Time Required – 3 Day weekend, Weeklong Vacations
Distance from Seattle – ~100 Miles
Cost – $100-$200 PP
Activities – Hiking, Scenic Drives, Rain forest, Coastal Driving, Overnight Camping, Backpacking, Lavender Festival, Hot Springs.
When to go – Summer, Fall, Spring
Food – Pack your sack
Website – https://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm
Where to go – North West – Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, Neah Bay, Cape Flattery, Shi-Shi Beach. South West – Hoh RainForest, Forks, Ruby Beach, Rialto Beach, Lake Quinault.
To go to Hurricane Ridge and Lake Crescent, take the Kingston Ferry from Edmonds. Stay overnight in Port Angeles or at one of the NPS lodges – Lake Crescent or Log Cabin. Drive to Neah Bay to touch the west most point of United States at Cape Flattery and Hike down to Shi-Shi beach. There are many waterfalls in the area including Marymere falls, and Sol Duc falls along with the Sol Duc hot springs. To go to Ruby beach, you can either continue your journey down south through Forks from Lake crescent, or if you are going for a separate trip, you can drive down south from Seattle (this side doesn’t require a ferry). Stay at Kalaloch Lodge and enjoy the tidepools at low tide at either the kalaloch beach or Ruby beach. You will have to go early in the morning to experience the tidepools. From here, drive to Hoh Rain Forest to enjoy the green mossy trees throughout. There are ample of hikes in this area too to explore.