Visiting The North Olympic Peninsula
The best way to see and explore The Olympic National Park and Port Angeles is a matter of preference to your particular interests. Sure the main idea is to “see the park” but what many folks don’t realize is the vast size of “the Park”.
I can't count how many times people have asked me how close to the Park is Larch avenue Getaway. Well there are many places to enter the park. After all it covers 1,442 square miles. In fact it covers the entire Olympic mountain range (except for a few areas on the outskirts which are National Forest) and also most of the Washington coastline. So, I could tell you how far we are from a particular entrance or sight in the park if you let me know which one you would like to visit first.
Another common mistake visitors make is thinking they can see the whole park in one day. Well you can see a large portion of it from out the living room window but if you want to visit several places in the park you will need a couple of days at least. It is 105 miles (with many winding roads) from the Hurricane ridge Visitor Center to the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center with many off the path things to see in between. Deer Park, Elwha Valley, Barnes Point, Sol Duc, The Ocean Beaches and some not even in the park such as Beaver Falls, Forks, Cape Flattery, Salt Creek, Ediz Hook, and more.
So what’s the best way to see the sights and get the most out of your trip to the Olympic National Park?
It’s simple, know what you want to see and do and how long it takes to get to all those places. Don’t miss the attractions that interest you along your route and make sure you stay enough nights to explore all of that. Sound like days and weeks of research? Yea, probably, except that I've done it for you already.
If you go to the “Activities” page, You will find I am building a list of all the places to see and activities to do in Port Angeles, The Olympic National Park and the whole North Olympic Peninsula! Complete with driving times, directions and highlights along the routes you choose to take.
Also, keep in mind, the whole North Olympic Peninsula is quite simple to navigate. It’s mostly just Highway 101 encircling the entire park with Highway 112 paralleling it on the Northwest side. 112 AKA Juan de Fuca Highway (Won de few-ca) LOL! follows the Straights of Juan De Fuca all the way to the furthest Northwest point in continental USA (Cape Flattery) with Highway 113 connecting the two (also piedmont rd. on the North side of Lake Crescent) for the opportunity to make a loop back to home base.