From mountains to temperate rain forests to beaches and more, Washington's Olympic Peninsula has much to offer.
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Beginning an hour north of Aberdeen begins an adventure.There are ocean views, whales (in season), temperate rain forests, rushing streams and some great lodges. Driving is easy in low season and it does not rain all the time. Take a rain jacket but rain fail...More
A must see. I would suggest taking late April because it is not crowded. My wife and I really enjoyed the drive and scenery. We started out in Seattle and drove around the Peninsula and then down the cost to Big Sur in California.
We drove up and back from Portland, OR and around the peninsula in three days, early April, with sunshine for three days. It was busy, and we only saw bits. Hurricane Ridge drive was amazing, but the clouds were heavy. By the time we reached...More
We took a ferry from Vancouver Island and drove to Kalaloch Lodge for two nights. There were so many and varied sights on the Olympic peninsula, we were sorry we did not have more time there. The coastal areas, the rain forest and the stunning...More
Spent Labor Day weekend hiking the Oly Pen route from Cape Alava to Point of Arches. The last day between Seafield and the Point was extremely difficult. Their are headlines that have to be climbed over because they cannot be rounded due to the tides....More
After nearly 20 years of promising ourselves to do it, we finally made our drive around the Olympic Peninsula. Several things surprised us. One was simply the distances - 575 miles for the loop from our Bainbridge Island home, and much of it comparatively slow...More
The Olympic Peninsula is a stunning place and ideal for people who wish to explore nature and see an amazing variety of natural sights - forests, mountains, lakes, coastal areas... and maybe particularly for people who want to do this in a less touristic place...More