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Olympic Peninsula/USA

Introducing Olympic Peninsula

Cut off by water on three sides from the rest of the state, the remote Olympic Peninsula exhibits all the insular characteristics of a separate island. Dominated by the Olympic National Park, the region's main population centers are in the northeast and include Port Angeles, Port Townsend and the drier, balmier settlement of Sequim, now a budding retirement community. Protected climatically by the Olympic Mountains, outdoor activities abound here.

Exempt from strict wilderness regulations, the area outside of the Olympic National Park is largely given over to the lumber industry. Further west, clinging to the wild Pacific Coast, you'll find a couple of large Native American reservations.