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Exploring the Olympic Discovery Trail in Washington State

The Olympic Discovery Trail is a multi-use recreational trail located on the Northern Coast of Washington State. The trail, when completed, will span over 135 miles long. Currently, the trail is officially 92 miles, and is used for various activities such as walking, running and cycling. This trail is easily accessible from our ferry terminal in Port Angeles and is surrounded by luscious forests, rivers, the coastline and mountains. If you are a nature lover or outdoor enthusiast, this trail is for you! The Olympic Discovery Trail is designed to be accessible and accommodating for everyone. Map of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Credit: The Olympic Discovery Trail.  The Olympic Discovery Trail is a public trail that is maintained by local organizations, volunteers and government agencies to provide a recreational resource for the community and visitors. The construction of the trail has spanned over the past 35 years, with 75% of the trail now complete.  Aerial View of the Olympic Discovery Trail. As you travel along the trail, you will have a chance to visit quaint towns on the Olympic Peninsula such as Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks. Plus, if you’re wanting to spend a dreamy night under the stars, you’re in luck! The Olympic Discovery Trail conveniently passes through numerous camping options, including National Park, State, and County campgrounds! Beyond natural beauty, the trail also offers an insightful journey on the history of the area. Along the way you will come across pieces of the past that tell stories of Indigenous Peoples. One notable historical site along the trail is the Elwha River Dam removal. The restoration project not only revitalizes the environment but also honors the cultural significance of the trip. Forested Pathway of the Olympic Discovery Trail. The trails' well-maintained surfaces make it accessible for diverse activities, such as walking, biking, running, rollerblading and horseback riding in some sections. There are numerous access points along the trail allowing you to choose a section that matches your desired level of challenge. The trail offers an opportunity to cover longer distances and explore the Olympic Peninsula, especially if you are traveling by bike. If you're in need of a place to rest during your adventure, there are also quiet areas to stop throughout the trail to enjoy a sweet picnic with your family or friends.  Walkway on Lake Crescent.  Top Spots Along the Olympic Discovery TrailPort Angeles: No surprises here! As the trail winds through Port Angeles, it provides easy access to the town’s vibrant downtown area, local amenities, and of course the Black Ball terminal. Elwha River Valley: The Elwha River section of the trails offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and the Elwha River. Be sure to visit the Elwha River Dam Removal site, which has led to the restoration of the river’s ecosystem.Lake Crescent: The trail passes along the northern shore of Lake Crescent, one of the most picturesque spots on the Olympic Peninsula. You can take a break, go for a swim, or enjoy the stunning scenery.Sol Duc Valley: This section of the trail offers access to Sol Duc Hot Springs and Sol Duc Falls, a beautiful waterfall in Olympic National Park.Forks: The town of Forks is famous for its connection to the “Twilight” book and movie series, and it’s a good place to stop for refreshments and explore the nearby natural beauty, including the Hoh Rainforest.La Push: Near the western end of the trail, you can visit the coastal community of La Push, known for its stunning beaches and sea stacks. Whether you’re up for excitement, quiet thinking, spending time with friends or just a break from the everyday routine, the Olympic Discovery Trail is all that and more! The adventure goes beyond the trail itself and it gives us a reminder that there's more to explore, both in the world around us and within ourselves! Cycling on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

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Top Things To Do In Victoria, BC This Fall (2023)

Fall is a beautiful time of year to travel to Victoria, BC! Cozy up inside at one of Victoria's brunch places (eggs benedict are a must!), or immerse yourself in Victoria's historic culture with several indoor experiences. We also recommend bundling up and enjoying the fall elements and foliage outside at The Butchart Gardens, or at one of Victoria's many hiking trails or beaches.  PLUS, save on Victoria hotel + ferry deals from $99 USD pp/do... It's the best rate of the year!  Read below for our curated list of fantastic activities to do during fall in Victoria, BC.   Fall at The Butchart Gardens. 1. Soak in the Fall Colors at The Butchart Gardens Fall is the perfect time to do a trip to The Butchart Gardens. Not only is it usually quieter, it's also the perfect time to soak in the fall colors... One of our favorite areas to visit during the fall is the Japanese Gardens. While you are there, enjoy traditional winter tea in The Gardens Dining Room, or sweet treat and warm drink from the Coffee Shop. Buy The Butchart Gardens Tickets Goldstream Provincial Park. 2. Watch the Salmon Run at Goldstream Park Watch the miracle of nature happening right before your eyes! Every year, Chum, Coho, and Chinook salmon storm the Goldstream river to spawn, coming back to the place where many moons prior they had spawned themselves. The salmon run typically lasts from mid-October to early-December and is a great way to educate your kiddos on the importance of natural ecosystems! Visit Goldstream Park's website for more information. Ghostly walk with Discover the Past Walking Tours. Credit: Discover the Past Walking Tours. 2. Take a Ghostly Walk or Haunted Tour Listen to chilling ghost stories in Canada's most haunted city. Experience spine-chilling spooks as you learn about the haunted history of Victoria. For those who are a little less ghost-inclined, there are also non-haunted history tours.  Buy Discover the Past Tickets Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse Room. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Taste the Season's Best Ciders Visit some of the island's best cideries and score yourself a taste of what this harvest season has to offer! You can do tastings at many cideries throughout Vancouver Island, including some of our favorites, Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, Junction Orchard and Cider, and Victoria Cider Co. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while sipping on a delicious beverage! Pumpkin patch. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 5. Get Spooked at Galey Farms From Pumpkin Fest to CarnEvil, Galey Farms has something for everyone in the family. Visit during the day and take a ride out to the pumpkin patch for family pumpkin picking! Or, arrive at night for the Festival of Fear which includes the corn maze of horror, crazy train and a haunted house! For the scare-seekers, we recommend CarnEvil, a 5,000 square foot haunted house! Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress. 6. Relax at a Spa There’s no better way to cozy up in the fall than treating yourself to a rejuvenating spa experience. Victoria boasts a variety of world-class spas, each with its own unique charm and offerings. Some of our top picks include the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress, Free Spirit Botanicals, and Sapphire Day Spa. Interactivity Board Game Cafe. 7. Get Competitive at Interactivity Board Game Cafe The Interactivity Board Game Cafe is a delightful establishment that blends the joy of playing board games with the cozy ambience of a cafe. This unique venue offers over 1000 board games in store to play, try, or buy. Snacks, sandwiches, candy, drinks and more are available for your enjoyment while you take part in the timeless joy of tabletop games. Sunset at Dallas Road. 8. Find Your Peace by the Ocean at a Victoria Beach Victoria is home to more beautiful beaches than one can imagine, and they remain breathtaking year-round. If you can brave the fall weather, you will be sure enjoy a serene experience in the quiet season. Check out a range of beaches, including Gonzales, Willows, Cattle Point, Witty's Lagoon, or meander along the beaches of Dallas road nearby our terminal. Burger and Fries. Credit: Burger Crush. 9. Eat like a Local in Downtown Victoria Lunch Recommendations •Bao: A cozy place specializing in Asian street food such as bao buns plus cocktails and beers.•10 Acres Commons: Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.•Tacofino: Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!•Burger Crush: Streamlined eatery doling out burgers, shakes & hand-cut fries, plus vegan fare & coconut ice cream.•Foo Asian Street Food: Easygoing place serving varied Asian street food, beer & cider in a contemporary space with a patio.•Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken: Fried chicken, soups & other traditional Korean dishes round out the menu at this casual outpost. Dinner Recommendations•Il Covo: An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.•Heron Rock Bistro: French cuisine made with local ingredients.•Tapa Bar: Spanish-inspired tapas.•Be Love: Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.•10 Acres Bistro: A farm-table experience.•Cafe Brio: Unpretentious choice for salumi, wine & Italian-leaning meals, made from local ingredients.•Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya: Japanese small & shared plates & extensive sushi menu with a full bar in a relaxed, modern setting. Aisles of Books at Russell's. Credit: Russell Books. 10. Turn the Pages at Russell Books Nothing says fall like curling up with a good book. Luckily, Downtown Victoria is home to Russell Books, a family-owned company that has been a staple of downtown Victoria since 1991. If you're looking for a great book as part of your cozy getaway, Russell Books has something for you. Horse-drawn carriage tour. 11. Tour Victoria on a Cozy Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Buy Victoria Carriage Tour Tickets Brunch at Heron Rock Bistro. 12. Do Brunch in the Brunch Capital of Canada Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, Nourish Cafe or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so get an early start to the day to avoid the lines!

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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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