Located south of Lake Crescent at the foot of the Olympic Mountains, this collection of cabins is one of my favorites in park boundaries. This is in large part due to the onsite hot springs pools (perfect for a soothing soak after a day on the trails), as well as a location that's much more remote than the other park lodges, near the end of the road in the Sol Duc Valley about 12 miles from busy U.S. 101. The location is ideal for day hikers, with trails emanating from a peaceful spot along the Sol Duc River leading to waterfalls and beyond, deep into the park's interior. Sleeping up to four guests, the cabins are relatively modern by national-park standards and many have kitchens, but the décor is spare and the furnishings are a bit dated. The exception is the deluxe three-bedroom River Suite, one of the nicest rooms in the park, with hardwood floors and much more style. The soaking pool is open to the public ($12.25 adults, $9.25 children 4–12, free for kids under 4); room rates include unlimited pool access for resort guests.
- Eric Peterson