Road Trip Duration: 4-6 Days
Start in Seattle, Washington
Olympic's Northern Port Towns
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.
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.
Olympic Lakes, Waterfalls and Hot Springs
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.
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.
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.