Vancouver to Olympic National Park Road Trip

Combine city culture with island life on this 5-10 day loop. Start in Canada then ferry to islands and the U.S. Olympic Peninsula.
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Combine city culture with island life on this 5-10 day loop.

Totem pole in Vancouver's Stanley Park

Totem pole in Vancouver's Stanley Park

Start in lively Vancouver, BC, home to great food, museums, and beaches. Explore Stanley Park's natural West Coast rainforest, famous Seawall, Native American totem poles, and Canada’s largest aquarium.

Cross the border and head to Bellingham, a college town on Puget Sound.

Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park

Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park

Continue south, then east, to visit North Cascades National Park, a rugged wilderness with excellent hiking. Then turn west to reach Anacortes and catch the ferry to San Juan Island, largest of the San Juan Islands. These idyllic retreats (which include Orcas Island and Lopez Island) offer quiet beaches, lavender farms, quaint towns, kayaking, and whale-watching. Lime Kiln State Park, commonly known as Whale Watch Park offers dramatic west side views and trails lined with pacific madrone trees and picnic tables close to the waters edge.

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island, Washington

Back on the mainland, head south through Deception Pass State Park and onto Whidbey Island. Catch the ferry to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula and head west to Olympic National Park.

Bridge over Sol Duc Waterfall on Olympic National Park. Photo by Justin Bailie

Bridge over Sol Duc Waterfall on Olympic National Park. Photo by Justin Bailie

To close, take the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, BC, then another ferry back to Vancouver.

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C.

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C.

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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.