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Adventures Better Than Tintin In Olympic Peninsula

Posted on November 29, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment


Olympic PeninsulaOlympic Peninsula, Washington

The view of snow-crowned mountains of Olympics through Seattle is quite infrequent as it peters out in the mist and during downpour, and is seen again when the cloud evaporates. The Olympics and its cape is spread across 3,600 sq miles that is astoundingly, quixotically feral. The inside of this gigantic area is still undiscovered and no thoroughfare has been made that crosses the peaks, making it an apposite home for elk and untamed woods. This area is conserved by the Olympic National Park.

Overview

The circular journey of 330 miles starts on route 104 that outlines the Olympic isthmus from Port Angeles to Aberdeen. Along the way enjoy the best hot springs, exquisiteness of jade forests, ancient museums, and stern havens till you conclude in Hood Canal.

Start in Seattle

To arrive at Olympic Peninsula, transverse the Hood Canal Bridge, and then, take route 20 to divert toward the most Hood Canal Bridgeurbane area of Seattle, Port Townsend. Here, you will encounter some of the best Victorian designs, saloons, and artistic works. Take route 101 that will carry you toward the town of Sequim. Driving through this land of lilac fields find yourself entering the gloomy atmosphere of the isthmus. The downpour of Pacific rainstorms helps the enormous sky to unload its lumber. Try some unsullied curries of Sawadee Thai Cuisine located nearby and kick start again for another stunning scene.

Immensity of the Dungeness Spit

Drive north to witness the greatest sand spit on our planet known as Dungeness Spit. This mammoth spread of land and sand is rich in its wildlife with over 260 genuses of birds. Hence, the Dungeness Spit was affirmed as a public wildlife sanctuary in 1915. For bird-lovers, this place is the best halt of their journey.

Options at Port Angeles

Continue on 101 toward northeast to reach Port Angeles. This harbor town positioned at the beginning of the Olympic National Park is a gateway to a bunch of dazzling locations. To watch the elegant city of Vancouver Island in British Colombia, grab a commuter boat or you can opt to visit the canal of Juan de Fuca. If time permits, I would suggest visit both the places. Halt at Domaine Madeline and have some epicure feast. However, munch quickly because the panoramas of hoary mountains at Hurricane Ridge would make you stroll for a full day. The ridge provides best sights of the park you will ever see, so don’t consider skipping or even whizzing through this path.

Olympic National Park

Neah Bay

Driving ahead, use a right diversion to move on Highway 112, which will take you toward Neah Bay. The westernmost spot that can be reached by car or any vehicle is this point. Ideal for trekking, camping, and fishing, this Bay is also home for Makah Indian tribal group. You can find some variety stores and cultural spots in this area.

Neah Bay

Panorama of Lake Crescent

Lake CrescentMove back and use the left diversion on Highway 101 and continue till you find yourself driving through the elegant coasts of Lake Crescent. According to a native inhabitant “No other lake can embrace the elegance as this one does.” With every twist and turn, you will discover a landscape more stunning than the previous one. This route through the south coast of the lake plummets in the park. Halt your car anywhere near the edges of the park and stroll toward Lake Crescent Lodge. Cool lakeside view from the wooden window frame with warm ambience of the logs smoldering in the fireplace is one of few serene experiences of a lifetime.

Stretch your legs in Sol Duc Hot Springs

After a sound sleep at the coasts of Lake Crescent, its time for some adventure. Try hiking in the hazy woods of Sol Duc Hot Springs or swim in the searing water of warm lagoons.

Halt at La Push

Take a side turn to enter highway 110 that leads you to La Push. It is located to the exterior of Quileute Indian La PushReservation and is mostly envelop by the shores of Olympic National Park. For a decent stay with awesome views, halt at Oceanside Resort.

Forks Timber Museum by youths

Find your way back to 101 and head south to reach the city of Forks. Get glimpses of the tolls and relics from 18th century in Forks Timber Museum. It was planned and constructed by the youths of high school in 1990 to honor the native timber manufacturing business.

Adventurous Hoh Rain Forest

Resting in the center of the park is Hoh Rain Forest. The best time spent in your journey would the time hiking through the dense woods of this forest. The secret of long standing Sitka and hemlock trees of over 300 feet is abundant downpour measuring 150 inches per year. You can almost feel the pleasure of an adventurous safari tour with implausible shapes and sizes of the vegetation so dense, that a thin sunbeam is easily spotted with steam and dust particles wandering in it. Also available here is a camping area and Forest Visitor Center.

Hoh Rain Forest

Also Quinault Rain Forest

Quinault LakeEqually adventurous, dense, and stunning is the Quinault Rain Forest. However, human traffic is less in summer months. The Quinault Lake is encircled by green woods of this area making it a gorgeous route of 30 miles for travelers. Spend some time witnessing the vistas of river, sturdy peaks, jade woodlands, or directly start trekking. Nice inn to halt for a night is Lake Quinault Lodge. Due to its existence, scenic beauty and exquisite stay, this place is cataloged in National Register of Historic Places.

Through Grays Harbor

Drive through the roads edging Grays Harbor that lies toward the south of the peninsula. Visit Hoquiam to observe the graceful shorebirds and animals. To know about the native history, enter Polson Museum, which was modified from a personal manor house in 1924.

Few Final Miles

Circling the peninsula, head back to north on 101. Quench your thirst by sipping berry milk juices or a have a proper meal at Nita’s Restaurant and Gallery. Chase the highway 101 and drive through Hood Canal. This route will offer several travel destinations where you can halt a while or even for a night. Before concluding the scenic trip, you can head south 5 miles toward the peak of Mount Walker. Be careful because this nettling path is quite narrow and precipitous. At the end of this route, you can view the fabulous sights of Mount Rainer, Seattle, and Puget Sound.

Trip Tips

Prior to commencement of this voyage, visit the following websites for important details:
olympicpeninsula.org – Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau
olympicpeninsula.com – a complete guide
portangeles.org – Port Angeles attractions and direction

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