Olympic National Park, Washington
Washington has a trio of knockout national parks: The North Cascades, Mount Rainer and Olympic National Park. The last is perhaps the loveliest... and the loneliest. Situated on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, visitors to this mysterious, isolated 922,000-acre wonderland can explore miles of rugged coastline that are ideal for beach backpacking, a dense temperate rain forest and, in the middle of it all, the snow-capped Olympic mountain range. Those easily spooked by extreme, primeval seclusion may want to opt to visit other parks; for those craving dramatic landscapes and even more dramatic quiet, the Olympics are the real deal.