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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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  • Its definitely worth the trip but give it a few days so you can do there is all to do there ie, hiking the Hoh trail, or the tidal pools or Ruby beach. If camping be prepared for all types of weather  more »
  • Over the road, we can discover a beautiful primary forest with mosses hung to the branches, beautiful lakes with emerald reflections and beaches where many trunks of trees have failed. Further, we can see the Canadian Coast.
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  • We drove through quickly trying to see as much as we could in 1 day. We started in Port Angeles, ate at a delicious Creperie, stopped to take photos at Crescent Lake, Marymere Falls, Forks, Ruby Beach...  more »