Barundy's New Itinerary

Eight Lighthouses on the Olympic Peninsula

Stop along the way and visit some of the historical lighthouses on the Olympic Peninsula.

POINT WILSON
Point Wilson marks the west entrance into the Puget Sound. It is the turning point from the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Admiralty Inlet.

Location

Olympic PeninsulaWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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VINCENT CREEK FALLS

The falls are viewed from the "High Steel Bridge", which crosses over 300 feet above the canyon floor.  The falls  dry out by mid summer the best time to visit is November to February when the Skokomish River basin receives heavy rainfall.

 

Location

VINCENT CREEK FALLS WA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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It's Time for Tidepooling!

Take time to discover and explore the miniature world of tide pools on the Olympic Peninsula's Pacific coastal and Strait of Juan de Fuca beaches. As breezes blow away the morning mist, you'll discover dozens of fascinating tide pools with sea stars and urchins and other critters scurring about in the tide pools.

Location

Ocean BeachesWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Salt Creek Recreation Area

With its stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Victoria BC, Salt Creek Recreation Area is the perfect setting for exploration and discovery.  Salt Creek is home to some of the most exceptional tide pools in the Northwest.  Come during low tide and you'll see starfish, sea cucumbers, crabs, sea anemones, and urchins among the plentiful sea life on display.  Many of these tide pools are located at the Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary (which is underwater at high tide). 

Location

Salt Creek Recreation Area
Camp Hayden Road
Port Angeles, WA
United States
48° 8' 12.6744" N, 123° 40' 47.7732" W
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Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse

At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sandspit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of water mammals. Its trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Location

Dungeness Spit and LighthouseSequim, WA, 98382
United States
48° 8' 24.4356" N, 123° 11' 41.874" W
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Feiro Marine Life Center

The Feiro Marine Life Center contains numerous aquaria, wet tables and exhibits that focus on the near shore habitats and marine organisms of the northern Olympic Peninsula. Additionally, the popular touch tank offers visitors the chance to meet local marine life up close and personal. Special tours can be arranged by calling the center.

Open 7 days per week from Memorial Day through Labor Day 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. During the off season (all other months) Feiro is open 7 days a week from noon to 4.

Port Angeles City Pier
tel: 360-417-6254

Location

Feiro Marine Life Center
Port Angeles City Pier Lincoln Street
Port Angeles, WA, 98362
United States
47° 57' 2.3724" N, 123° 20' 44.1852" W
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Fort Townsend State Park

Fort Townsend State Park is a 367-acre marine camping park featuring 3,960 feet of saltwater shoreline on Port Townsend Bay. The heavily wooded park has a rich military history dating from pioneer days. Resting high on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound is a marine camping park with fantastic views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.

surrounded on three sides by beautiful saltwater shoreline. Home to buildings of a historic 19th-century-established military fort, it also boasts

Location

Fort Townsend State Park
1370 Old Fort Townsend Rd
Port Townsend, WA
United States
48° 4' 41.8908" N, 122° 48' 52.4628" W
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Point Wilson Lighthouse

Point Wilson marks the west entrance into the Puget Sound. It is the turning point from the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Admiralty Inlet. The current station was built in 1914, replacing the original tower. The 49-foot tower was built in an octagonal shape to reduce wind pressure on the structure. The light shines from a 4th order Fresnel lens, a white light on for 15 seconds, then off 5 seconds, with one red flash during the occultation. The light was automated in 1976.

Location

Point Wilson Lighthouse
186 Harbor Defense Way
Port Townsend, WA, 98362
United States
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Port Townsend Marine Science Center & Natural History Museum

The Port Townsend Marine Science and Natural History Museum promote the scientific study of Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits with interactive live exhibits for the public and educational programs, training and support for teachers and students. Bird migration cruises to Protection Island are scheduled throughout the year.

Fort Worden State Park
532 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
tel: 360-385-5582; 1-800-566-3932

Location

Pt. Townsend Marine Science Center & Natural History Museum
532 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA, 98368
United States
48° 8' 28.1724" N, 122° 46' 19.0848" W
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Port Townsend

A Day Trip to Port Townsend It can be a life-time memory. Most of our city is easily accessible on foot. Cuisine choices are outstanding and include several award-winning restaurants—take time to enjoy a meal. Touring the historic homes and buildings can be done by foot or by car. while the history of Port Townsend is young by world standards, we are proud of restoring out heritage. Port Townsend is only one of three Victorian Seaports on the National Register of Historic Places. There are over 15 unique art galleries featuring classic to innovative visual arts.

Hoh Rain Forest

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.

Location

Hoh RainforestWA
United States
47° 51' 39.2004" N, 123° 56' 5.3124" W
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Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway - Hwy 112

One of the nation's newest National Scenic Byways, it follows the shoreline of a glacial fjord that connects Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, separating the Olympic Peninsula from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This dramatic stretch of coastline with rugged cliffs and forests, reaches farther into the cold waters of the North Pacific than any other mainland point in the lower 48 states. Eagles, otters and gray whales are common sights, depending on the time of year.

Location

Highway 112 Scenic BywayClallam Bay, Sekiu, Neah Bay
United States
48° 9' 38.9448" N, 123° 57' 14.1624" W
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