared for all types of weather conditions.
The Most Incredible Olympic National Park Glamping for Your Next Adventure
Ready to experience the best that Olympic National Park has to offer? Most of these glamping destinations are located around the perimeter of Olympic National Park. Before you book your stay, decide which part of the park you most want to visit and choose your spot accordingly.
Most of these spots are available on Airbnb, and cancellation policies can vary wildly from one vacation rental to the next. Read each policy carefully so you know what to expect if you have to make a last-minute cancellation, especially during this pandemic.
Olympic Mountains Tiny House in Sequim, Washington
This beautiful new tiny home is tucked in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains, just a short drive from both Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park. The home is located in Sequim – closest to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center within the park. The beautifully-decorated space includes two separate loft sleeping areas (with room for four guests), both with Tuft and Needle foam mattresses for cozy comfort. There is a full kitchen and a bathroom with a full-size shower. While this tiny home isn’t high-tech, it does include electricity, as well as a TV with a Blu-Ray player.
The tiny home is located in a picturesque valley atop a mountain surrounded by tall timber. The forest is filled with wildlife – coyotes, black bear, cougar, bobcat, wild geese, and bald eagles. Its a great spot to get away from it all, while still being closs to major attractions.
What we love about this tiny home: The thoughtfully-designed interior.
Something to consider: This home doesn’t have Wi-Fi, so plan on unplugging when you get here.
Luxurious Glamping Tent Near Port Angeles, Washington
This comfy glamping tent outside of Port Angeles is famous for its incredible views of both mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Salish Sea. The property is 15 minutes to downtown Port Angeles and 25 minutes to Olympic National Park & Hurricane Ridge. Inside the cozy tent, you will find a queen-size bed, solar power, a mini-fridge, and propane heat, but no running water. Drinking water is provided, and there is a porta-potty for getting down to business. Down comforters and wool blankets are provided to keep you warm.
Outdoors, you will have access to seven acres with lots of berries and wildlife, plus breathtaking views. The hosts provide a Jetboil stove and freshly-ground coffee too. It’s everything you need for a fun and comfortable night under the stars near Olympic National Park.
What we love about this Port Angeles glamping tent: The views are beyond compare!
Something to consider: To take advantage of fresh, local berries, visit in July or August.
Mick’s Yurt at HOH Rainforest Resort in Forks, Washington
This very popular, cozy yurt is located near the Calawah River in the town of Forks, just a short drive from the HOH Rainforest. There is a queen-sized memory foam bed, a loveseat with an ottoman, and lots of throw blankets and extra pillows for comfort and warmth. Extra comforts include electricity, a propane heater, a coffee/tea bar, and luxury bedding.
You won’t find running water inside the yurt, but there is are hot outdoor showers, an indoor bathhouse, and a sauna for you to enjoy. An outdoor kitchen is available, plus a firepit, and fish-cleaning station (the Calawah River is a great spot to fish).
What we love about this yurt in Forks: Great location near the river and a sauna!
Something to consider: There are other yurt rentals nearby, so don’t expect a totally private glamping experience.
Tiny Riverfront Home in Forks, Washington
This riverfront tiny house in Forks includes all the comforts of home: a fully-equipped kitchen, sleeping for four people on a queen-size bed and a sofa bed, hot showers, an indoor fireplace, washer/dryer, and Wi-Fi. It’s a great spot for families with kids and is located within 30 minutes of some of the best destinations in Olympic National Park: the HOH Rainforest, Ruby Beach, and Rialto Beach.
An outdoor patio provides great views of the river, as well as lots and lots of wildlife, including elk and bald eagles. Public access to the river is available, and the fishing is fantastic. This one-of-a-kind property is the perfect home base for your explorations on the west side of Olympic National Park.
What we love about this tiny home: It’s right on the river!
Something to consider: Your hosts live on the property and are very happy to leave you be or get to know you better.
Renovated Tour Bus in Port Angeles, Washington
Welcome to Whiskey Creek Beach NW, located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Port Angeles. This is a camping resort that has lots of different lodging experiences, including cabins, cottages, tent sites, and a few unique accommodations like this Provost Private Coach. The resort is centrally located near several Olympic National Park entrances, great hiking trails, and awesome waterfalls.
The Prevost Private Coach has waterfront and mountain views. Full hook-ups mean you have water, electricity, hot showers, and a private bathroom. Enjoy the private fire pit, Adirondack chairs, and picnic table outdoors, and the beautifully renovated interior. Sleep on a queen-size bed in the master bedroom, cook up luxurious meals in the full-size kitchen, and relax in the spacious living room near the electric fireplace.
What we love about this cool glamping property: Easy access to the beach and Olympic National Park.
Something to consider: Outdoor lights are minimal, making for a beautiful night sky.
Glamping Bubble Tent in Hoodsport, Washington
Take stargazing to the next level in this cozy bubble tent with a clear roof in Hoodsport, right off of Highway 101 on the eastern edge of Olympic National Park. While farther away from the more popular destinations within the park, this property is very close to the Hood Canal, Lake Cushman, and national forest hiking trails.
The indoor space includes a premium air mattress, and luxury linens, as well as candle lamps and a lantern. It’s small and cozy inside, perfect for a couple. Outdoors you have your own .68 acres of fenced property, access to an organic veggie garden (in-season), a soaking tub and outdoor shower, a hammock for lounging, and a covered outdoor kitchen. There are a few private residences nearby, but this spot still feels very private.
What we love about this glamping tent: Watching the sunrise from bed!
Something to consider: If you visit during May or September, you may find the tent covered with an extra tarp to keep out the rain.
Luxurious Waterfront Treehouse in Port Angeles, Washington
Ready for a memorable glamping experience on the Olympic Peninsula? This gorgeous treehouse apartment overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views mean you may never want to leave this cozy sanctuary. A private porch provides great sunset views. This part of the treehouse is a small space for two and includes a queen a single bed, a hotplate, microwave, refrigerator, Keurig, and basic cooking supplies. There is a full private bathroom downstairs with a shower, toilet, and sink.
The treehouse apartment is attached to another rental, but the spaces are all very private. Outdoors, you will find yourself on a high bluff with scenic views and two separate fire pits for enjoying the outdoors. The treehouse is located near several great Olympic National Park destinations, including Sol Duc Hot Springs and Falls.
What we love about this Port Angeles treehouse: It’s a treehouse!
Something to consider: The kitchenette is perfectly adequate, but leave the gourmet meals at home.
Heated Yurt in Sequim, Washington
Stay in a cozy beautiful hand-painted Mongolian Yurt with a breathtaking view of the Olympic Mountains! This special hideaway provides the perfect place for you to explore the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park. This beautiful space is heated with an electric heater and a wood-burning stove to keep you warm. There is cold running water, a full-size bed, dresser, table and chairs, full-size couch, and refrigerator. There is an indoor composting toilet, but no shower.
The yurt is located on a one-acre lot with another home on the property. It’s a neighborhood setting, but has fantastic views of the mountains.
What we love about this glamping yurt: The cozy interior.
Something to consider: You will have to boil water if you want it hot for dishes or cleaning up.
Ready to explore more of the Olympic Peninsula? Do it in style at one of these beautiful Olympic National Park glamping retreats! We’ve got a few more posts to help you explore the Pacific Northwest:
- Exploring Sol Duc Valley in Olympic National Park
- The Quinault Rainforest in Olympic National Park
- The Best Things to do in Port Townsend, Washington
- Family Road Trip: North Cascades National Park
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