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Washington State's Olympic Peninsula
Watch short 30 second video on ascent of Mt. Olympus to visit The Home of the Gods
Mt. Olympus - Home of the Gods
- What do the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and the Olympic Games
of Greece have in common?
- Each has its tallest mountain named Mount Olympus, which is known as the
"home of the gods." Each has a beautiful city named Olympia, which
hosts Olympic events. Each is committed to the promotion of the Olympic games
and recreational sports. Each is a tourist destination which attracts visitors
to festivals and outdoor recreation.
- Nearly 3000 years ago the original Olympic games began in Greece. They were
a civic and religious spectacle dedicated to Zeus, whose temple at Mt. Olympus
was a major tourist attraction, one of The Seven Wonders of the World.
- The festival was held at holy Olympia, in an idyllic valley under the shadow
of Mt. Olympus. As many as 40,000 spectators came from all corners of the
Mediterranean. Foot race finalists lined up to compete for the title of "fastest
man in the world". Running, leaping, discus and javelin throwing were
the featured events of the original Olympics. The multitude slept on the ground,
worshipped, feasted, drank wine and cheered.
- Modern day tourism on the Olympic Peninsula combines the sense of adventure
and travel reminiscent of the early travelers who journeyed to see The Seven
Wonders of the World and who trekked every four years to the Olympic festivals
- Visitors to the peninsula travel around Olympic National Park, a World Heritage
site, to visit natural landmarks designated as "The Seven Wonders of
the Olympic Peninsula." The seven are Mount Olympus, Hood Canal, Protection
Island, Dungeness Spit, Tatoosh Island, Olympic Rain Forests and Grays Harbor.
- The Olympic Peninsula has a legacy of names tied to the ancient culture
of Greece. Mt. Olympus, the highest peak of the Olympic mountain range did
not receive its name from a "name that mountain" contest. The name
is the result of the inspiration of Captain John Meares, who in 1788 named
it with the following exclamation. "If that not be the home where dwell
the gods, it is certainly beautiful enough to be, and I therefore will call
it Mt. Olympus."
- Twenty-five mountain peaks on Mount Olympus are named for Greek, Roman and
Norse gods. The local native Americans believed that the mountain was the
home of their most important god, Thunderbird.
- Visitors to the Olympic Peninsula participate in recreational activities
similar to the Olympic games, such as running, hiking, rowing and swimming.
Events are promoted that encourage visitor participation.
- The "wonder" of the Olympics is the sense of awe travelers experience
as they gaze at Mount Olympus from Hurricane ridge. It is a sense of exhilaration
felt as visitors breath in the fresh air of Dungeness Spit extending miles
out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Each of the seven Olympic wonders offers
visitors its own reward -- an enjoyable visit and unforgettable memories.
OTHER WEB SITES WITH INFORMATION ON OLYMPIC PENINSULA
Official Olympic Peninsula Guide Published by Youra Guides and Maps. Excellent links to Olympic Information.
Olympic National Park Guide Information directly from Olympic National Park headquarters.
Olympic Peninsula Map Best Map.
Olympic Peninsula Travel Association OPTA.
Olympic Peninsula Resort and Hotel Assoc. OPRHA.
OlyPortal.com access to lots of links.
DISCLAIMER: This web site is not associated with, nor sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee or International Olympic Committee. The word "Olympic" is used on this website with the permission of U.S. Code: Title 36: Section 220506 : (3)(B) "use of word 'Olympic' refers to the naturally occurring mountains or geographical region; and" (3)(C) "marketed in the State of Washington west of the Cascade Mountain range, and operations and marketing outside of this area are not substantial."