Olympic National Park
The Olympic National Park lies on the Olympic Peninsula in the north-west of Washington State, which is bounded on the west by the Pacific, on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca (the Canadian frontier) and on the east by Puget Sound. On the peninsula is the largest and finest expanse of temperate rain forest in the western hemisphere, declared a National Monument in 1909.
The Hoh Rain Forest can be seen up close on foot, wandering one of the trails through the forest, or by road from the Hoh Valley up over the Blue Glacier.
Olympic Peninsula Scenic Drive
A good starting point for a motor tour of the park is the little harbour town of Port Angeles. The park is divided up into a narrow coastal strip 50 mi. long on the Pacific, and the main central area. The latter, with the adjoining National Forests to the west, north and east, is encircled by the 330 mi. long Olympic Peninsula Scenic Drive (US 101), from which side roads, partly asphalted, lead off into the central area, or towards the coast.
The U.S. 101 passes by Lake Crescent, a delightful mountain lake, 20 mi. west of Port Angeles. A road runs along the south side of the lake to the Marymere Falls, which plunge down from a height of 90 ft. 2 mi. further on, a 12 mi. long side road branches off to Sol Duc Hot Springs, where visitors can bathe in the hot springs.
The town of Forks is located on the Olympic Peninsula and is the main hub for the surrounding area. The whole area around Forks is very scenic, with driving tours, hiking opportunities, waterfalls, and hotsprings. The town makes a nice base from which to explore the region.
Forks Timber Museum
Neah Bay, Washington
Neah Bay is a small community located on the far northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, on the Strait of Juan da Fuca.
Makah Cultural and Research Center
Located in Neah Bay, Makah Cultural & Research Center works towards preserving the Makah language offering various programs. The Center also operates the Makah Museum, which features a permanent collection of artifacts related to Makah history.
Address: Highway 112 & Bay View Avenue, Box 160, Neah Bay, WA 98357, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Senior over 62 $4.00, Students $4.00, Military discount $4.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Soleduck Hatchery Interpretive Center, Sappho, Washington
Sappho is located at the northwestern corner of Olympic National Park. If you are passing through this area one of the attractions worth visiting is the Soleduck Hatchery Interpretive Center.
Sol Duc Hot Springs
The Sol Duc Hot Springs are located on the Olympic Peninsula. The Sol Duc Hot Springs resort features modern pools and simple cabins next to a scenic river if guests wish to spend a night. Visitors can also come for just a swim in the pools.
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