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Focus on the Olympic Peninsula

Posted February 21st 2017 in Latest News, News and Updates,

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Washington State has three incredible, easily accessible, National Parks sited in different directions from Seattle, Mount Rainier to the South East, North Cascades to the North East and Olympic to the North West. All three of these can be sampled in little more than a week, but for a better appreciation, we recommend several days in each. In this edition we focus on Olympic National Park.

Olympic National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, is the dominant feature of the Olympic Peninsula, with nearly one million acres of playground in rain forest valleys, alpine meadows and 73 miles of unmatched wilderness coastline. Almost encircling the Park is Olympic National Forest with another half-million acres of diverse and scenic forest to explore. Here is a Top Ten of places to visit on the Olympic Peninsula

1. Port Townsend – delightful Victorian seaport with its active arts community and nearby Fort Worden, historic home, blues festival site and museum.

2. Sequim –renowned for lavender products, the July Festival and proximity to Dungeness Spit, which has great views of Strait of Juan de Fuca and is famous for fine crabs.

3. Hurricane Ridge – 40 minutes’ drive into the mountains with spectacular views over the Strait, spring wildflowers and summer hiking.

4. Lake Crescent – deep turquoise blue glacial lake for walking, swimming, kayaking or canoeing.

5. Sol Duc Valley –hot springs resort, waterfall and cascades all deep in the forest, the cascades being a site for spotting salmon and bald eagles looking for lunch.

6. Forks – the setting for Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels.

7. Hoh Rain Forest – easily experienced from two short nature trails, this is the finest temperate rainforest in USA, where trees are festooned with mosses.

8. Ocean Beaches – Kalaloch is a great place for watching western gulls and bald eagles.  Ruby Beach is known for dramatic sea stacks and atmospheric scenery.

9. Lake Quinault – the Loop Drive offers an introduction to the area with good chances of seeing the massive Roosevelt elk.

10. Mount Walker – the scenic drive offers superb views east to Mount Rainier , Mount Baker and Puget Sound.

Further information can be found with a four-day itinerary on the Plan your Holiday page of the UK website.

Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau has invaluable, detailed information on the area.

 

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