Nature’s Champion Olympic National Park, National Geographic: Sol Duc River With Fall Foliage

Water flowing framed by colorful fall leaves.

Autumn hues of vine maples are reminiscent of an impressionist painting along the Sol Duc River in Olympic National Park. The river draws fishermen enticed by such species as Coho salmon, which fight through rapids, swimming more than 50 miles upstream to their spawning grounds. The park is more than 900,000 acres of three diverse ecosystems including mountains, temperate rain forest and Pacific coastline.

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