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We did not do the whole drive, but started at Quirinal around to Port Angles. Lots of nice scenery and you go slow enough to enjoy it. Stopped at Kalaloch and had our picnic lunch overlooking the ocean. Make sure you know where the rest...More
We drove from Port Angeles to Ocean Shores and it took us about 4 hours. The scenery is lovely. Take your time but don't get lost like we did looking for a rest area. Be sure to pull off and enjoy the views.
We drove clockwise, starting from Quinault, staying two nights and three days. I wish I had one more day. Lake Quinault was quiet in mid September, but still a good place for families. A few hours in the rain forest is time well spent. Driving...More
This drive is as beautiful as it is varied. The coastline is rugged and pretty and the lakes are stunning. We would particularly recommend stopping at Ruby Beach, Lake Quinault, Lake Crescent and Hurricane Ridge for some spectacular scenery and excellent access to hiking.
Driving south on the Olympic Loop Road toward Quinault, we were reluctant to leave the shore and ocean behind. When we saw the sign for Beach 3, we decided to take one last look. There is a small pull-out; no real parking lot. The beach...More
You can't drive through the park, you actually have to drive to one of the entrances, do what you want in that section, then drive out to the loop road to get to the next section. Make sure to check in at the visitor center...More
Olympic NP is set up a little differently from other NPs I've been to. You have to go in one entrance, see whatever's there, then exit, and drive the loop to another entrance, see what's there, etc. It's beautiful, and well-cared-for, but it involves a...More
Understandably at this time of year roads are being repaired on the loop drive. Waits can be 30 minutes, but the drive is spectacular. Just plan extra time. All pullouts are closed for the season while road repairs are being made.
We were so glad we decided to stay over two nights on the peninsula. We drove up from Olympia on the east side. Not much on that side. We stayed one night in Port Angeles at the Olympia Lodge (highly recommend ). Did the Hurricane...More
Hi, we did the loop in about 2 1/2 days but regret not having stayed longer. We made Olympia our base, but drove one day up the East coast to Port Angeles. We stayed at the Olympia Lodge which was very nice. We regret not... More
Hi, we did the loop in about 2 1/2 days but regret not having stayed longer. We made Olympia our base, but drove one day up the East coast to Port Angeles. We stayed at the Olympia Lodge which was very nice. We regret not staying longer there so we could take a ferry one day to Vancouver. From Port Angeles you go up to Hurricane Ridge. Hopefully the weather is clear that you can enjoy the view. Allow a couple of hours up there for hiking. The next morning we drove to Crescent Lake and Soleduck Falls. Stopped at the lake but hiked around the falls. Beautiful scenery. After that we drove to Kalaloch where we stayed at Kalaloch Lodge. Had a view of the ocean. Very peaceful. Must stop at 2nd Beach and Riviera Beach to see the sea stacks and driftwood on beach.
When we let Kalaloch we went to Moss Tree Trails for another hike and then to see the largest Spruce tree in the world in Quinault. After that it was a long drive back to Olympia.
We also drove to check out Mt. Ranier and Mt. Hood. Drove down to Astoria. Hiked Beacon Rock overlooking Columbia River.
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