Where is your retreat? That place that brings you grounding and resets your mind for the weeks ahead? For Berty and I, this place is the Olympic Peninsula. We love taking day trips out here and re-connecting with one another and our friends. The OP has a little bit of everything: ocean shores, rainforest, lakes, mountains, waterfalls…you can’t go wrong! One thing Berty and I want to do this summer is rent a cabin and hang out with our friends for a few days here. 🙂 If you are interested in going there yourself, we’ve put together this post of our favorite locations. Enjoy!
11 Places to See on the Olympic Peninsula
1. Port Angeles
Port Angeles is usually the first stop on our trips to the Olympic Peninsula. We regularly pass through and grab a bite to eat at their many delicious mom & pop restaurants. However, if you want to stay longer, check out the City Pier or the WA Lavender Farms on a sunny summer day. You can even catch a ferry up to Victoria, BC (passport required!).
2. Lake Crescent
Located about 30 minutes west of Port Angeles, this lake has beautiful public docks and trails for you to enjoy. We recommend coming early in the morning for a peaceful, glassy lake view!
3. Clallam Bay
We found this place by accident! We were on our way to Cape Flattery when Jacob and Esther (Bloggers at the Local Adventurer) spotted a rock formation free-standing off the shore. We pulled our car over and spent a while checking out the marine life on the beach and taking pictures of this beautiful rock! If you are brave and willing to get wet, you could probably get out to it!
4. Cape Flattery
This place really exceeded my expectations. After a short 10 minute hike, there were several boardwalks to discover, each with it’s own breathtaking views of the cape in all directions. There were many places to sit down and enjoy the view too. I’ve seen and heard that there are some pretty beautiful caves at the base of these formations, so I’m excited for a return trip this summer. Maybe with some kayaks…? 🙂
5. Ruby Beach
Similar to La Push Beaches, this piece of the coast has many places to explore and several beautiful rock formations. It’s a very easy hike down to the water so if you’re looking for a great view for little to no effort, this is your beach.
6. Rialto Beach
If you’re looking for a moody beach, look no further than Rialto. The washed-up, skeleton-like trees give it a somber vibe and it’s a perfect space for some personal reflection.
7. La Push Beaches
A quick 15 minute hike down a forest path leads you to the shores in second beach. It’s iconic rock formations are a must see (especially during summer sunsets) and *bonus* you can actually camp on the beach!
8. Forks, WA
Similar to Port Angeles, this is a great place for a mid-journey meal or a quick coffee break. If you are a Twilight fan too, you’ll get a kick out of how much this little town embraced their claim to fame. Ha!
9. Hoh Rainforest Hike
We walked the Spruce Nature Trail, which is an easy 1.2-mile loop that showcases all the beautiful diversity of the Hoh Rainforest! There are many trails here in this area, but if you are looking for an easy one (say with kids, or you just want a quick hike) this trail is definitely worth your time.
10. Hurricane Ridge Hike
We recommend coming for sunrise or sunset. The uninhibited sky will light up with pinks, oranges and blues! Come with a blanket or a jacket….all year round. It gets cold very quickly! You can also snowshoe the trail during the winter daytime and get some pretty spectacular views of the Olympics!
11. Lake Cushman
If you’re looking for some classic R&R, grab a picnic basket, a good book, and a lawn chair to come and hang out on Lake Cushman. Being surrounded by so many trees and greenery, you’ll forget you’re only an hour away from Olympia!
There are so many other beautiful places to see on the Olympic Peninsula! Where would you suggest we go next? Let us know in the comments below!
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