FAVORITE DAY TRIPS
The Olympic Peninsula is one of the few places on earth where you can visit 3 major biomes – alpine tundra, temperate rainforest, and coastal beach – all in a single day. (We recommend three to five days – there’s lots more to see and do.)
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Our “Bucket List” day trip starts with a visit to Hurricane Ridge and a legendary view of the Olympic Mountains. From there, you’ll head to the shore of Lake Crescent. Then it’s a short hop to Ancient Groves, the northern edge of the Hoh Rain Forest. Finally head up to Cape Flattery, the northwest-most point of the contiguous United States overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Our “MOUNTAIN” day trip includes taking in the view at Hurricane Ridge, checking out 3-mile long Ediz Hook sand spit, spotting wildlife returning to the Elwha River, taking a short walk to 90-foot tall Madison Falls and tasting some amazing Washington wines.
Our “FOREST” day trip includes exploring tidepools at the Marine Life Sanctuary, hiking the Spruce Railroad Trail along the shore of Lake Crescent, checking out Marymere Falls, strolling through Ancient Groves, in Hoh Rainforest and trekking out to Sol Duc Falls.
Our “BEACH” day trip includes hiking through the forest to Cape Flattery, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Tatoosh Island with its 66 foot-tall lighthouse and driving along the coast for an envigorating hike out to the rugged beauty of Shi Shi Beach.
Our “FARM” day trip includes visiting a lavender farm, strolling across Railroad Bridge, feeding llama and bison from your car, and meandering through a wildlife refuge to the longest natural sand spit in the western hemisphere, home of the Dungeness Lighthouse.pit.
Our “ISLAND” day trip includes taking the Coho Ferry to Victoria, B.C., visiting the famous Butchart Gardens and having high tea, checking out the newest exhibit at the world class Royal B.C. Museum, touring the majestic B.C. Legislature and grand Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Finally, if you’re visiting December through March, our “WINTER” day trip offers a full day excursion that can be enjoyed even with the shorter days and reduced access to the National Park. There’s still plenty to do and see, and fewer visitors at this peaceful time of year.
(Bonus for 2022 – Our Bike Map shows how to access the Discovery Trail, a 2 minute ride to the renowned pathway across the Peninsula.)
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