Olympic Peninsula, Washington State
Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula offers delightful landscapes to explore: alpine meadows, rainforest
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valleys and more than 70 miles of wild Pacific coastline. Enjoy small, friendly towns, scenic byways and magical waterfalls. Savor Olympic Coast Cuisine all along the way!
Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula is located in the northwest corner of Washington State, west of Seattle across the waters
of Puget Sound. The Peninsula is home to Olympic National Park, the United States’ third most-visited of the western National Parks with nearly a million acres and over 900 miles of hiking trails. In the center of the peninsula are the Olympic Mountains with 60 glaciers. To the west are the dense rainforest valleys where rainfall can approach 200 inches a year, and 73 miles of hikeable, pristine, Pacific coastline that is accessible by car in only a few places. In the rainshadow of the mountains, Sequim (‘Skwim’) enjoys the lowest annual rainfall in western Washington! The Peninsula is bordered to the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca with easy access to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and to the east by the Hood Canal, a 60-mile long glacier-carved fjord. US Hwy 101 encircles the Peninsula, touching towns and special places with access to many more. The entire Peninsula has a rural nature, with around 135,000 residents in a 3.5 million acre region, Port Angeles the largest town with around 20,000 people. The incredible array of waterfront, wilderness and wildlife make the Olympic Peninsula a nature lovers’ dream-come-true. Don’t miss the Strait of Juan de Fuca National Scenic Byway, the Victorian Seaport of Port Townsend, the glacier-carved Hood Canal, The Makah Museum and Cape Flattery and the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. Climate is mild year round, with highs rarely over 80 and infrequent, short-lived snowfalls.
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