Olympic Peninsula & Washington Coast attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Vancouver

Vancouver National Historic Reserve

Situated within easy walking distance of the city center is Vancouver's most important historical monument, and also one of the most important statewide. The Historic Reserve is a large complex that comprises an arc…
Top Choice Museum in Neah Bay

Makah Museum

Hosted by the Makah Indian Reservation, this museum displays artifacts from one of North America's most significant archaeological finds and is reason enough to make the long drive to Neah Bay. Exposed by tidal eros…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Neah Bay

Cape Flattery

The dramatic promontory known as Cape Flattery is the most northwesterly point in the lower 48 states. From the four observation points atop the wild, wind-buffeted cape, cliffs fall 60ft to the raging Pacific and s…
Top Choice Fort in Vancouver

Fort Vancouver Historic Site

At this reconstructed fort, park rangers and actors in period costume skillfully summon the era from 1825 to 1845, when it served as headquarters of the British Hudson's Bay Company's western fur-trade operations. C…
Top Choice State Park in Ilwaco

Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park (2 miles southwest of Ilwaco) is home to wild beaches, sea-smashed cliffs, the remains of Fort Canby and 8 miles of forested hiking trails that take in its two towering lighthouses. Le…
Top Choice Museum in Ocean Shores

Coastal Interpretive Center

This small but thorough museum draws kids and adults alike into hands-on displays about local animals and ecosystems, industries, cultures and treasures. Test your knowledge of coastal birds, pet a beaver pelt, and …
Landmark in Olympia

Washington State Capitol

Olympia's capitol complex is set in a 30-acre park overlooking Capitol Lake with the Olympic Mountains glistening in the background. The campus' crowning glory is the magnificent Legislative Building. Completed in 1…
National Park in Olympic Peninsula

Olympic National Park

Declared a national monument in 1909 and a national park in 1938, the 1406-sq-mile Olympic National Park shelters one of the world's few temperate rainforests and a 57-mile strip of Pacific coastal wilderness that w…
National Park in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park (Coastal Strip)

This section of Olympic National Park consists of a 73-mile stretch of wilderness along the coast, much of it inaccessible unless you hike your way in. Parts of this coastal strip haven't changed since pre-colonial …
Lake in Western Entrances

Lake Quinault

The enchanting Quinault River Valley is one of Olympic National Park's least crowded corners. Clustered around the deep-blue glacial waters of Lake Quinault lie forested peaks, a historic lodge and some of the oldes…