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The Olympic Peninsula and Washington Coast Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Olympic Peninsula and Washington Coast Vacation

Wilderness envelops most of the Olympic Peninsula, an unrefined and enchanting place that promises craggy, snowcapped peaks, pristine evergreen forests, and driftwood-covered coastlines. This is a wonderland where the scent of saltwater and pine hang in the air and the horizon sometimes seems to make the entire world appear to be shades of blue and green. Historic lighthouses, seaports,

and tidal pools trim its shores and a majestic mountain range rises up from its heart.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Soak up the scene in Port Townsend Washington's Victorian seaport is home to artists, boat lovers, and foodies as well as festivals celebrating everything from American fiddle tunes and films to wooden boats.
  2. Explore the past at Fort Worden State Park Strategically situated on the northernmost point of the Quimper Peninsula, this old military fort features a marine science center, historic lighthouse, artillery museum, abandoned bunkers, and beaches.
  3. Inhale the aroma of lavender Pick your own in the fields surrounding Sequim, which grow an abundance of this fragrant herb.
  4. Meet the Makah Exhibits at the impressive Makah Cultural Center complex display authentic scenes of early life in the Northwest.
  5. Enjoy the great outdoors at Hurricane Ridge Drive to the top of this spectacular ridge for splendid summer hikes and winter snow sports.

When To Go

When to Go

Visitors trek to the Olympic Peninsula year-round, but summer is prime touring time for this outdoor-lovers' paradise. June through September, w...

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