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Cuisine is an art form that engages all of the human senses. Foods that are well-prepared with fresh, local ingredients impart a sense of a place and its culture. Resplendent with fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables, as well as coastal seafood, handcrafted wines and local foods, the Olympic Peninsula has much to offer the culinary tourist. Farmers, restaurants and hotels have successfully endorsed an "eat local" movement and we are proud of our longstanding agricultural heritage.
Olympic Peninsula WA
Olympic National Park is 922,000 acres of stunning alpine and coastal wilderness. Over 3 million people visit every year, and yet the park still retains an untouched, natural feel. It's known as the focal point of the Olympic Peninsula. http://www.nps.gov/olym
Olympic National Park: 24-hour Road & Weather Recording: 360-565-3131
Olympic Peninsula WA
The Olympic Peninsula is one of the best places on the globe to view diverse wildlife at close proximity. Black-tailed deer inhabit the hills and lowlands and are frequently seen through the region. Likewise, eagles and raptors such as falcons and hawks populate many areas on the peninsula. In the fall, spawning season brings different species of salmon into the rivers and streams. In Olympic National Park, mountain goats live in the higher altitudes, while Roosevelt elk roam in the lower areas and move in and out of the Park boundaries.
United States48° 5' 28.1472" N, 123° 3' 3.8916" W
Clallam and Jefferson Counties combined have over 400 miles of saltwater coastline. The inland waters of the 61-mile glacial fjord of the Hood Canal, the glacier-carved Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit and the wild, rugged Pacific Coast comprise differing habitats and nearly endless opportunities to explore.
Tide pooling, beach hikes and days-long backpacking excursions are a grat way to experience the calming rhythms of waves and tides and the view the wildlife and sea creatures of the tidal zone.
United States48° 13' 14.8224" N, 124° 7' 6.186" W
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.
Highway 112 Scenic Byway Clallam Bay, Sekiu, Neah Bay
United States48° 9' 38.9448" N, 123° 57' 14.1624" W
Quilcene and Brinnon are nestled between the beautiful Hood Canal and the Hood Canal Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest. This unique location leaves endless opportunities for hiking and visiting viewpoints. One-hundred and ten miles of trails and viewpoints exist within the Hood Canal Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest and are accessible from the Quilcene/Brinnon area.
Brinnon, WA 98320
United States47° 40' 49.782" N, 122° 53' 57.336" W
The Quilcene Historical Museum displays photos, historic artifacts, and other educational displays highlighting the area’s logging and pioneer past. Regular displays of early Quilcene, school, barn, home and hearth, logging, mining, country store, toy and bottle collections, Native Americans, and Quilcene families.
Quilcene Historical Museum
151 E. Columbia StreetQuilcene, WA 98376
United States47° 49' 40.2492" N, 122° 52' 46.8876" W
If you like history, especially the local history, be sure to stop by and check out the exhibits at the Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitors Center which is sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society. there are amazing photos of native peoples, early settlers to the area as well as antique tools for farming and forestry. Kids of all ages love the giant threshing machine out front.
OP Gateway Visitors Center
93 Beaver Vallery RoadPort Ludlow, WA
United States47° 55' 15.222" N, 122° 43' 42.9996" W
Olympic Peninsula offers exceptional bird watching year round. Our mild winters support large numbers of ocean birds and waterfowl. The spring and fall migrations offer great diversity in species. Summer residents are numerous and varied due to a diversity in habitat including rainforests, meadows, and tidelands. The Dosewallips State Park’s wildlife viewing platform is located on the edge of a tidal marsh and provides a great place to view Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, gulls, waterfowl, Red-winged Blackbirds, wrens, and much more.
Dosewallips State Park Brinnon, WA 98376
United States47° 52' 44.8608" N, 122° 54' 9.6444" W
Perched at the northern entrance to Puget Sound near Port Townsend, Fort Worden State Park, a military base that was commissioned in 1902, is a legendary gathering place. With a 360 degree panorama of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the Fort's 434 acres are bordered by pristine wetlands and miles of sandy beaches.
200 Battery WayPort Townsend, WA 98368
United States48° 8' 3.1452" N, 122° 45' 52.9776" W
Stop along the way and visit some of the historical lighthouses on the Olympic Peninsula.
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.
Olympic Peninsula WA
The Olympic Peninsula is home to many tribes of native people, including the Quinault , Hoh, Quileute, Makah, Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S'Klallam. From culinary influence, native art, traditional song, dance and festivals, there are many ways to experience our wonderful native cultures.
Each Tribal community offers places and/or activities for respectful visitors.
The Makah Museum in Neah Bay is a world-class cultural center, with many objects of Makah art available in the gift shop. There are demonstrations of carving and basket making nearly every day.
Olympic Peninsula WA
The shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the adjacent rivers, lakes, forests and the area surrounding Cape Flattery provide habitat for hundreds of species of birds. Murrelets and Murres are prized sightings. Shore birds, ducks and gulls are plentiful. In the fall and spring, thousands of Canadian geese, trumpeter swans, falcons, hawks, and sandhill cranes migrate through this area, and can be easily sighted.
Clallam Bay to Neah Bay
Frontier St.Clallam Bay, WA 98326
United States48° 15' 52.038" N, 124° 15' 4.5036" W
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.
Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse Sequim, WA 98382
United States48° 4' 46.3332" N, 123° 6' 6.6384" 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
Scenic ocean shores with easy access are found in the Kalaloch (pronounced clay-lock) area, 15 miles south of the Rain Forest Road on Hwy 101. Beach Trail 4 is a pebble beach with dramatic surf (beware of the strong undertow), tidal pools and is a popular place to dip for smelt (schools of small fish that spawn in the surf in warm, calm weather and can be caught with a large net). Picturesque Ruby Beach with a meandering creek, dramatic sea stacks, and drift logs is named for its sometimes garnet-colored sand. A gold mining operation was located here in the early 1900’s.
United States47° 36' 16.92" N, 124° 22' 15.96" W
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).
Salt Creek Recreation Area
Camp Hayden RoadPort Angeles, WA
United States48° 8' 12.6744" N, 123° 40' 47.7732" W
This County Park, with sweeping views of the shipping traffic as they make their way through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, serves as the trailhead for the Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refuge.
Dungeness Recreation Area has 67 campsites, 3 restrooms (2 with showers), group camping with a shelter, playground, hiking and equestrian trails, on 216 acres.
Summer: 7 a.m. until dusk
Winter: Campground is closed October through March
The park is open year-round for day use.
Clallam County Parks Department Phone: 360-417-2291
Dungeness Recreation Area
Lotzgesell RoadSequim, WA
United States48° 8' 5.3196" N, 123° 10' 4.53" W
Saturdays, 10AM - 2PM at Gateway Transit Center year round
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Mid-June through September
Gateway Transit Center tel: 360-460-0361
PA Farmers Market Port Angeles, WA 98362
United States47° 57' 26.0748" N, 123° 23' 36.1932" W
A Magical Misty Tour
A delightful way to explore the Olympic Peninsula, the Waterfall Trail offers year-round adventure and dramatic beauty. From the cliffs of Cape Flattery, to the glacial fjord of the Hood Canal to the Enchanted Valley of the Quinault Rainforest, waterfalls of all sizes and shapes abound! Some are easy walks on fores trails, others reached via paved, wheel-chair accessible paths, still more are in the backcountry of Olympic National Park. Two falls can only be reached by boat.
United States47° 57' 38.1168" N, 123° 32' 58.0632" W
Port Williams is a great beach for families, lovers, birdwatchers, dog lovers and kayakers. Usually, overlooked, it is seldom busy except for the birds. Be sure to keep an eye out for an elk herd along the way.
Port Williams official name is Marlyn Nelson County Park at Port Williams. This 1-acre gem was deeded to the Clallam County Parks in 1976. The state owns tidelands to the north that link with 1,000 feet of County tidelands ending at the privately-owned Graysmarsh Farm property.
Marlyn Nelson County Park at Port William
Port Williams RoadSequim, WA
United States48° 5' 51.1548" N, 123° 4' 31.08" W
The Quilcene/Brinnon area holds an abundance of magnificant scenery just waiting for that special photograph. From magnificant mountain views at the top of one of our nearby mountain peaks, to the brilliance of the sunlite water of Hood Canal, to the soft light of forest trails winding along river banks or through wildflower meadows, this area is a photographer's dream.
Entrance is 5 miles South of Quilcene on Hwy 101 - WA
United States47° 47' 25.998" N, 122° 55' 31.2204" W