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Sredmond's New Itinerary
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
If you are a fan of the Twilight book series, you can come to Forks and tour the sites that are featured in the books written by Stephenie Meyer. Just stop by the Forks Chamber of Commerce visitor center (1411 South Forks Ave.) to receive your free Twilight packet. It includes trivia tests from all four books along with a Forks Twilight map showing where the sites are located. Hours are 10am to 5pm Monday - Saturday and 11am - 4pm on Sundays.
Forks Chamber of Commerce
1411 South Forks Ave.Forks, WA 98331
United States47° 55' 37.2648" N, 124° 22' 45.5988" W
Now that we have your attention the Gateway Visitor Center would like to invite you outdoors and out of Jefferson County to the Elwha River valley.
Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center WA
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
World Champion Western Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata)
Section 36, Township 26 North, Range 13 West, W.M. Jefferson County
19.4 feet in diameter, 178 feet tall, estimated 1000 years old.
Jefferson County WA
THE BEACH IS CALLING YOU!
But not just any beach. Come visit awesome Rialto Beach. Not only is Rialto one of the most popular beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, it's also one of the most accessible. Park your car and you are there! So, if the thought of a long hike through rough terrain isn't exactly your idea of a great way to spend a relaxing afteroon, then Rialto is destined to be on the top of your list.
This drive-to beach is a beautiful spot to enjoy the surf and watch shorebirds, eagles and seals. The 1-1/4 mile trek north to “Hole-in-the-Wall” begins here.
La Push WA
United States47° 54' 30.9744" N, 124° 38' 20.3676" W
Spend an hour, and afternoon or a week exploring our local treasured places. Clean air, clean water and spectacular scenery combine to create an unforgettable visit. Here are some of our favorite places:
Falls View Trail Waterfall in Quilcene, right off US Highway 101 (US Forest Service)
Rocky Brook Falls Waterfall in Brinnon, Dosewallips Road
Rocky Brook Falls
3000 Dosewallips RdBrinnon, WA 98320
United States47° 43' 32.7468" N, 123° 0' 17.2404" W
Near marina. Woods setting
When you visit the Rain Forest Country, you are surrounded by wonders of nature. Visit the temperate Hoh Rain Forest (a World Heritage site), with its huge five hundred year old trees and Elk herds. There are trails to walk through the forest all beginning near the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. FUrther south visit Lake Quinault Rain Forest and walk the trails.
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
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
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
The Makah Cultural and Research Center is world famous. Many of the items in the museum are from the "Ozette Dig," which yielded Makah artifacts from a village partially buried in a mudslide in the 1500s. The Ozette archeological collection is the largest pre-contact Northwest Coast Indian collection in the country. Whaling, sealing and fishing gear, basketry and replicas of a 60-foot cedar longhouse and oceangoing canoes are displayed. The center also houses the Makah language program, working to preserve and teach Makah language and culture.
1880 Bay View
Neah Bay, WA 98357
Makah Cultural Center
1880 Bay ViewNeah Bay, WA 98357
United States48° 22' 3.0504" N, 124° 37' 21.6048" W