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Olympic Peninsula

Rising from the Olympic Peninsula is a range of snow-covered mountains, and the highest peak is Mount Olympus (named by an English explorer in 1788 who thought this mountain was beautiful enough to be named after Mount Olympus in Greece, home of the gods). A large chunk of the Olympic Peninsula is devoted to Olympic National Park, where kids can run through misty rain forests, swim in sparkling lakes, explore tide pools at the beach, and hike through alpine meadows.
    Olympic National Park
    Port Angeles - Sequim
    Northwest Coast
    Hood Canal
family hotels olympic peninsula washington

There's lots of fun things to do with kids on the Olympic Peninsula , but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, in towns that are comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

Olympic Peninsula family hotels
kids books
     
The Tree  
The Tree
Dana Lyons, David Danioth

“For eight hundred years I have lived here, through wind, the fire and the snow.” Lyrical story of a Douglas fir, watching the salmon return every summer and young owls learning to fly, the river flowing nearby, the wind carrying its song. Gorgeous illustrations capture the enchantment of the Pacific rain forest. (Picture book)

 

     
Salmon Creek
Annette LeBox, Karen Reczuch

Beautifully illustrated story of a coho salmon egg that hatches in fall, swims down river to the ocean in the spring, and returns to the creek to lay her own eggs. (Picture book)

 

 
Salmon Creek - kids books British Columbia
     
Otters - kids books British Columbia  
Otters
Adrienne Mason, Nancy Gray Ogle

All about those sea otters that live in the waters around the Olympic Peninsula. Find out why otters keep clean (to stay warm), how they move (they use their tail like a paddle to steer), how they eat (in the water, floating on their back). (Picture book)

 

     
Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?
Jennifer Blomgren, Andrea Gabriel

A seed in the forest grows into a fir tree two hundred feet tall. The tree is home to salamanders and bears under the roots, birds and bats, lichen and mosses, pine martens, spotted owls, flying squirrels on its branches, and white butterflies in the upper boughs. Sparkling illustrations. (Picture book)

 

 
Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?
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