Fall Driving

Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway - Hwy 112

One of the nation's newest National Scenic Byways, it follows the shoreline of a glacial fjord that connects Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, separating the Olympic Peninsula from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This dramatic stretch of coastline with rugged cliffs and forests, reaches farther into the cold waters of the North Pacific than any other mainland point in the lower 48 states. Eagles, otters and gray whales are common sights, depending on the time of year.

Location

Highway 112 Scenic BywayClallam Bay, Sekiu, Neah Bay
United States
48° 9' 38.9448" N, 123° 57' 14.1624" W
See map: Google Maps

Kalaloch Beaches

Scenic ocean shores with easy access are found in the Kalaloch (pronounced clay-lock) area, 15 miles south of the Rain Forest Road on Hwy 101. Beach Trail 4 is a pebble beach with dramatic surf (beware of the strong undertow), tidal pools and is a popular place to dip for smelt (schools of small fish that spawn in the surf in warm, calm weather and can be caught with a large net). Picturesque Ruby Beach with a meandering creek, dramatic sea stacks, and drift logs is named for its sometimes garnet-colored sand. A gold mining operation was located here in the early 1900’s.

Location

Kalaloch Beaches
United States
47° 36' 16.92" N, 124° 22' 15.96" W
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Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse

At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sandspit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of water mammals. Its trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Location

Dungeness Spit and LighthouseSequim, WA, 98382
United States
48° 8' 24.4356" N, 123° 11' 41.874" W
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Shipwreck Point Beach

Shipwreck Point Beach, between Sekiu and Neah Bay,  is a State Natural Resource Conservation Area, which includes outstanding examples of native ecosystems and scenic landscapes.

Location

Clallam Bay SekiuWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Best dining in Jefferson County outside Port Townsend

Best dining in Jefferson County outside Port Townsend

First step: Grab a pair of Olympic Culinary Loop MAP's (one to drool over, and the other to navigate to many of these delicious destinations!)

HOOD CANAL - BRINNON QUILCENE

World's Largest Red Cedar Tree

World Champion Western Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata)

Section 36, Township 26 North, Range 13 West, W.M.  Jefferson County

19.4 feet in diameter, 178 feet tall, estimated 1000 years old.

Around La Push

This drive-to beach is a beautiful spot to enjoy the surf and watch shorebirds, eagles and seals. The 1-1/4 mile trek north to “Hole-in-the-Wall” begins here.

LOWER HAMMA HAMMA FALLS

Along the Hamma Hamma River The falls occur where the river drops into a small gorge over a large pile of boulders. 

 

Location

LOWER HAMMA HAMMA FALLSWA
United States
47° 35' 50.7264" N, 123° 8' 14.4276" W
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Port Townsend Cider Route

Download a PDF Map for directions to three of the area's Craft Cider Makers.

Alpenfire Cider
220 Pocket Lane Pt Townsend, WA
(360) 379-8915 ~ Website

Finnriver Farm & Cidery
62 Barn Swallow Rd Chimacum, WA
(360) 732-4337  ~ Website

Eaglemount Wine & Cider
2350 Eaglemount Rd Pt Townsend, WA
(360) 732-4084 ~ Website

Location

Gateway Visitor's Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
United States
47° 53' 28.7952" N, 122° 43' 55.1532" W
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Hoh Rain Forest

Among the only protected temperate rain forests in the Northern Hemisphere, the Hoh Rain Forest is a not-to-be-missed attraction on the West Side of the Olympic Peninsula. Moisture-laden air from the Pacific brings an average of 140 inches of annual rainfall to the Hoh Valley,(record of 190 inches) in addition to condensed mist that contributes another 30 inches. Nineteen miles inland from Hwy 101 you’ll find the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

Location

Hoh RainforestWA
United States
47° 51' 39.2004" N, 123° 56' 5.3124" W
See map: Google Maps