The Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula

Just a short ferry ride to our west lies Washington's Olympic Peninsula. The nearby towns of Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles offer some larger city shopping (Costco) opportunities closer than Mount Vernon or Bellingham if you don't mind the ferry fees.
The Olympic National Park offers many distinct and varied regions of interest. (Park Map) The Park is home to the Olympic Mountains which provide the Shadow Of The Mountain effect that keeps our part of Whidbey Island drier and sunnier than other places in the region.

From Port Angeles it is about a 40 minute drive up to Hurricane Ridge. Take a few extra minutes and stop at the Scenic Overlooks along the way. During the winter months, the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is often buried in over ten feet of snow. Some of the nearby land has been scorched by fire, but recovery is well on it's way.

Make a reservation in advance and plan your trip to take advantage of watching the sunset as you enjoy a splendid meal at the Lake Crescent Lodge. The hot springs in the Sol Duc Valley and a stop at the Hoh Rainforest - one of America's largest temperate rainforests - round out the Park's major attractions.

Along the Pacific coast you will find Shi Shi and Rialto Beach.

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