This drive is a counter-clockwise loop around the wild and woolly Olympic Peninsula. This drive traverses farmlands, follows the placid west bank of Hood Canal, enters thick, dripping, temperate rain forests, follows wide rivers and rushing creeks, and offers refreshing stopovers on sandy beaches and in small towns. Expect to spend about 10 glorious hours driving the 454-mile loop, which includes 100 miles on three side trips to Hurricane Ridge, the Hoh Rain Forest, and the beach town of La Push.
Special attractions: Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, river rafting, llama trekking, guided berry picking, horseback riding, beachcombing, clam digging, kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, biking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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