Olympic Peninsula, Seattle
Once again, if you are visiting Seattle, you might as well drive because the views are absolutely spectacular! There is about 100 million acres of forest at the Olympic Peninsula that is protected by the government. It has eight Indian reservations. The drive is long in winding roads that snake through rivers. The road passes through sparkling lakes created by glaciers! The forests are thick with Evergreen trees and other native plants in America. If you like hiking, biking, and camping, this is the place you might like to consider! There are so many hiking trails to explore!
Here is a short list of popular sites made the Olympic National Park employees: Coastal Ozette offers hikes to wilderness beaches and views of the third larges lake in Washington. Mora has beach hikes to arches and seastacks. Kalaloch features sandy beaches, tidepools, and spruce burl forests.
At the Olympic Peninsula, there are several Indian Reservations: Makah, Ozette, Quileute, Hoh, and Klallam. It is very interesting to travel in this side of the world. The drive from Seattle is about four hours but you won't even notice the time as there are so many beautiful things to see. The nature is absolutely spectacular! The glacier lake sparkles as the rays of the sun hits the water. The lush vegetation is thick. The rivers snake through the roads as you get deeper to the forests!The drive is cool and amazing what with the views all the way to the end of the trip!
The Crescent Lake is one of the many lakes found in the Olympic Peninsula. This lake was created by glacier thousands of years ago. The lake is surrounded by beautiful lush mountains!
There are so many national parks and natural beauties in the Northwest United States. If you are not from this country and you are a nature lover, the best place to be is Washington State! If you visit the City of Seattle, and you cramped your visit for just a week, you can visit two countries at the same time which is the neighboring city, Vancouver, Canada. Also, visit volcanoes, lakes, mountains, islands and even Victoria Island in Canada! There are also hot springs in the Olympic Mountains, hundreds of beaches and parks. .. I was just telling my daughter that on the weekends, we can just drive for 30 minutes and we are in the Paciific ocean; drive another 30 minutes and we are in a lake or in the Olympic Peninsula or up in the Cascade Mountains! We didn't have to travel hundreds of miles see nature's wonders!
Seattle is so accessible to different National Parks. We are close to the Olympic National Forest Park, the Olympic Peninsula, and the Mount Rainier National Park.
Head to the Olympic Pennisula and visit our Rain Forests. They are spectacular and you don't have to sweat. Why are they rain forests? Because they get buttloads of rain and not because they are hot. You will be impressed, though it is quite a drive from Seattle (4.5 hrs.) if you are pressed for time, you might want to think about camping on the penninsula and skipping the city. The temperate rain forest in the valleys of the Quinault, Queets, and Hoh rivers are protected and contain some of the most spectacular examples of undisturbed Sitka spruce/western hemlock forests in the lower 48 states. This ecosystem stretches along the Pacific Coast from Oregon to Alaska; other temperate rain forests are found in several isolated areas throughout the world. What defines a rain forest quite simply is rain--lots of it. Precipitation here ranges from 140 to 167 inches--12 to 14 feet--every year. The mountains to the east also protect the coastal areas from severe weather extremes. Seldom does the temperature drop below freezing in the rain forest and summertime highs rarely exceed 80 F. nice......
Take an excursion to the Olympic Peninsula.
Olympic National Park and National Forest is a beautiful combination of Pacific shoreline, mountains and rain forests. Take the drive to Hurricane Ridge for amazing views of the Olympic Mountains.
Jutting out of the northwest corner Washington State, it comprises some of the richest and most undeveloped forestland in the region. At its center, lies the Olympic National Park and the Olympic National Forest. The two make up 2132,324 square miles of public lands, most of which are open to camping and hiking. A wide variety of accommodations abound in this area, including bed and breakfast inns, camping, hostels and elegantly-appointed Victorian hotels.
Entrance Fees -- Single visit (good for up to seven consecutive days at any Olympic National Park entrance fee area). Vehicle: $15
Individual: (on foot, bicycle, motorcycle) $5. Children 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.
Drive to the Olympic Peninsula, hike on Hurricane Ridge. You can see Canada from the top! There's a range of hikes, from easy (paved, but uphill) to mondo.