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Olympia National Park

An August 2003 trip to Olympia by seis

Sol Duc Hot Springs Photo, Port Angeles, Washington More Photos
Quote: This is one of the most astounding national parks in the country. The picturesque scenery is full of breathtaking beaches, moss-laden trees, and magnificent waterfalls. We spent hours hiking, strolling beaches, and soaking up natural hot springs. This is a great romantic getaway or family vacation.

Olympia National Park

Overview

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Dungeness National is not only a wildlife sanctuary and amazing beach, but also contains a gorgeous working lighthouse. Sol Duc Falls and Hot Springs is a great resort and sooo relaxing. Hurricane Ridge Hoh Rain Forest Quick Tips: Make sure you plan your trip well, and call ahead for the day trips. I suggest calling the visitor center and talking with the park rangers. They are better than a travel agent for planning this kind of trip. We solely relied on National Park maps, and were disappointed when some of the day trips took longer than we thought they would. For example, we started out to see the Dungeness lighthouse very late,...Read More
Kalaloch Lodge Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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b> Kalaloch Lodge If you have ever wanted to stay at a Grand National Park lodge, but could not afford it, think again. Kalaloch Lodge is the steal of the century. Located on the Ocean in Olympic National Forest it boasts only ten rooms, but also has many cabins. The setting is on black sand beaches surrounded with old growth forests, and is extremely accommodating. The lodge accepts pets, and is extremely family friendly. There are many hiking trails, and the lodge offers nature tours. A must is the hike to Ruby Beach, which was rated one of the ten best beaches by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. NGAM is how we found out about Kala...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2004

Kalaloch Lodge
157151 Route 101, 35 Miles South Of Forks
Olympic National Park, Washington
(360) 962-2271

KOA Kampgrounds

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Hotel | "Port Angeles KOA"

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Best Things Nearby:In addition to the park activities mentioned above, this campground is located very near Port Angeles, which has a lot of nice shops and restaurants. There is a local winery on the road you turn into the KOA. They give tours and wine tastings, and it should definitely be visited if you enjoy wine. Also, there is a movie theatre approx. 2 miles away, but the campground also rents movies. Port Angeles as the name implies has a nice waterfront section that could also be of interest. From Port Angeles you can catch a ferry to British Columbia, so this could be a great jumping off point as well.Best Things About the Resort: Hot Tub This is th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

KOA Kampgrounds
80 O'Brien Road.
Port Angeles, Washington 98362
(360) 457-5916

Sol Duc Hot Springs

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Sol Duc Hot Springs Photo, Port Angeles, Washington
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Best Things Nearby: Sol Duc Falls This has got to be one of the most amazing waterfalls I have ever seen. It is actually three waterfalls in one, and you can climb down to sit on the top of it. Be very careful, as the rocks have a tendency to be very slick, and a fall from the top of the falls would most likely be fatal. The trail to the falls is easy, and has a cool historic cabin along the way. There are plenty of longer more strenuous hikes in the area, as well as, hikes to other waterfalls. See the other falls first and save this one for the grand finale. There are horse stables nearby the resort, and the resort can make arrangements for you. I am afraid of horses, and did not ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Sol Duc Hot Springs
12076 Sol Duc Hot Springs Road
Port Angeles, Washington 98363
(360) 327-3583

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Attraction | "Dungeness Wildlife Refuge"

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Photo, Olympia, Washington
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There is a small fee to enter the refuge that goes to maintain it, and the station is manned by well informed volunteers, who will happily answer any questions. There are two trails; an easy 3/8-mile trail takes visitors through the forest from the Refuge parking lot to an overlook on the bluff above Dungeness Spit. There are telescopes for peering all the way down the spit. The trail continues down a steep hill for about half a mile to the beach and continues for 4 1/2 miles along the beach to the New Dungeness Lighthouse. The Lighthouse gives daily tours and has public facilities such as restrooms and picnic tables. The Lighthouse tour is definitely worth it, and if you can time it right so is the s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Olympia, Washington

Hurricane Ridge/Olympic National Park

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Attraction | "Hurrican Ridge Hike"

Hurricane Ridge/Olympic National Park Photo, Olympic National Park, Washington
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This gives a panoramic view of Olympia National Park from Port Angeles and the Puget Sound to the Straits of Juan de Fuca. The trail connects with other trails to make a loop, or you can come back the way you came. Wildflowers bloom all along the trail in the summer time. This is a great short trail with impressive scenery, and although I rate it easy, serious hikers should not skip it. Blacktailed Deer (see warning above) and marmots are frequent visitors, and often they can be seen on the trail. There are isolated areas on top of this hill where trees provide shade for rest. Winds blow hard here, so I advise bringing a windbreaker even if doesn’t feel windy at the visitor station. Ther...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 4, 2003

Hurricane Ridge/Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge Road, Off Mount Angeles Road
Port Angeles, Washington