We’ve put together our recommendations for what to see, where to go, and how to get there in new, easy to print Olympic National Park Day Trip Maps, which you can download from this page.
Olympic National Park: Olympic National Park Day Trip Map North
Hurricane Ridge and Lake Crescent are two of the top visited areas of Olympic National Park–and with good reason: stunning vistas of Alpine Mountains await you at Hurricane Ridge, while the crystal blue glacial waters of Lake Crescent mirror the dramatic waterfalls and hiking trails around the lake. This is a full day, but it allows you to capture the “must see” areas in an easy-to-follow map format that will reward you with alpine mountains and glaciers, ancient rainforest trees, jumping salmon (late Sept. – early Nov.), a stunning waterfall, and sunset over a glacial lake.
Olympic National Park: Olympic National Park Day Trip Map West
Olympic National Park is the only national park that you cannot drive through, so careful planning is necessary to capture the highlights of this 900,000 acre UNESCO World Heritage Site. No trip to the park is complete without braving the longer drives to see Cape Flattery (which technically is not inside the national park) and Rialto Beach. Expect longer drives and sometimes unpredictable weather ending in simply stunning scenic postcard views at every turn. Shorten this day trip by excluding Klaloch Lodge or skip the Makah Museum (although we don’t recommend missing it!)
Olympic National Park: Exploring Olympic National Park Map
If you’re looking for longer hikes or want to see those areas only locals know about then check out some of the Individual Adventures on this map. From the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (celebrating over 100 years of protecting wildlife) with the longest natural sandspit in North America to the Ozette Triangle (with stunning views of Lake Ozette and hidden hieroglyphs on the windswept Pacific Beaches, you’ll discover some of the hidden treasures of the Olympic Peninsula that few explorers venture to see.
If you’re visiting Obstruction Point, be sure to do your research in advance as this includes a challenging drive on a single lane gravel road with steep dropoffs on both sides, and no shoulders or turn-arounds. But the vistas on the hike are simply among some of the most stunning in all of Olympic National Park. After completing one of these hikes, you’ll know why Theodore Roosevelt was so moved to protect this land.
Also included on this map are some beautiful back roads and hidden sights you can combine to create your own day trip, including Ediz Hook (with stunning views of Port Angeles backed by the Olympic Mountains), Freshwater Bay (with some of the best sea kayaking on the Peninsula), Spruce Railroad Trail (with hidden vistas of Lake Crescent), and the only natural hot spring on the Olympic Peninsula (be prepared for a short easy hike, and possible skinny-dip sightings at these springs voted “Best Place To Skinny Dip In The Northwest”). And don’t miss the Olympic Game Farm, originally the “retirement home” for Disney’s animal actors, now a drive-thru face-to-face adventure with Llama, Yak, Elk, Bison, Zebra and many more surprises.
Visiting Victoria, British Columbia Victoria BC Map Of Recommended Places To See
To fully round out any trip to the Northwest include a stopover in beautiful British Columbia. The MV Coho Ferry makes several 90- minute crossings every day from Port Angeles to Downtown Victoria. With the city’s easy walkability and clean, reliable public transit, the itinerary we’ve put together doesn’t even require a car. Take our boxed breakfast to go on the 8:15am ferry. Buy tickets for Butchart Gardens or the “Vintage” Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus at a discount right on the ferry. The bus to the gardens meets you right outside the ferry terminal in Victoria. Take in Butchart’s stunning grounds and treat yourself to High Tea in their Dining Room – or – enjoy the guided City Bus Tour from the grand Empress Hotel and stop off wherever you choose. Try the amazing fish tacos at Red Fish Blue Fish before continuing on to see the stately Legislature Building and the latest exhibits at the Royal BC Museum. There’s even time for a sumptuous dinner before boarding the 7:30pm ferry back to Port Angeles. You can also enjoy unique whale watching with Springtide Whale Watching, use discount code DOMAINEB&B to receive $10 OFF! Passports or enhanced driver’s licenses are required when visiting Canada.
It was the most romantic place we’ve stayed on our tour of the Pacific Northwest.
David & Lee