Road Trip Duration: 4-6 Days
Circle the entire national park on this ultimate tour of the Olympic Peninsula.
Start in Seattle, Washington
From Seattle, take the ferry to Bainbridge Island and continue northwest. Take the turnoff to Port Townsend, a charming town on Puget Sound.
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.
Victoria, British Columbia
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
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.
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.
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.