Olympic National Park encompasses nearly a million acres, protecting “a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline.”
As if this isn’t amazing enough, there’s the Hoh River Trail which includes One Square Inch of Silence, a destination thought to possibly be the quietest place in the United States. What a nice way to chill out after your busy (and loud) wedding right?!
One Square Inch is an independent research project and has been called one of the most desirable destinations for aural solitude by Forbes Traveler, MSN and Yahoo, among others. The exact location of One Square Inch is marked by a small red-colored stone placed on top of a moss-covered log at 47° 51.959N, 123° 52.221W, 678 feet above sea level.
Beyond the coolness that is One Square Inch, Olympic National Park is packed with beautiful sights and fun activities if you’re interested in an eco-friendly, nature soaked honeymoon. Some perks of Olympic National Park:
- The largest virgin temperate rain forest in the western hemisphere.
- The largest intact stand of coniferous forest in the contiguous 48 states.
- 57 miles of spectacular coastline plus tons of offshore islands to explore.
- Mountain slopes, alpine parklands, glacier-capped mountains, twelve major rivers, 200 smaller streams, over 1200 higher plants, over 300 species of birds and over 70 species of mammals, so basically enough goodies to please any eco-traveler.
Activities abound in this beautiful park, including…
- Paddling and motor boating
- Mountain climbing
- Encounter wildlife in the wilderness
- Star gazing
- Ski, snowshoe, and climb during the winter months
This is just a small sampling above. You could spend days here and never run out of new things to see.
You can camp and rough it, but hey, it is your honeymoon. If you’d rather not stay in a tent, lodging accommodations are available seasonally inside the park at Lake Crescent Lodge, Log Cabin Resort, and Sul Duc Hot Springs Resort, and year-round at Kalaloch Lodge.
Of course you can easily find other accommodations in communities outside the park.
All images via National Park Service (NPS)