Outdoor Adventures Continue into Winter in NW Washington
Opportunities abound on the Olympic Peninsula
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east, the Olympic Peninsula – Washington’s premier destination for eco-conscious travelers and outdoor enthusiasts provides this reminder that winter is a great time for outdoor sports!
Sea kayakers will find multiple locations to enjoy their water sports – including Dungeness Spit, Hood Canal and Freshwater Bay. Great views of the ocean, surrounding mountains, bird-watching along with a great work-out are all benefits of paddling. Beachcombers find many treasures on the beaches after a storm. Scenic drives, visits to Olympic National Park, and campers can always find a place to park or pitch their tents during the “off-season”.
Olympic National Park is open year-around and offers skiing, snowboarding and a children’s play area at Hurricane Ridge. The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club provides ski and riding lessons for everyone. The lift-served mountain is open Friday through Sunday weekly and offers the only area open for skiing the Olympic Mountain Range.
Here’s one more way to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula - the Highway 101 Scenic Byway Loop GeoTour! Thirty geocaches have been placed around the Olympic Peninsula from Brinnon to Neah Bay, La Push and Quinault, with caches stashed strategically along the way in local communities. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Around the holidays find local festivals, concerts and celebrations including the Twinkle Light Holiday Parade and the Annual Festival of Trees in Forks; The Port Townsend Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival; the Christmas Fair in Port Angeles. A unique event is the Christmas Bird Count at the Sequim-Dungeness River Audubon Center. This gives interacting with nature a new twist.
To learn more about the Olympic Peninsula or to plan your next trip, please visit www.olympicpeninsula.org.
About the Olympic Peninsula
The Olympic Peninsula in Washington is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east. It is famed for being home to Olympic National Park, over 600 miles of hiking trails and 73 miles of pristine, Pacific Coast ocean wilderness beaches. The Olympic Peninsula boasts a wide array of activities for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike, attracting visitors from near and far.
Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau
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