Ocean Shores, Washington
The Olympic Peninsula
The Olympic Peninsula is a diverse blend of climates and natural wonders. Jutting out of the northwest corner Washington State, it comprises some of the richest and most undeveloped forestland in the region. At its center, lies the Olympic National Park and the Olympic National Forest. The two make up 2132,324 square miles of public lands, most of which are open to camping and hiking.
Dotting the peninsula's four coastlines are the small towns and cities that serve as commercial centers for this region. Port Townsend and Port Angeles , at the north and northeast ends of the peninsula, provide ferry service to British Columbia , Canada and to Washington's mainland. A wide variety of accommodations abound in this area, including bed and breakfast inns, camping, hostels and elegantly-appointed Victorian hotels.
Smaller towns, such as Sequim , 29 miles southeast of Port Townsend, Quilcene and Brinnon , further south of Sequim, offer a few remote amenities and many recreational activities. Quilcene and Brinnon border the Hood Canal , the play land for many residents of Washington's Puget Sound .
On the peninsula's west coast lie the Native Indian communities of Neah Bay and La Push . The area is rich with cultural history. The Olympic Peninsula's ten Native tribes are estimated to have lived in the region for more than 3,000 years. Cultural festivals, Native artwork and historical museums are a few of the interests and attractions of this area.
At the southwest end of the peninsula are the cities of Hoquiam and Aberdeen . Often referred to as “the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula,” Aberdeen is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 5. The city links the state's mainland with Highway 101, which provides a driving tour of much of the region's spectacular scenery.