From Port to National Park, Washington's Olympic Peninsula offers up Adventure
The ports and small towns of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula give way to awe-inspiring natural beauty, fresh and sustainable local cuisine, and many new adventures. This road trip gives travelers a brief taste of the Olympic Peninsula’s hidden wonders.
Day 2: Follow the road (or Olympic Discovery Trail) through Sequim and inhale the lavender fields’ aromas on the way to Port Angeles. After some java at Blackbird Café, take an underground tour of downtown. In the afternoon join Adventures through Kayaking for a paddling tour of Freshwater Bay or head up to Hurricane Ridge for a close up view of the Olympic peaks.
Day 3: Get up early and head to Neah Bay. After a hike through the Makah’s forest to see the sea spires off Cape Flattery head back through town to the Makah Culture and Research Center to learn more about the area’s history and people. Hop back on the trail and head to Forks. Pitch a tent on Second or Third Beach for an unforgettable night’s sleep.
Day 4: Pack up camp and head to the Forks Coffee Shop for a hearty breakfast worthy of the town’s healthy logging population. Waddle back to your car and get back on the road to the Hoh Rainforest. Sitka spruces, western hemlocks, and wild salmon await your wandering eyes. Perhaps you’ll glimpse a black bear or elk as well. Next check out the glimmering sands of Ruby Beach. Check in to Kalaloch Lodge and watch the waves crash into the cliffs below. Maybe you’ll catch a spectacular storm on its way in from the sea.
Day 5: After breakfast at the Lodge, hop on Highway 101 and head for the Quinault Reservation and Quinault Lake Lodge. Enjoy a day of relaxation playing chess or snuggling in a comfy leather loveseat by the fireplace. The lodge offers stunning views of its namesake lake and rainforest. If it’s warm enough venture to the forest trails or an adirondack chair on the mini-meadow.
Day 6: As you head back to your starting port, stop along the way to take in the natural majesty of the Pacific Ocean and Olympic National Park. Pick up some local produce and smoked salmon for a picnic by the sea. There will be plenty more awaiting your return.
Media Contact: Amy Shadell, 970-568-7423, Amy@adventuremedianews.com, www.olympicpeninsula.org, Photos Available. Click here for Olympic Peninsula Visitors Bureau media kit.
Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau
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