Located in Washington’s northwest corner, the Olympic Peninsula is a land like no other. It is both environmentally and culturally rich from the jigsaw coastlines, temperate rainforests, and glacial-capped peaks of Olympic National Park to the organic farms and wineries of the Dungeness Valley to the cultural centers of native tribes in La Push and Neah Bay and the the Victorian history of Port Townsend. There’s an adventure for every age and spirit here. Hurricane Ridge Photo courtesy Val Herschel
Pick your AdventureOlympic Peninsula, often referred to as one of the “SecretPlaces” of Washington State, is a natural world that hasescaped the effects of mankind – Where else can yousnowshoe in the morning and kayak in the afternoon.Travelers to the peninsula can chose from kayaking,rafting, canoeing, scuba diving, or stand-up paddleboarding in the lakes, rivers and ocean. The OlympicPeninsula is also home to some of the Pacific Northwests Photo courtesy Gary Luhnmost fertile fishing grounds. Fly fishing in the Sol DucRivers perfect, pristine environment grants a special yeararound pleasure for fishermen of all levels. On land,explore the fresh and saltwater shorelines, try a guidedhike through the Hoh and Quinault rainforests, bike theAdventure Trail, snowshoe atop Hurricane Ridge, hunt forwaterfalls, watch for whales, or relax in Sol Duc HotSprings. Photo courtesy Jodi Riverstone
Olympic National Park- a Modern-day EdenThe Olympic Peninsula is home to the 1,400 square mileOlympic National Park. The park is often referred to as “threeparks in one” because of its three distinctly differentecosystems: the Pacific coastline, the Olympic Mountains andthe primeval forests. These diverse ecosystems are stilllargely pristine due to its wilderness designation. Lake CrescentThe wild and rugged coastline along the Pacific Ocean Photo courtesy Lonnie Archibaldstretches over 70 miles and is the longest undeveloped coastin the contiguous United States. The extensive alpine forestsare home to some of the worlds largest conifers, towering300 feet tall and measuring 25 feet around. Among theancient forests of old-growth trees exists one of only twotemperate rainforests in the Northern Hemisphere. Therugged Olympic mountains, home to the snow-capped MountOlympus and over 60 glaciers, are thought to be beautifulenough for the gods to dwell. Hoh Rainforest Photo courtesy Jodi Riverstone
Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail – A Magical Misty TourThe Waterfall Trail is a wonderful way to enjoy some of the best ofthe Olympic Peninsulas natural wonders. It is a self-guided tourfeaturing two dozen waterfalls, with more being added in2011. Some of the falls are wheelchair accessible while othersrequire backcountry hiking. A few are best viewed from the watervia a boat or raft. Some are in the temperate rain forests of thepeninsula, some are in the back country and some are along theeastern slopes of the Olympic Mountains in the Hood Canal area.There is a special waterfall for every visitor to claim as their favorite.This year-round tour will inspire excitement for viewing waterfalls aswell as a great sense of adventure in finding them.Share your experiences and photos on the website and join thewaterfall community on Facebook: Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. Visit us on Facebook
Olympic Discovery Trail – One of America’s PremierTrail Systems!The Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT), located along the northerncoast of the Olympic Peninsula traverses over 120 miles oflowlands between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait ofJuan de Fuca. The Olympic Discovery Trail runs through manydifferent types of terrain, several towns, two counties, OlympicNational Park, and Native American tribal jurisdictions on itsroute across the northern Olympic Peninsula. The trail isshared by bicycles, through-riders, equestrians, walkers,runners and various types of pet-walkers.Another feature of the trail is the Adventure Route. TheAdventure Route is being built by Clallam County volunteers asan adjunct to the Olympic Discovery Trail for active mountainbikers and horsemen.
Be a Culinary Explorer on the Olympic Culinary LoopThe Olympic Culinary Loop is a group of people who grow, harvest,catch and ultimately serve the Peninsula’s bounty that we callOlympic Coast Cuisine. Experiencing all that’s local is an adventure,and for many a fist time experience. There is something magicalabout smelling the earth on a farm tour, petting the soft velvety noseof a Jersey cow, or literally eating your way through a farmer’smarket with music filling the bright autumn day.Chefs around the Culinary Loop are creating dining experiences thatare quintessentially “Northwest” and have defined it as OlympicCoast Cuisine. From the raw ingredients to the methods ofpreparation, some following traditional native culture preparation,eating your way around the Peninsula will be memorable. Wines,ciders and craft beers have also become a staple in Olympic CoastCuisine.
Wildlife and the Whale TrailThe Olympic Peninsula offers outstanding opportunities tolearn about and see native wildlife. Due to the geologicalseparation of the Olympic Peninsula from other regions bywater and lowlands, Olympic National Park provides habitatto more than eight plant and 18 animal species that cannotbe found anywhere else in the world!Along Highway 112, one of the newest Scenic Byways,you’ll find locations designated as viewpoints for the WhaleTrail. In 2010 the Whale Trail was officially opened with 20marked sites. The Trail aims to educate travelers about thelocal Orca and marine mammal populations and theirenvironments. On the peninsula this new trail traversesfrom Puget Sound to La Push. A sign designates eachofficial site and displays information about the whales andother marine mammals that are known to frequent the area.In 2011 the trail hopes to double in size. Rialto Beach Photo courtesy Jodi Riverstone
Elwha Dam RemovalThe largest dam removal in U.S. history begins on September17! To celebrate this milestone, Olympic National Park, theLower Elwha Klallam Tribe and numerous local organizationsare planning a multi-day kick-off event during the weekend ofSeptember 17-18.Removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams on the ElwhaRiver will continue over the next 2 ½ to three years. The 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam will be the tallest dam ever removedin U.S. history. Dam removal, revegetation efforts and otherrestoration work is intended to restore the Elwha’s legendarysalmon runs and the ecosystem of an entire river valley.Removing both the 105-foot Elwha Dam and the 210-footGlines Canyon dam will once again allow five species ofPacific salmon, as well as steelhead, coastal cutthroat troutand bull trout to return to more than 70 miles of pristinespawning habitat in the river and its tributaries..
Native Cultures Learn about Local CulturesThe Olympic Peninsula was an Eden for its early inhabitantsand today, Native Americans are still a strong presence. In •Check out Makah artisan wares atfact, Olympic National Park is close to the reservations of the Makah Cultural and Researchseveral tribes. The Skokomish, Chehalis, Hoh, Quinault, CenterQuileute, Makah and three SKlallam tribes live on the •Watch a demonstration at theOlympic Peninsula, a land of abundant natural resources, S’Klallam carving houseand from it, they have built a rich culture here. •Visit the Quileutes at the QuileuteThe world-famous Makah Cultural and Research Center in Oceanside Resort in LaPushNeah Bay has been open since 1975 and it is the nation’sfinest tribal museum with 500 year old artifacts such astools, canoes, basketry and a full size log house!The tribes of the Olympic Peninsula are stewards of thePeninsula’s resources and partners in preservation. Theyretain strong cultural traditions and are committed to havingtheir youth carry forward traditional knowledge and Nativelanguage. Photo courtesy Jodi Riverstone
Welcome to the Land of TwilightStep into the land of Twilight across the OlympicPeninsula to retrace the lives of our belovedTwilight characters. Yes, we really live here andyou can experience first-hand the feeling of beingenveloped in the rain forest. Participate in theTwilight phenomenon in Port Angeles, Forks andLaPush. Take an organized Twilight tour or pick upthe map and trivia questions at the Forks Chamberof Commerce to create your own, self-guided tour. Click map to enlargeMust-dos for true Twilight fans include having ameal at Bella Italia, a self-guided tour of La Pushand Forks, and taking a photo with Bella’s trucklocated at the Forks Visitors Center.
Media Contacts Amy ShadellAmy@adventuremedianews.com 970.568.7423 Mary Brelsford Mary@olympicpeninsula.org Beaver Falls Photo courtesy Lani Doely 360.452.8552 www.olympicpeninsula.org @VisitOlympics Shi Shi Beach Photo courtesy Jodi Riverstone