WA 2013 itinerary

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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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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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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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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Mystery Bay State Park

Mystery Bay State Park on Marrowstone Island is a 10-acre marine park is reachable by car off of Highway 116 or boat. The park features 685 feet of saltwater shoreline on Mystery Bay and offers a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains.

Location

Marrowstone Island, WA
United States
48° 3' 20.3328" N, 122° 41' 17.5848" 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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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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