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18113 Upper Hoh Rd, Forks, WA 98331, USA
Stunning and green in the summer...and a great place for hikes. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the only temperate rain forests in the country, and the largest in the Pacific northwest. The ancient rain forest was formed thousands of years ago by...
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85 Pike St #500, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Walk, cycle or people-watch along the shores of Elliott Bay, a downtown stretch known for its circusy flair and spectacular vistas. You can ride the Great Wheel or visit the beloved Seattle Aquarium, home to wolf eels, sea otters, and the world's...
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1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
An iconic name in Portland retail—as well as among readers who have never been to the city—Powell’s has multiple locations on both sides of the Willamette. The downtown store remains the one best suited for visitors to explore,...
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Oregon, USA
If you have never had the opportunity to see Crater Lake in person, nothing can quite prepare you for the intense azul waters reflecting the sky. The deepest lake in the US, it is made up completely of collected water from melted snow and rain...
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California, USA
Its a long haul from San Francisco, but so magical when you arrive you almost forget how long you've been in the car.
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California, USA
“We wanted to go to Yosemite, but didn’t have time.” I’ve heard this refrain from several San Francisco visitors and they all have said it with regret. Yes, the reverent national park is outside of a short-drive comfort...
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3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
My daughter didn't label this part of her photo album "Mirkwood" for no reason. Not a giant spider in sight (thankfully), but if we had seen an elf behind a tree in Hoh Rain Forest, we hardly would have found it unanticipated. Despite the other...
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Orcas Island, Washington, USA
We left Seattle twenty years ago for the emphatically non-greener pastures of Chicago. It took twenty years to go back. You can do things twenty years later you couldn't before. As newlyweds impoverished by graduate school, we never got around...
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Americas
These aren't your grandma's windchimes. Intrigued by what appear to be random daliesque windmills dispersed along the main road of Orcas Island (“main” being a generous term here) we visit their source, Anthony Howe Art. The dirt road and...
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Sequim, WA 98382, USA
When we lived in Seattle, I told my husband I would willingly join the crowd pensioned off in Sequim, the retiree capital of the Pacific Northwest. Now, I know exactly where I plan to do it. Three Crabs Road. Or possibly Old Crab Road. That would...
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2358 W, US-101, Port Angeles, WA 98363, USA
Washington's Olympic Peninsula possesses the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer from alpine peaks to temperate rainforests and rugged coastline. Kayaking along the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a great way to explore the various coves along the...
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3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
This was our first U.S. National Park in the Pacific Northwest and it was awesome. If you can go, you must drive up the Hurricane Ridge. It is a bit of a drive, but it's absolutely gorgeous, and the views at the top are stunning. There's another...
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3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
Hiking along the Washington Coast can be an adventure. Hiking along the beach and through the rain forest is definitely an experience not to miss. Sea stacks pop out of the water along the coast, which is a site most beach hikes will not offer....
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Neah Bay, WA, USA
Cape Flattery is the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States. It is in Clallam County, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca joins the Pacific Ocean. It is also part of the Makah Reservation, and is...
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Ruby Beach, Washington 98331, USA
Just before the 101 veers inland after winding its way up the coast of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, a smallish spur road leads down to Ruby Beach, an immense expanse of sand broken by dramatic rock outcrops and the tangled remains of cedar and...
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392 La Push Rd, Forks, WA 98331, USA
You'll find the Second Beach trail head located on La Push Rd on the Quileute Indian Reservation. After a 0.7 mile hike through the Olympic National Forest you'll emerge from the trees to a nest of driftwood clustered up to where the the trail...
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654 E Division St, Forks, WA 98331, USA
Out on the Olympic Peninsula, the Miller Tree Bed and Breakfast in Forks is the place to stay if you are are visiting the Hoh and Rialto Beach. It has a stunning view of the mountains, it's an easy walk to the "downtown," and they have a great...
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Mora Rd, Forks, WA 98331, USA
By far, one of the most gorgeous beaches and coastal forests I have ever seen. It's not your typical, tropical beach with palm trees, but Rialto Beach is a gorgeous Pacific Northwest beach that is stunning to visit. Seeing a beach in the Pacific...
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12076 Sol Duc Hot Springs Rd., Port Angeles, WA 98363, USA
Tucked in the Olympic National Forest are the Sol Duc Hot Springs (not exactly a "resort"). Drive beyond them to the trailhead. From there you can hike as much as you like, but it's well worth it to at least take the very short hike to the...
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416 Lake Crescent Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98363, USA
In bounds of Olympic National Park in northwest Washington, the northern road follows along huge Lake Crescent. A side road allows you to explore trails, waterfalls, docks, and the old lodge, complete with kayaks, deck chairs, a crackling fire in...
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3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, USA
Hiking along the Pacific Coast at Olympic National Park--the Third Beach trailhead to the Scott Creek beach area, which has a fresh water source, as the name implies, and makes a great place to stay for the night. We began our trip at the Port...
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Hurricane Ridge, Washington 98362, USA
Hurricane Ridge is a short drive out of Port Angeles, Washington and is one of the easiest mountains to visit in the Olympic National Park. There is hiking in the summer and during the winter months, you can go skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or...