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The Hood Canal's protected waters are ideal for kayaking, beginners, novices, families, and seasoned paddlers alike. Many sheltered coves, bays, and inlets provide calm waters with serene beaches and beautiful landscapes. Popular launch sites include Pt. Whitney, Pleasant Harbor, Seal Rock Campground, Yelvik's Boat Ramp, Dosewallips State Park, and Triton Cove, among others. Broad Spit County Park is an undeveloped, boat-in only, “leave no trace” kayaking destination that permits camping on the east side of the Bolton Peninsula.
Hood Canal Quilcene, WA 98376
United States47° 49' 27.4728" N, 122° 52' 32.4264" W
Among the only protected temperate rain forests in the Northern Hemisphere, the Hoh Rain Forest is a not-to-be-missed attraction on the West Side of the Olympic Peninsula. Moisture-laden air from the Pacific brings an average of 140 inches of annual rainfall to the Hoh Valley,(record of 190 inches) in addition to condensed mist that contributes another 30 inches. Nineteen miles inland from Hwy 101 you’ll find the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.
Hoh Rainforest WA
As you near Neah Bay, look for tufted puffin nesting on the sea stacks from spring to early summer, and common murres perched on Tatoosh Island. Look in the water for bobbing sooty shearwaters. During the spring thousands of migrating hawks, including red-tail and sharp-shinned hawks, kettle over Cape Flattery before flying across the Strait to Vancouver Island. Occasionally, large flocks of 200 to 300 sandhill cranes entertain lucky observers with their graceful formations and mysterious trilling.
Cape Flattery Neah Bay, WA 98357
United States48° 21' 57.4344" N, 124° 36' 41.7744" W
To the west - Follow Hwy. 112 to Neah Bay and the Makah Indian Reservation where you will find a world-class cultural museum and the best smoked salmon ever!
West of Neah Bay at the tip of the Olympic Peninsula lies Cape Flattery, the most northwest point in the continental U.S. Walk the boardwalk to Cape Flattery. There are amazing views of ocean sea caves, Tatoosh Island's lighthouse and a fantastic marine wildlife viewing spot!