Olympic Peninsula West End Attractions
Olympic Peninsula West End Attractions
Forks Timber Museum
Our museum offers a look into the rich history of homesteading, farming and logging in the Pacific Northwest, presented in a log cabin structure built by talented local volunteers and the High School Carpentry Class of 1989. Come share this rich history with us and help to preserve the memory of those who have gone before us.
- Visit the Forks Timber Museum Website
Makah Tribal Museum
The Makah Cultural and Research Center includes the world renowned Makah Museum, as well as the Museum store, Makah Language Program, Archives and Library Department, Makah Education Department, and Tribal Historic Preservation Office.
The museum interprets and houses 300-500 year old artifacts recovered from the Ozette Archaeological Site. There are also other historic and replica pieces and photographs related to the Makah Tribe on display year-round.
- Visit the Makah Museum Website
Travel to Forks, Washington to see the actual town where author Stephenie Meyer based her Twilight saga novels. Discover the magic of the rainiest town in the contiguous United States, just like Bella did! Explore the rain forest and beaches and just maybe, catch a glimpse of a vampire or werewolf!
The Olympic National Park
With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. Come explore!
The Hoh Rain Forest
Throughout the winter season, rain falls frequently in the Hoh Rain Forest, contributing to the yearly total of 140 to 170 inches (or 12 to 14 feet!) of precipitation each year. The result is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species. Mosses and ferns that blanket the surfaces add another dimension to the enchantment of the rainforest.
The Hoh Rain Forest is located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rainforest which once spanned the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California. The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States and is one of the park's most popular destinations.
- Visit the Hoh Rain Forest Website
Kalaloch and Ruby Beach
For thousands of marine species, these coastal waters are a safe haven. The marine environment and offshore islands are protected by three national wildlife refuges and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The refuges manage the islands visible above high tide waters for 135 miles along the coast. Large nesting colonies of birds like common murres and tufted puffins need these rocky outposts.
Kalaloch is one of the most visited areas of Olympic National Park. Kalaloch and Ruby Beach are located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula. They are accessible directly off of Highway 101.
- Visit the Kalaloch and Ruby Beach Website
Sol Duc Hot Springs
Spending the night in a rustic, charming Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort cabin is the ideal way to experience Sol Duc's serenity and the supremely relaxing hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington. Our Sol Duc cabin rentals are surrounded by towering evergreens along the Sol Duc River in a picturesque valley.
At Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, you'll have convenient access to our hot mineral-spring pools, massage therapists, poolside deli, restaurant, gift shop, and convenience store.
- Visit the Sol Duc Hot Springs Website
Nestled in the northern foothills of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Crescent lies about 18 miles west of Port Angeles (directions). The pristine waters of this deep, glacially carved lake make it an ideal destination for those in search of natural beauty.
A massive landslide isolated Lake Crescent from Lake Sutherland approximately 7,000 years ago. There are two uniquely adapted populations, the Crescenti and Beardslee trout, that resulted from genetic isolation following this event.
- Visit the Lake Crescent Website
Olympic Peninsula Web Cams
Olympic Peninsula West End River Flows
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Traveling to NW Ontario?
For our friends looking for adventure and excellent accommodations, I would highly recommend http://www.myliesplaceresort.com/ in NW Ontario.
They have been a family business for three generations. Make sure you put a visit on your "must see" list.
As it is with the Olympic Rainforest, there is no place in North America like the Canadian Shield!