Exploring the Peninsula

Explore the Olympic Peninsula and experience the rich diversity that it has to offer. With its natural wonders and scenic beauty, this area has been romancing visitors for decades. Over the years, Colette’s guests have frequently commented that they wish they had planned to stay longer to explore and enjoy the peninsula. It is suggested that a minimum stay of three days is needed to truly appreciate and experience the Olympic Peninsula.

Within 20 – 30 minutes

Dungeness Wildlife Refuge & Dungeness Spit
Longest sand jetty in the US, dozens of species of birds, hike out to the lighthouse
Dungeness Recreation Area

Olympic Discovery Trail
Excellent walking, running and biking trails

Lavender Farms
Fragrant lavender fields and wonderful lavender products
Sequim Lavender Farmers Association
Sequim Lavender Growers Association

Olympic Peninsula Boutique Wineries
Several wineries offering daily tastings

Railroad Bridge Park
Dungeness River Audubon Center – bird watcher’s paradise

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
Exquisite art exhibits in a beautiful setting overlooking the city

Sequim Museum & Art Center
Features both natural and cultural exhibits

Port Angeles “Art on the Town”
Outdoor Sculpture Gallery Walking Tour – sculptures by 24 artists

Art Galleries
A number of fine artists reside in the area. Their work is displayed and sold in local galleries.

7 Cedars Casino
7 Cedars Casino offers table games, slots, poker, Keno, off track betting, televised sporting events along with a cabaret style venue

Art Feiro Marine Center
Touching tank, aquarium, marine life, lectures
www.feiromarinelifecenter.org

Olympic Game Farm
Collection of free roaming buffalo and other wild animals

John Wayne Marina
Boating access – voted “Best of the West” for small marinas

Within 30 minutes – 1 hour

Olympic National Park (ONP)
1,300 square miles of wilderness in the heart of the Olympic Mountains

Olympic National Park Headquarters and Visitor’s Center (ONP)
Excellent interpretive displays and videos about the park

Hurricane Ridge and Visitor’s Center (ONP)
Sweeping views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains
Washington Trails Association – Hiking Hurricane Ridge
Washington Trails Association – Snowshoeing Hurican Ridge

National Park Service – map and trail information.

Lake Crescent (ONP)
Beautiful and tranquil setting, fishing, boating, Marymere Falls and Spruce Railroad Trail (hiking and biking)
Washington Trails Assocation – Lake Crescent

Sol Duc Falls and Hot Springs (ONP)
Picturesque falls after .8 mile walk, 3 mineral pools
Washington Trails Association – Sol Duc Falls

Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary
Salt Creek Recreation Area and the Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary is world- famous for tidepool exploration. Tide pools with sea stars, anemones and sand beach access.

Within 1 – 2 hours

Victoria, British Columbia
(Car & Passenger Ferry from Port Angeles)
Butchart Gardens, Royal British Columbia Museum, afternoon tea, shopping. Valid passport required to travel to Canada.

Hoh Rain Forest (ONP)
120 inches of rain per year, only temperate rain forest in the U.S., giant trees, mosses, trails.
Washington Trails Association – Hiking South Fork Hoh River
Washinton Trails Association – Hiking Hoh river Trail

Rialto Beach / Pacific Beaches (ONP)
Spectacular sea stacks, rock arches, sand beaches
Washington Trails Association – Hiking Rialto Beach

Neah Bay/ Makah Tribe Cultural Center and Research Center (museum)
Northwest Indian artifacts – excavation of village at Ozette buried 500 years ago by a mudslide. Hike the 3.3 mile Shi Shi Beach Trail – one of the more spectacular hikes.

Lake Ozette / Cape Alva (ONP)
Beautiful 9 – mile hike to ocean beach, archaeological site
Washington Trails Association – Ozette Triangle – Cape Alva / Sand Point Loop

Cape Flattery & Neah Bay
Northwestern-most part of the conterminous USA, located on the Makah Reservation just past Neah Bay, wildlife, hiking
Washington Trails Association – Hiking Cape Flattery

Links

Port Angeles Visitors Guide – source for detailed information about area attractions and events, plus information about the history, people, and natural surroundings of Port Angeles, Washington.

Sequim Visitors Guide – source for detailed information about area attractions and events, plus information about the history, people, and natural surroundings of Sequim, Washington.

Forks Visitors Guide – source for detailed information about area attractions and events, plus information about the history, people, and natural surroundings of Forks, Washington.

Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula – Travel Planner

Experience Washington – Visitors Guide / Tourism

Stay in Washington – Visitors Guide / Tourism

Scenic Washington – Visitors Guide / Tourism

Olympic Peninsula Events

Olympic National Forest

Olympic National Park

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Washington State Parks

Twilight Resources in Forks, La Push, Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula

Official Web Site of the Quileute Native American Tribe and Reservation – The Quileute Nation is located in La Push Washington, on the rugged shores of the Pacific Ocean. The Quileute Tribe and the ghosts of their ancestors have lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years. Note: First Beach is located on the Quileute Reservation.

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