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The 9 Best Airbnbs Near Olympic National Park, Washington

by K.C. Dermody

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Olympic National Park is home to everything from jagged mountain peaks and wild, rugged beaches to lush forests, cascading waterfalls, misty cliffs and over 250 glaciers.

Fun fact: did you know the 2.6-mile-long Blue Glacier on Mount Olympus is estimated to be the size of 20 trillion ice cubes?

There are miles and miles of hiking trails to explore, sparkling lakes to swim in or paddle, boat, and fish on, and hot springs just waiting for you to dip your feet in.

For wildlife enthusiasts, this park is a haven, with an abundance of animals from Roosevelt elk and mountain goats to black-tailed deer, bears, and even whales during the migration seasons. Birdwatchers will want to keep an eye out for bald eagles, black oystercatchers, northern pygmy owls, and practically an endless number of other feathered creatures – the park is home to some 300 different bird species.

Of course, if you’re looking for airbnbs near Olympic National Park, you’ll find some outstanding options, both budget-friendly and luxurious. Whether you’re looking for a place near the beach, a lake, or nestled in the rainforest, you’ll find it on the list below.

1. Thompson Point

Thompson Point Olympic National Park
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Why you should stay: A lakefront stay with spectacular views — did you see this photo?

  • Nearest town: Lake Crescent area (in Olympic National Park)
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $215/night

Thompson Point sits in the heart of Olympic National Park along the crystal-clear sapphire waters of Lake Crescent. Relax, grill your dinner, and enjoy al fresco dining on the wrap-around deck against the spectacular mountain and lake view. When you want to be active, leap in for a swim, paddle out on a kayak, or fish for Beardslee trout (native only to Lake Crescent.) You’ll be close to myriad hiking trails, including short-but-sweet treks like the .8-mile route to Marymere Falls, meandering from the Storm King Visitor Center through a vibrant green canopy of moss-draped trees.

Inside the home are an abundance of large lake-facing windows for natural light and spectacular views, along with a well-equipped kitchen for preparing your own meals. As there’s no Wi-Fi and cell signals are iffy, it’s the perfect place to disconnect from the ‘real’ world and immerse yourself in nature.

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2. Storm King Retreat

Storm King Retreat airbnb
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Why you should stay: A lakefront home in the park with plenty of water toys included.

  • Nearest town: Lake Crescent area (in Olympic National Park)
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $520/night

Also located on Lake Crescent inside of the park, Storm King Retreat has everything you need for a relaxing and active stay. It comes with a boat house, two docks, two kayaks, a paddle boat, two paddle boards, floaties, and lifejackets in a variety of sizes for kids and adults. After a day of play, come back and enjoy gathering around the outdoor fire pit roasting marshmallows. The well-stocked kitchen even includes graham crackers and marshmallows for your s’more-making pleasure.

The roomy three-bedroom home has lots of extra-special touches like kids’ dishes and toys along with all the essentials, including a TV, Wi-Fi and a washer/dryer.

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3. Compass Rose House

compass rose house
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Why you should stay: A hot tub with Olympic Mountain views in an ideal location just a few minutes from the park.

  • Nearest town: Port Angeles
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $179/night

The Compass Rose House sits on over 25 acres of lush lupine meadows, shared with just two other vacation rental homes. It provides a secluded feel along with spectacular Olympic Mountain views you’ll enjoy while soaking in the soothing hot tub. Keep an eye out for frequent visitors like bald eagles, blue herons, and deer. You’ll be just minutes from the park for access to miles and miles of scenic trails and other recreational activities, yet close to popular towns on the Olympic Peninsula for shopping and dining.

Warm and welcoming with a homey feel, the cabin has an open-concept living space with a cozy fireplace, a well-stocked kitchen, cable TV, Wi-Fi and laundry facilities.

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4. Art Studio Guesthouse

Art Studio Guesthouse olympic airbnb
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Why you should stay: A colorful base for exploring Hurricane Ridge and Lake Crescent.

  • Nearest town: Port Angeles
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $105/night

Nestled in the Olympic foothills on 10 acres of pasture and forest, this colorful, artsy studio is one of the most ideal airbnbs near Olympic National Park for adventuring, close to both Hurricane Ridge and Lake Crescent. Enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, and water sports, with shopping and dining nearby.

The cozy art studio guesthouse boasts enticing outdoor living spaces, including a small front porch and a large gassy pasture with a picnic table tucked under fir and maple trees. You can even pick your own apples and enjoy fresh-pressed apple juice from the apple trees. It includes a full kitchen, Wi-Fi and picturesque garden just outside the window – be sure to open it and let the scent of fresh flowers in. ,

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5. Woodland Cottage

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Why you should stay: A cottage inside Olympic National Park near the Quinault Rainforest and Pacific Ocean.

  • Nearest town: Quinault Rainforest area (in Olympic National Park)
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $165/night

Enjoy peace and tranquility in the secluded Woodland Cottage away from the crowds and near the hiking trails in the Quinault Rainforest. It’s also just a short drive from the wild, driftwood-strewn beaches along the Pacific. While set within a gorgeous wilderness area, the high-tech cabin provides modern comforts, with outstanding Wi-Fi, a security system, cable TV and excellent water pressure. You’ll have opportunities for wildlife watching right outside your door, including the occasional elk herd.

Your welcoming host goes above and beyond, providing plenty of special touches and outstanding communication from start to finish. Wine, toiletries, ingredients for s’mores, and a firepit with wood all come standard as part of this charming rental. It’s not super fancy on the inside, but it’s quite comfortable and a great price for a three-bedroom Airbnb not just near, but in, Olympic National Park.

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6. Timber Haven

timber haven
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Why you should stay: Play on Lake Quinault while enjoying outstanding indoor and outdoor living spaces

  • Nearest town: Lake Quinault area (in Olympic National Park)
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $325/night

The newer Timber Haven home boasts a magnificent view of the mountains surrounding Lake Quinault from inside the park. It includes a deck that runs the full length of the house, perfect for unwinding while watching bald eagles soar above the lake and perch in the trees along the shoreline. The deck includes a BBQ grill for outdoor cooking, a propane heater, and patio furniture for al fresco dining. You’ll be just a two-minute walk from the sparkling water and a beach where you can swim and dig your toes in the sand.

Inside, enjoy a full kitchen, dining room and living area, all with spectacular views. Wi-Fi and cable TV are included, too.

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7. Oceanfront Olympic Cabin

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Why you should stay: A too-darn-cute cabin with your own private stretch of wild beach.

  • Nearest town: Forks
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $275/night

This two-story cabin nestled in the trees sits on 23 private acres and offers 1,200 feet of exclusive beach access with fantastic views of the Pacific inside the coastal section of the park. You’ll be perfectly situated for strolls on the beach and hiking in the Olympic National Forest. Guests rave about its location, amenities, and the host.

“This place is a wonderful, simple, cozy cabin with all the amenities right on the massive Olympic coast. The owners have created a thoughtful retreat with a path to the beach, fire pits and ocean outlooks on the well tended property. Incredible sunset watching from the outdoor lookouts and the second floor armchairs. All the amenities you would want. We had a great stay and would happily return. Thank you!’

Kaimy, Leesburg, VA

You’ll have Wi-Fi, a kitchen with the basic necessities for preparing your own meals, a washer/dryer, and TV, although with views like the ones this place offers, you won’t want to be staring at a screen.

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8. Waterfall Lane

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Why you should stay: An off-the-grid cabin close to Olympic beaches.

  • Nearest town: Forks
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $125/night

Located at the west end of the Olympic Peninsula just a few minutes from the rugged beaches in Olympic National Park, the riverfront Waterfall Lane cabin is a glamping retreat with creature comforts surrounded by nature. Enjoy an unplugged experience without Wi-Fi (although Verizon cell service is available,) admiring the picturesque scenery, and enjoying recreational activities. You’ll also have direct access to the Quillayute River for kayaking and canoeing.

The cabin includes a wood stove to keep you cozy and warm, a BBQ grill for cooking your meals, and a fire pit, along with folding tables and chairs. There’s limited solar power for lights and an AC plug for charging your phones, cameras and other gadgets, but you’ll need to bring your own bedding.

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9. The Ocean House at Moclips Beach

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Why you should stay: It’s both in the rainforest and on the beach. Nice.

  • Location: Moclips
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $350/night

The Ocean House offers an escape in a lush rainforest setting just steps from miles and miles of beach, accessed via a stairway through the trees.  Popular year-round, it’s ideal for playing on the sand during the warmer months and spectacular storm watching in the winter, with views of the waves and sunsets from every window. You’ll be close to the Lake Quinault area, including Beaches 1 through 4 in the park, as well as the town of Seabrook for dining out.

Look forward to luxurious amenities in this architectural gem with everything from heated wooden floors to excellent Wi-Fi to a stocked kitchen with a Nespresso machine – and a welcome bottle of wine.

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Plan Your Olympic National Park Trip

  • Hike to one of the park’s most photogenic waterfalls, Sol Duc Falls. The hike is less than a mile and goes to 50-foot-high cascades often featured on postcards and screen savors.
  • Soak in the hot springs at Sol Duc Hot Springs resort or hike to the more remote and private Olympic Hot Springs.
  • Learn more about life in the rainforest with a ranger-led hike.
  • Marvel at Makah petroglyphs, spectacular beach scenery, and wildlife on the 9.4-mile Ozette Triangle Loop hike.
  • Explore Lake Crescent in a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, all available for rent through Lake Crescent Lodge.
  • Take a scenic drive to Hurricane Ridge to watch for wildlife like mountain goats, marmots, black-tailed deer, and bobcat. In the winter, there’s a small, family-friendly resort for skiing without the crowds.
  • Explore tide pools and capture photos of what’s often ranked as one of the world’s most stunning wild beaches, Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches, where waves violently crash against rock formations just offshore.
  • Visit the Rainforest Arts Center in Forks to see the world’s largest collection of props and costumes from the “Twilight” movies in the Forever Twilight in Forks Collection.

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