PORT ANGELES, Wash.— Unplug, explore and reconnect with a trip that truly allows you to vacate from everyday routine and get lost in the wildly lush Pacific Northwest. Magical, mysterious wonders await on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where the whole family can enjoy a vacation to remember! Here are five ideas that will keep the whole family entertained for adventures fit for kinship bonding:
Take the Magical Misty Tour in search of the Peninsula’s many waterfalls. Wash away any sibling quarrels with the awe-striking beauty of these countless wonders.
Spot marine life. Along Highway 112, one of the newest Scenic Byways, you’ll find locations designated as viewpoints for the Whale Trail. In 2010, the Whale Trail was officially opened with 20 marked sites. The Trail aims to educate travelers about the local Orca and marine mammal populations and their environments. On the peninsula, this trail traverses from Puget Sound to Kalaloch. A sign designates each official site and displays information about the whales and other marine mammals known to frequent the area.
Step into the land of Twilight to retrace the lives of the beloved Twilight characters. In Forks, take an organized Twilight tour or pick up a self-guided tour map at the Forks Visitor Center. Take a picture of the kids with Bella’s truck, then enjoy a meal of mushroom ravioli at Bella Italia Restaurant in Port Angeles – a must-do for all Twihards!
Explore the park. The Olympic Peninsula is home to the 1,400 square mile Olympic National Park. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park has three distinctly different ecosystems: the Pacific coastline, the Olympic Mountains and the primeval forests.
Work up a sweat. The Olympic Discovery Trail began as a rails-to-trails project and is located along the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula. When complete, it will traverse over 130 miles of lowlands between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Running through many different types of terrain, several towns, two counties, Olympic National Park and Native American tribal jurisdictions, the trail is shared by bicycles, through-riders, equestrians, walkers and runners.
From kayaking and hot springs to beach camping and Native American history, the Olympic Peninsula has an adventure waiting for each and every member of the family. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your summer visit to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula now!