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Joyce & Strait of Juan de Fuca Nat'l Scenic Byway

Stunning. Meandering. Traverse a wildlife-rich stretch of coastline that will take you to the tip of the U.S.

splash in the Salt Creek tidepools on the Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway

Splash in the Salt Creek tidepools.

Once walking paths and wagon trails, these 61 miles of meandering north Olympic Peninsula coast highway offer vistas beyond belief along with water recreation, world-class fishing and connections to some of the most scenic hiking, kayaking and coastline imaginable.

Take a day or three to travel the year-round route along rugged cliffs and thick forests. Numerous pull-offs offer so much more than a chance to stretch your legs. Watch for whales and bald eagles, stop in a bygone general store, discover quaint fishing villages and take in the jaw-dropping water views. Allow some extra time to hike to a remote beach that will dazzle and inspire. Or plan to attend an annual community sale that literally stretches the length of the highway.

Awaiting you at the end of the road? A tribal museum rich in native culture, the expansive Pacific Ocean, vibrant beaches and the northernmost tip of the continental United States.

Map of Olympic Peninsula Destination Area


  • Joyce General Store and Depot Museum

  • Salt Creek Recreation Area

  • Whale watching

  • Freshwater Bay



  • Joyce Daze Wild Blackberry Festival: August

  • Great Strait Sale: September

Stories FROM Joyce & Strait of Juan de Fuca Nat’l Scenic Byway

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Mouth of the Elwha River—Discover and explore a river transformed

September 5, 2018

Experience the transformation of an historic waterway near the small town of Joyce. The story of the Elwha River is as wide and wandering as its path from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de …

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