tourist tuesdays: the olympic peninsula (aka twilight land) with rachel!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

hi guys! so excited to have rachel here for another segment of tourist tuesdays!  i've been reading rachel's blog for awhile now and man, she's such a sweetheart!  i can't wait for you all to read about her journey into vampire land!  i can't wait to get my little big 'ol booty up the coast to explore some of this awesome scenery! 

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Hey everyone!  I'm Rachel and I blog over at Cant Google Everything!  I love traveling and there are several cool places I would love to share with you guys!  This week I am showing one of my favorite short trips I have been on and one of the most beautiful places ever to go visit!

Road Trip to the Olympic Peninsula!


A few years ago my sister and I did this trip and it is one of my best memories!  We started off in Portland, OR and drove our way up!  A lot of the trip was focused on visiting hot spots for Twilight fans, but there are a lot of other really cool things to do in the area, especially if you love the great outdoors!  The Olympic Peninsula is home to the Olympic National Forest and Hoh Rain Forest which makes for some gorgeous scenery and a great drive!

How to get there:
Drive over on the 101 across the south side of the peninsula.  Soon the road will turn north and you will be heading toward Forks, Washington.

What to do:

Your first stop in Forks should be the visitors center!  Just be sure to keep your eye out for it because if you blink you will miss it!  This is a great place to stretch your legs, take a restroom break and get some information about the area.  Pick up maps of the hiking trails, dining info and information about other activities to do!   You can also see the map of places people have visited Forks from and add your pin to where you are from!  (There are also Twilight cut outs for photo opps, Edward themed bathroom decor and maps to the "Cullen" and "Swan" residents- if your into that sort of thing)

Next drive around the small town of Forks and take in the sites.  Follow your Twilight map or just make it up as you go!  It really isn't that big, so you probably won't get lost!  Visit one of the local diners for lunch and then walk around the small shops and pick up some souvenirs.


Just past town there is a turn off that takes you to the Indian reservation on the coast and La Push beach.  Turn left and drive over to the coast- it's a 15-20 minute drive and totally worth it!  You can also see the "Treaty Line" marker.


But seriously, the coast is beautiful here and there are some really great hiking trails around this area and down to the cost through the rain forest.

Next, head up to Sol Duc hot springs for some pampering!  The natural hot springs are brought into mineral pools for guest to enjoy, and don't worry you get used to that smell!  It's $12.95 for adults or free if you stay there!  Be sure to gas up before you complete this part of the drive, it's longer than you expect and you don't want to run out of gas once you get there and have to buy some from the lodge...not that this happened or anything...

Where to stay:
In Forks there were several motel type of places you could stay in but we stayed somewhere else so I can't really recommend any of them.

What I recommend is staying at the cabins at the Sol Duc hot springs!  The cabins were pretty nice and you get to go in the springs for free.  They also have a spa and several restaurants.  There are no TVs in the rooms though, so bring your laptop and some movies if you need something to do at night! (and you will, because it's very remote and there is nothing else to do!)

What else?
To round off your road trip, continue around 101 and make a stop in Port Angeles.  You could walk around, have lunch or just breeze on through.  You can also take the ferry to Victoria from here if you want to go to Canada!  Past there keep driving down 101 to get back to any sort of big city!  It is very scenic along the way and you pass through some cute little villages as well!


If we had stayed longer we would have been able to do some amazing hiking!  If you're into this sort of thing you should definitely get a map and information on it the visitors center.  The weather here can vary and changes drastically, even in the summer, so just be sure you know what you're doing if you head up into the mountains!

More info:

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Thanks for reading!

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thanks for sharing, rachel! 
don't forget to link up your tourist tuesdays posts in the comments.
can't wait to read all about your fun travel spots this week.

xoxo





ps.  there are still plenty of sponsor spots available for july :)

3 comments:

Robyn said...

how funny-even if you are not a Twilight fan it is pretty cool!

Danielle said...

I was just in Washington and I wanted to go to Forks but it was too far from where I was. Next trip I want to go and I def want to try that hot spring!!

Treasure Tromp said...

I love everything about this post!
Nicole

 
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