Olympic Peninsula Loop Road Trip - My Olympic Park

Olympic Peninsula Loop Road Trip

Circle the national park on this ultimate tour of the Olympic Peninsula with a stop at Cape Flattery the northwest-most point in the continental US.
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Road Trip Duration: 4-6 Days

Start in Seattle, Washington

Olympic's Northern Port Towns

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 known as a favorite launching point for whale watching tours.

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 

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.

Olympic Lakes, Waterfalls and Hot Springs

Sol Duc Falls and Bridge

Sol Duc Falls and Bridge

Return to Port Angeles and enter Olympic National Park to visit the Elwha Dam area, Lake Crescent, and Sol Duc Valley with its hot springs and triple waterfall.

Cape Flattery

Cape Flattery near Neah Bay, Washington

Cape Flattery, the northwest-most point in the continental United States, near the town of Neah Bay.

Exit the national park and drive northwest past the towns of Sekiu and Neah Bay onto Cape Flattery, the most northwesterly point in the Lower 48. (You'll need to pick up a parking pass in Neah Bay.) It's a short hike to many overlooks of the cliffs.

Back on US 101, go south to the town of Forks, the closest gateway to the Hoh Rainforest and Mora in Olympic National Park.

Olympic Coast

Sea stacks on Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Press south for stunning coastal driving past Ruby and Kalaloch Beaches. Explore the tide pools then continue on the road trip 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.

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General locations of ferries to Olympic National Park

Where is Olympic National Park?

This park is in the northwest corner of the United States in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula. It contains Pacific Ocean beaches and mountains.