Olympic Peninsula Loop Road Trip

Road Trip Duration: 4-6 Days

Circle the entire national park on this ultimate tour of the Olympic Peninsula.

Start in Seattle, Washington

Harbor on Bainbridge Island

Harbor on Bainbridge Island

From Seattle, take the ferry to Bainbridge Island and continue northwest. Take the turnoff to Port Townsend, a charming town on Puget Sound.

The pier at Port Townsend, Washington

The pier at Port Townsend, Washington

Return to US 101 and go west through Sequim (“skwim”) to Port Angeles, the park’s biggest gateway town. This is the closest entrance to the Hurricane Ridge area.

Marina in Port Angeles, Washington

Marina in Port Angeles, Washington

Victoria, British Columbia

Dusk at Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour by Brandon Godfrey via Wikimedia Commons.

Dusk at Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour by Brandon Godfrey [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

From Port Angeles, hop the Black Ball Ferry (cohoferry.com) for at least a day in Victoria, BC, a lovely town on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It’s known for its gardens, beaches, lively downtown, and museums.

Cape Flattery, Washington

Cape Flattery in Olympic National Park

Cape Flattery, the northwest-most point in the continental United States.

Return to Washington and go west, passing Elwha, Lake Crescent, and Sol Duc, then turn northwest to Sekiu and Neah Bay to reach Cape Flattery, the most northwesterly point in the Lower 48. Back on US 101, go south to Forks, the closest gateway to the Hoh Rainforest and Mora.

Olympic Coast

Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Press south for stunning coastal driving past Ruby and Kalaloch Beaches, then veer east to Amanda Park and Lake Quinault. US 101 then goes south to Aberdeen, famous for being Kurt Cobain’s hometown.

Hood Canal

South Hood Canal in Washington

South Hood Canal in Washington

Take US 12 and WA 8 east to rejoin US 101 and go on to Shelton and Hoodsport along the Hood Canal (home of some of the state’s best oysters).

Continue north to close your loop.