Olympic National Park is on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The park sprawls across several different ecosystems, from the dramatic peaks of the Olympic Mountains to old-growth forests. The summit of glacier-clad Mt. Olympus is popular with climbers, and numerous hiking and backpacking trails cut through the park’s rainforests and along its Pacific coastline. With 95% of the park designated as wilderness and an absence of human-caused light, Olympic is a perfect place to experience natural darkness and the splendor of our natural lightscape. The park also offers night sky programs. For information, see the website.
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