Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive, Olympic National Park

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The Olympic Peninsula is the large arm of land in western Washington that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle. It is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the east by Hood Canal. Cape Alava, the westernmost point in the contiguous United States, and Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point, are on the peninsula. Comprising about 3600 square miles, the Olympic Peninsula contained many of the last unexplored places in the contiguous United States. It remained largely unmapped until Arthur Dodwell and Theodore Rixon mapped most of its topography and timber resources between 1898 and 1900.GeographyThe Olympic Peninsula is home to temperate rain forests, including the Hoh, Queets Rain Forest, and Quinault. Rain forest vegetation is concentrated primarily in the western part of the peninsula, as the interior mountains create a rain shadow effect in areas to the northeast, resulting in a much drier climate in those locales.The Olympic mountain range sits in the center of the Olympic Peninsula. This range is the second largest in Washington State. Its highest peak is Mt. Olympus.
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  • the Olympic Peninsula Drive is not necessarily spectacular but well worth the effort for nature and forest lovers. for the most beautiful piece of coastline you should really turn to equally at Cape Flattery. but Olympic itself has really the highlight as primeval forest for which you need the park and what you can't really see from the loop drive.
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  • This is a very unique forest ... It's a rain forest, but temperate. So the trees are actually much taller than in a tropical rain forest, everything is covered with moss. But it's also more walk able ...  more »
  • Had some time to drive and see some spectacular colors, beautiful mountains, pristine lakes and quaint little towns on a drive from Tacoma to Port Angeles. What a spectacular and scenic area. I will d...  more »
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  • Beautiful emerald green forests.
  • A place you can go to many times
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Where to stay in Olympic National Park

Many visitors to Olympic National Park choose to pitch a tent at one of 16 campgrounds, many of which stay open throughout the year. The park also offers a mix of lodge rooms, motel rooms, and cabins thanks to two lodges and two resorts. On the Pacific Coast, the Kalaloch Lodge stands as the most isolated of these. If you prefer to rest your head outside the park, consider staying in Port Townsend. This artsy waterside community northeast of the park offers plenty of inns and bed and breakfasts, but they fill up quickly in summer, so reserve ahead if possible. Port Angeles sits a bit closer to the park and offers more functional accommodations in the form of motels and hotels, though you'll also find waterfront inns and cottages in the area. Communities on the park's western side offer a rustic vibe, but they also take more time to get to if you're coming from Seattle.
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