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Olympic Peninsula

Quick Escape: Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula

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Most people think the Olympic Peninsula town of Sequim (pronounced Skwim) is a retirees’ enclave with year-round sunshine, a rural landscape dotted with fragrant fields of purple lavender. And indeed, it is. But Sequim is slowly changing, and offers more to its visitors than sunshine and lavender (not that there’s anything wrong with oodles of sunshine!). […]

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Road Trip: Olympic National Park

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One of the nation’s most-visited natural treasures, Olympic National Park is a place of great beauty, mystery and intrigue. Ancient trees stand like giants, tall enough to pierce the sky. Chartreuse moss drapes across the canopy. The forest floor is carpeted in ferns. And at the edge of it all, a beach more wild than […]

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Olympic Peninsula Weekend: The Hybrid and the Kabin

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I’m a bit inclined to get stuck in ruts, from the cars I like to drive (old Volvo station wagons), to the campgrounds I prefer (tent sites near wilderness) to the toppings on my pizza (pineapple and hot peppers). And that’s usually okay because really, change is over-rated.   But one kind of change is not over-rated: climate change. Our record-hot […]

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Quick Escape: Lake Crescent

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People come to glacially-carved Lake Crescent to see its crystal clear waters ringed with fragrant conifers. They stay for an enchanting hike to a waterfall and a night at the historic lakeside lodge. Thousands of years ago, massive sheets of ice carved this long, deep lake through the Olympic mountains. And deep it is–the second deepest […]

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Quick Escape: Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula

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Most people think the Olympic Peninsula town of Sequim (pronounced Skwim) is a retirees’ enclave with year-round sunshine, a rural landscape dotted with fragrant fields of purple lavender. And indeed, it is. (the Sequim Lavender Festival is July 15-17, 2016) But Sequim is slowly changing, and offers more to its visitors than sunshine and lavender (not […]

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Q: How to Visit the Rain Forest from Seattle?

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Dear TripFinder, I’ve got friends coming in from Belgium in 2 weeks. They wanted to tour the Olympic Rain Forest. What can I tell them they can do when they arrive in Seattle (headed ultimately for Yakima)? -Karen in Yakima   Dear Karen, My answer depends how long your friends have to sneak in a […]

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Destination: Bremerton

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Bremerton is a small city surrounded on three sides by the waters of Puget Sound. Depending on who you ask, Bremerton is either charming and livable, or run-down and a bit boring. We think of it as the former, especially for its slowly-but-surely revitalizing downtown, good places to eat and panoramic views of the Cascades […]

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Q: Great Camping on the Washington Coast?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Hi there! We’re driving down from BC, Canada and shooting for Bogachiel State Park and checking out the Hoh Rainforest, but we were looking for a nice midpoint between there and Oregon, something a long the coast, or not far from it. Any suggestions come to mind? Oh- and I should mention first […]

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CAMP: Scenic Beach State Park

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Never heard of this Washington State Park and campground? Some of the best-kept secrets are that way for a reason, and in the case of Scenic Beach State Park, it’s simply far enough off the beaten path to fly under the radar. Located on the upper arm of Hood Canal’s eastern shore near Seabeck, Scenic Beach State Park’s 52 spacious […]

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Scenic Drive: North Olympic Peninsula

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Scenery and history converge on the north coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. For this road trip you’ll want to pack your camera and binoculars–the route is bursting with maritime heritage, military history and an abundance of wildlife.   The Details Start: Kingston (take ferry from Edmonds) End: Port Angeles Length: 73 miles one-way, plus optional stops and sidetrips Good to […]

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