Favorite Photo: Hoh Rainforest

Posted By Allison on Jun 18, 2012


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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park

Did you know that there is a rainforest in the continental United States? It is the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park in Washington State. Our family visited this scenic spot on a surprisingly sunny day in 2008. There is a short, but beautiful loop trail from the visitor’s center on which we navigated an umbrella stroller. I recommend the trail, but not the stroller if you can help it.

If you are a fan of the Twilight series, Forks is the town nearest the Hoh Rainforest. We stopped there for lunch on our way to the park. The first film was in the making at that time and while the town was not a hot tourist destination yet, the local diner did feature the Bella Burger.

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18 Comments

  1. I never knew that there was any rainforest in the States! What brought you to Washington? I never thought I would have a reason to visit there =p

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  2. I know, right? I expect to find rainforests in the Amazon or Africa, but not Washington State. However, the Hoh Rainforest is a real rainforest and it’s worth a visit. We were in the area for a family reunion, but we love the Pacific Northwest and don’t need much of a reason to head that direction. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Olympic National Park will always have a fond place in my heart because it was part of our first family trip that did NOT involve visiting relatives. It’s such a beautiful park. We enjoyed exploring the rainforest, beaches and alpine mountain areas.

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  4. I am ashamed to say I’ve lived mere hours from the Olympic Peninsula and never been to the rainforest. Tried to go last year but got called away for a business trip to China instead. Now just have to carve out the time to get there. No more excuses!

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  5. A rain forest in the US? I had no clue! The picture makes it look so wet and green 🙂

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  6. We lived in Hoquiam for 5 years and took hikes through the Olympic Rain Forest all the time – I loved it!

    Thanks for linking up this week!

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  7. It figures that if there was a rainforest in the U.S., it would be in Washington. It looks like a great place, but I think I’d prefer to visit during the pouring rain. Just to get (what I imagine would be) a real experience.

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    • Rain is definitely the “real” Pacific Northwest experience. You’ll get your wish for rain most days of the year, though after living in Portland, I learned that it drizzles more often than it pours in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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  8. A ‘bella burger’ haha that’s funny. What a beautiful photo. That mossy tree looks amazing, like something out of a fairy garden or the jurassic times.

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    • The Bella Burger had pineapple. Sometimes I’m up for that, but went with the standard cheeseburger that time. I’m sure that business has picked up a lot since we visited. Perhaps the whole menu has been renamed. We have several photos from Hoh, but I loved the mossy tree the best.

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    • I did not, but I had read the book, so it was interesting to see some of the places described and learn from the employee at Sully’s how the Twilight phenomenon had affected this tiny rural town.

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  9. I am dying to travel that way sometime in the next year. Maybe for our 10 year anniversary. I love forests and having an actual rain forest is awesome! I have never been that direction since we were children, you probably remember that family trip way better than me as a 4 year old. Can’t wait! I know who I’ll be asking for “tips”.

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    • The whole area is beautiful. We arrived on the Oregon Coast the next day and I can’t wait to go back.

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