Looping the Olympic Peninsula

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Looping the Olympic Peninsula

July 1, 2022 Lilly Longshore

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I have visited tropical rainforests, including the Amazon, but a temperate rainforest? I couldn’t picture it, much less a temperate rainforest within three hours of a major American city. Yet Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is home to four temperate rainforests — the Hoh, Quinault, Queets and Bogchiel — as well as the Olympic National Park, and it’s just a short distance from Seattle. Once I rolled in, the region hooked me.

TOTAL MILES: 395 miles starting and ending in Olympia
DAYS/NIGHTS: 6 days/5 nights
STOPS: Olympia, Quinault, Rialto Beach, Forks, Port Angeles and Port Townsend, WA

My first visit to the Olympic Peninsula started a tradition for me, rich with many repeat visits and years of discovery. Covering over 3,600 square [...]

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