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15 Top Things To Do in Olympic National Park

Explore nearly one million acres of wilderness in Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula, WA. Known as one of the most diverse national parks in the USA, Olympic National Park has something for everyone. This UNSECO World Heritage Site offers plenty of spots for hiking, kayaking, camping, wildlife viewing, backpacking, fishing, tidepooling and more. From lush forest to coastal beaches, and glacial mountain ranges to roaring waterfalls, here's the top things to do in Olympic National Park.   1. Hoh Rain Forest Distance from Port Angeles: 2 hoursDistance from Seattle: 3.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 4 hours Stroll through lush greenery in one of the largest temperate rainforests in the USA. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the most iconic destinations in Olympic National Park. Don't be surprised if you see some wildlife on your journey — The Hoh Rain Forest is home to Roosevelt Elk, many bird species, black bears, black-tailed deer, and more. Explore the Hoh Rain Forest on one of the following trails: - Hall of Mosses Trail: 0.8 miles / 1.2 kms loop trail- Spruce Nature Trail: 1.2 miles / 2.9 kms loop trail- Hoh River Trail: Full trail is 18.5 miles / 30 kms, but there are several turnaround points throughout the trail For more information on the Hoh Rain Forest, visit the National Park Service website.   2. Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls Distance from Port Angeles: 30 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours Known for its crystal-clear blue waters, this glacier-fed lake is the second deepest lake in Washington State. Lake Crescent has many hiking trails, including the hike to Marymere Falls (1.7 miles / 2.7 kms round-trip), and Spruce Railroad Trail (11.2 miles / 18 kms round-trip). Water sports, including kayaking, canoeing, SUPing and plain-old swimming are also popular, with rentals available at Lake Crescent Lodge. For more information on Lake Crescent, visit the National Park Service website.   3. Hurricane Ridge Distance from Port Angeles: 45 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours Drive 45 minutes from Port Angeles to the summit of Hurricane Ridge, at 5,242 feet elevation. Hurricane Ridge is open year-round and is very accessible — Take in the mountain views at the Visitors Center (you can see Victoria on a clear day!), hike one of the trails, or during the winter months go snowboarding, skiing or tubing with a small lift service on weekends. The Visitors Center is equipped with an information desk, gift shop, restrooms, and cafeteria.  For more information on Hurricane Ridge, visit the National Park Service website.    4. Rialto Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 1.5 hoursDistance from Seattle: 4 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.75 hours Pack a picnic and spend the day, or pitch a tent and stay overnight at Rialto Beach, located 1.5 hours south of Port Angeles near La Push. Rialto Beach is known for Hole-in-the-Wall, a 3 mile / 4.8 km round-trip trek, with ample tidepooling opportunities along the way. If you're going out to Hole-in-the-Wall, be sure to plan your trip during low tide, as it's only fully accessible during this time.  For more information on Rialto Beach, please visit the National Park Service website.   5. Sol Duc Falls Distance from Port Angeles: 1 hourDistance from Seattle: 3.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 5.25 hours Located in the Sol Duc Valley, Sol Duc Falls is arguably the most popular waterfall on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. Follow lush old-growth forest until you reach Sol Duc Falls. The hike is an easy 1.6 miles / 2.6 kms round-trip. Peak viewing season is May through October, with early spring and autumn being the best time to visit due to heavier water flow (typically). Other areas of interest in the Sol Duc Valley include:- Mink Lake: 5.2 miles / 8.4 kms round-trip- Lover's Lane: 6 miles / 9.7 kms loop trail following Sol Duc River (continuing past Mink Lake Trail)- High Divide Loop: A 2-3 day hike with views of Mount Olympus- Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort: Stay overnight in a cabin in Olympic National Park, and experience the hot mineral-springs pool- Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground: RV & campground with access to several hiking trails For more information on Sol Duc Falls, visit the National Park Service website.    6. Ruby Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 1.75 hoursDistance from Seattle: 3.5 hoursDistance from Portland: 4 hours Known for its abundant amount of driftwood strewn along the shore and towering sea stacks, Ruby Beach is a favorite on the Olympic Peninsula. During low tide, explore the tide pools filled with starfish and other marine life. Plus, it is one of the few destinations in Olympic National Park that allow leashed dogs.   7. Devil's Punchbowl Distance from Port Angeles: 30 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.75 hours Take a dip in the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Crescent from Devil's Punchbowl! Walk (or bike) about 1 mile / 1.6 kms of the Spruce Railroad Trail to Devil's Punchbowl and experience the best view of Lake Crescent (in our opinion!). If you continue past Devil's Punchbowl, you'll end up at the trail to Mount Storm King, another popular spot in Olympic National Park.  Bonus: The Spruce Railroad Trail is pet-friendly! Dogs must be kept on-leash at all times.   8. Shi Shi Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 2.25 hoursDistance from Seattle: 5 hoursDistance from Portland: 6 hours While the trail to Shi Shi Beach is moderately easy, there are areas of the trail that are quite muddy, so be sure to pack your hiking boots/waterproof shoes. If you'd like to hike all the way to Point of Arches (the beautiful sea stacks), the trek is about 8 miles / 12.9 kms round-trip. If you don't want to hike all the way, you'll arrive at the beach about 2 miles / 3.2 kms from the beginning of the trail. Shi Shi Beach is located on the Makah Indian Reservation, and you must purchase a Makah Recreation Pass to access the beach. Camping on the beach is permitted (we highly recommend it!), and reservations are not necessary. However, during summer months, expect it to be busy. For more information on Shi Shi Beach, visit the National Park Service website.    9. Mount Storm King Distance from Port Angeles: 30 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours While Mount Storm King provides extravagant views of Lake Crescent, it is not your average trail walk. The hike is 4 miles / 6.4 kms round-trip, with 2,065 ft of elevation gain. Be prepared for a steep incline, rough terrain, and ropes to aid you to the top... BUT it's all worth it! The view from the top of Storm King is one of the most iconic in Olympic National Park.  For more information on Mount Storm King, visit the Washington Trails Association website.   10. Lake Quinault & Quinault Rain Forest Distance from Port Angeles: 2.5 hoursDistance from Seattle: 2.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 3.25 hours Known as the southern gateway to Olympic National Park, Lake Quinault is home to a temperate rain forest, Lake Quinault Lodge, a few campgrounds including Falls Creek Campground, Willaby Campground and Gatton Creek Campground, ample waterfalls including Cascade Falls and Gatton Creek Falls, and six of the largest living trees in the world (also called the Valley of Rain Forest Giants). There are plenty of opportunities for hiking around Lake Quinault and Quinault Rain Forest:- World's Largest Spruce Tree Trail: 0.3 miles / 0.5 kms- Quinault Rain Forest Nature Loop: 0.5 miles / 0.8 kms- Willaby Creek Trail: 1.3 miles / 2 kms- Quinault Loop Trail: 4 miles / 6.4 kms- Pony Bridge Trail: 5 miles / 8 kms- Enchanted Valley: 26 miles / 41.8 kms   11. Salt Creek Recreation Area Distance from Port Angeles: 20 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours Previously a World War II military camp called Camp Hayden, Salt Creek Recreation Area is just a short distance from Port Angeles with beautiful views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and glacial mountains. The 196-acre park has numerous camping spots for tenters and RVers, remanence of World War II with two concrete bunkers, and access to Tongue Point with perhaps some of the best tide pooling on the Olympic Peninsula.  For more information on Salt Creek Recreation Area, visit Clallam County Parks' website.   12. Second Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 1.5 hoursDistance from Seattle: 4 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.75 hours Enjoy an easy 0.7 mile / 1.1 km one-way, forested walk from the parking lot down to Second Beach. You'll be in awe of the seastacks, and depending on time of day, you may be able to do some tidepooling. Plus, a walk along this coastal beach during sunset is a must! Camping at Second Beach is also allowed (and recommended), but you must have a wilderness camping permit. Permits can be purchased in advance through the National Park Service website. For more information on Second Beach, visit the National Park Service website.    13. Staircase Distance from Port Angeles: 2.25 hoursDistance from Seattle: 2.25 hoursDistance from Portland: 2.75 hours Staircase is a hidden gem in Olympic National Park. While a little less traveled, it is home to many hiking and backpacking trails, a campground, and ranger station. Lake Cushman (located nearby) is also perfect for kayaking, SUPing or canoeing. Trails around Staircase:Staircase Rapids Loop: 2.1 miles / 3.4 kms round-tripFour Stream Trail: 7.1 miles / 11.4 kms round-tripWagonwheel Lake Trail: 4.9 miles / 7.9 kms round-tripShady Lane Trail: 1.8 miles / 2.9 kms round-tripFlapjack Lakes Trail: 15.8 miles / 25.4 kms round-tripNorth Fork Skokomish River: 30.4 miles / 48.9 kms round-trip  Be sure to check the status of the road to Staircase before you go, as it is unpaved, and sometimes closed due to weather conditions.  For more information on Staircase, visit the National Park Service website.   14. Kalaloch Distance from Port Angeles: 1.75 hoursDistance from Seattle: 3.25 hoursDistance from Portland: 3.75 hours Explore, hike, beachcomb, admire wildlife, or just relax. Your options for adventure (or seclusion) are endless at Kalaloch.  Things to do at Kalaloch:Kalaloch Lodge: One of the most popular places to stay on the Olympic Peninsula. Choose from a room in the lodge or a cozy cabin. Open year-round.Kalaloch Campground: Each campsite comes with a fire pit and picnic table. Reservations are a must in the peak season.Kalaloch Ranger Station: Filled with information, maps, books and exhibits. Open daily in the summer.Kalaloch Beach: If you stay at Kalaloch Lodge, Kalaloch Beach is right outside your front door. Enjoy your coffee as you watch the waves roll in. Beach 4: Located between Kalaloch Beach and Ruby Beach. Find all kinds of marine life in the abundant tide pools at Beach 4.Tree of Life: With only a few roots planted, and the rest exposed, the Tree of Life is something of a spectacle. Located just south of Kalaloch Lodge, near Kalaloch Campground. Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail: One mile / 1.6 km loop trail through coastal forest.   15. Elwha Valley Distance from Port Angeles: 15 minutesDistance from Seattle: 2.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours The Elwha Valley is home to the Elwha River - one of the largest ecosystem restoration projects in National Park history. The Elwha Valley has several day trip hikes, including:Madison Falls: 0.2 miles / 0.3 kms round-tripCascade Rock: 5.2 miles / 8.4 kms round-tripGriff Creek: 9.6 miles / 15.4 kms round-tripOlympic Hot Springs: 21 miles / 33.8 kms round-trip For more information on the Elwha Valley, visit the National Park Service website.   

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Victoria to Seattle: Four Day Itinerary

Explore the best of the Pacific Northwest on a four-day itinerary through Victoria, Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula, and Seattle! From the best places to visit in each region, to the most popular attractions, and restaurants locals rave about — We've got you covered! Here's how we think you should spend four days in the Pacific Northwest... Parliament Buildings in downtown Victoria, BC Day One - Overnight in Victoria, BC 9:00am Depart Vancouver on BC Ferries from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. 10:35am Arrive at Swartz Bay ferry terminal in Victoria, depart for The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 11:00am Arrive at The Butchart Gardens.For the rest of the day: Explore downtown Victoria at your leisure and check into your hotel accommodation.  Book an exclusive Victoria hotel + ferry package through Black Ball Ferry Line. Save BIG on Victoria hotels and receive FREE hotel parking! We'll also waive your ferry reservation fee. BOOK A VICTORIA HOTEL PACKAGE Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC — A stop on the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour Here are our recommendations on how to make the most of the rest of your day in downtown Victoria: 1) Eat like a local in downtown Victoria Lunch Recommendations - Red Fish, Blue Fish — Some of the city's best fish and chips!- 10 Acres Commons — Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.- Pink Bicycle — Wide selection of homemade burgers & yummy mac n' cheese bites.- Tacofino — Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!- Pizzeria Prima Strada — Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza... Absolutely delicious.- Garrick's Head Pub — A favorite pub among the locals! Dinner Recommendations- Il Covo — An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.- Heron Rock Bistro — French cuisine made with local ingredients.- Nobu Japanese Tapas — Share plates with an Asian flair.- Tapa Bar — Spanish-inspired tapas.- Be Love — Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.- 10 Acres Bistro — A farm-table experience. Having a hard time deciding where to go? Book a food tour with Off The Eaten Track Food Tours, and experience a bit of everything! Tour through iconic neighborhoods and taste authentically local food along the way. Off the Eaten Track admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.  2) See Victoria on Gray Line's Hop-on, Hop-off City TourExperience Victoria like no other aboard one of our authentic British Double Decker buses! The Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour is designed to allow you the flexibility to explore the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Your ticket allows you access to unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off privileges for either 1 or 2 days depending on which pass you choose to purchase. Hop-on, Hop-off admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 3) Embark on a Whale Watching AdventureExplore the Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters in Victoria in the summer months. Take advantage of the opportunity to view several different species of whales in the wild as well as an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife from downtown Victoria. Prince of Whales Whale Watching admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 4) Explore the streets and shops of downtown Victoria Take a stroll down one of Victoria's main streets — Government Street. Here you'll find a variety of restaurants (Bard & Banker, Irish Times, and Garrick's Head, to name a few), and iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and many other souvenir shops. Be sure to check out Low Jo too (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops and restaurants to explore. EXPLORE OTHER VICTORIA ATTRACTIONS Downtown Port Angeles, WA at dusk Day Two - Explore more of Victoria, then overnight in Port Angeles, WA 8:00am Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so begin your day a bit earlier to avoid the lines! 10:00am Explore the Royal BC Museum.See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Experience authentic artifacts and highly realistic settings -- from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to a tar-scented trip on the HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street and enjoy its shops, cinema, and railway station. Royal BC Museum admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.12:00pm Lunch at a local Victoria restaurant, or enjoy a classic afternoon tea experience in the Pendray Tea House at the Huntingdon Manor. Afternoon tea can be booked through Black Ball Ferry Line. If you are planning to travel with your vehicle on our ferry, you can park your vehicle in the lot any time after the sailing before departs (ex. If you are catching the 3:00pm sailing, you can park your vehicle any time after the 10:30am sailing departs). The Pendray Tea House is located across the street from our Victoria terminal. 1:30pm Arrive at Black Ball Ferry Line in Victoria for US Immigration. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 90 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)3:00pm Ferry departs for Port Angeles.4:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles, and go through US Customs. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. We recommend... 1) Shopping and dinner in downtown Port AngelesPick up a souvenir, or special item to commemorate your trip! Downtown Port Angeles is filled with local antique stores, clothing, quaint bookstores, and other small shops.Enjoy a local bite! There are so many great restaurants in Port Angeles to choose from... For something a little more casual, Next Door Gastropub and BarHop Brewing are local favorites. Or, treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at Kokopelli Grill or Bella Italia. 2) Stroll along the Port Angeles waterfrontBegin at Port Angeles City Pier, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and located beside our ferry terminal. Then, continue on to the Olympic Discovery Trail where you'll pass Hollywood Beach in front of the Red Lion Hotel. Enjoy sunset at the beach, or stroll along as much trail as you'd like. The Olympic Discovery Trail spans about 140 miles/225 km between Port Townsend and La Push on the Olympic Peninsula. 3) Try the local brews on a self-guided craft beer adventureSample the fine flavors of some great craft beers on the Olympic Peninsula on this self-guided tour of Port Angeles' best pubs and breweries. Receive a pint each from 3 local brewers. All 3 tasting locations are in downtown Port Angeles, and less than a 5-minute stroll from each other and the ferry terminal.  Sol Duc Falls on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail in Olympic National Park Day Three - Explore the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park Before you begin your day of exploring, enjoy breakfast in Port Angeles. We recommend First Street Haven or New Day Eatery, for a sit-down breakfast, or the Great Northern Coffee Bar, if you are looking for a light snack and coffee-to-go. 1) Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park (self-guided tour, about 7-8 hours, includes drive-time)Looking for a unique outdoor experience? Spend the morning hiking in the largest temperate rain forest in the contiguous USA, followed by an afternoon of exploration on a stunning portion of the 73 mile Olympic Wilderness Coast. The diversity of Olympic at its best! 2) Experience an Olympic Peninsula waterfall adventure (up to a full day, depending on how many waterfalls you want to see)The Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail encompasses over 20 breathtaking waterfalls on the Peninsula and in Olympic National Park. Visit the Olympic Peninsula's website for more information on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. 3) A scenic flightseeing tour with Rite Bros Aviation and guided Port Angeles Underground and Heritage Tour (half-day tour, about 4 hours)From the comfort of a small plane, you'll be treated to an exclusive look at the sites and wonders of the Olympic Peninsula. Book a flight sightseeing tour through Black Ball Ferry Line. then enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the city’s downtown area. Your expert tour guide will captivate your group with tales of the city spanning more than 100 years, and glimpses into what remains of a long-ago era. Book the Underground Tour through Black Ball Ferry Line. 4) Explore everything Twilight (half-day, about 4-5 hours)Visit iconic Twilight destinations throughout the Olympic Peninsula. Check out the Forks Visitor Information Center (with Bella's red truck), stroll along First Beach in La Push, and stop for lunch/dinner at Bella Italia. Visit the Olympic Peninsula for a full guide on everything Twilight! Kayaking on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park Day Four - Continue to Seattle or Return to Victoria 8:00am Depart for Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls, or depart for Hurricane Ridge... OR, if you have some extra time and aren't ready to leave the Olympic Peninsula, do both! We recommend allocating at least three hours for each activity (which includes drive-time and time for exploring). OPTION 1 - Depart for Victoria, BC11:00am Leave Hurricane Ridge or Lake Crescent.11:45am Arrive at the Port Angeles ferry terminal.12:45pm Ferry departs for Victoria at 12:45pm. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 40 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)2:15pm Arrive in downtown Victoria and go through Canada Customs. OPTION 2 - Continue to Seattle, WASeattle is about a 2.5-hour drive from Port Angeles. If you'd like to stop for a stretch (or two), there are many great places along the way. Cape Flattery on the Olympic Peninsula, WA — The northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States Optional stops on the way to Seattle Other stops in Olympic National ParkCape FlatteryRuby BeachSol Duc FallsElwha RiverMount Storm KingSpruce Railroad TrailShi Shi Beach Sequim, WA — About 30 minutes from Port AngelesOlympic Game FarmLavender Farms (ex. Purple Haze Lavender)Dungeness Spit7 Cedars CasinoSequim River BridgeDungeness River Audubon Center Port Townsend, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesFort Worden Historic State ParkPuget Sound Express Whale WatchingHistoric walking toursPort Townsend Marine Science Center Port Gamble, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesPort Gamble Historic District Tacoma, WA — About 2 hours from Port AngelesAmerica’s Car MuseumMuseum of GlassPoint Defiance Park Downtown Seattle, WA Iconic things to do in Seattle Pike Place Market: Be sure to check out the original Starbucks.The Gum Wall: A stop at Pike Place isn't complete without leaving your chewing gum with everyone else's!Space Needle: The best views in the city.Chihuly Garden and Glass: Extravagant displays of Dale Chihuly's art pieces.Museum of Pop Culture: Dozens of exhibits on everything (and more) you never knew about contemporary pop culture.The Museum of Flight: One of the largest collections of airplanes and space vehicles in the USA.Discovery Park: Need some fresh air? Take a stroll through this 534-area park.The Seattle Great Wheel: A 175 foot iconic Ferris wheel located at Pier 57 in downtown Seattle... You can't miss it!

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The Route

Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. It is the most direct ferry crossing between Victoria and the United States, with daily, year-round service provided.

The 90-minute, 22.59 nautical mile (42 km) trip is a scenic journey through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the crossing, enjoy the ship’s many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas.

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