Top things to do in Olympic Peninsula & Washington Coast

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 French in Port Townsend

Finistere

When Sweet Laurette (formerly in this location) closed, local foodies despaired, but Finistere is a worthy replacement. With a staff whose experience includes Per Se, Canlis, Tilth and other swoon-inducing restauran…
Top Choice American in Port Angeles

Next Door Gastropub

Arguably the best place to eat on the peninsula and definitely serving the best burger (go for the Mrs Newton with bacon, fig jam and Brie), this small, lively pub is like a little slice of Portland someone dropped …
Top Choice American in Olympic Coastal Strip

Creekside Restaurant

With a view over the wild Pacific Ocean and the friendliest service imaginable, this place is worth the out-of-the-way drive. Order perfectly crafted pancakes, omelets and healthy smoothies at breakfast or burgers a…
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 Health Food in Olympia

Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art

This comfortable hippie enclave at the edge of Heritage Park offers fresh salads and tasty, healthy sandwiches (smoked salmon with lemon-tahini dressing is a winner), coffee drinks, herbal teas, local ice cream, bee…
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 …