Day 1: Seattle to Hurricane Ridge
Downtown Seattle to Sequim
Drive time: 2 hours 30 minutes
- Drive aboard the Bainbridge Island ferry for your 30-minute cruise across Elliott Bay. Take in the Seattle waterfront and skyline from the stern.
- Once on dry land, travel north on the Kitsap Peninsula via Washington State Route 3. Turn left on State Route 104 and cross the floating Hood Canal Bridge. State Route 104 joins U.S. Highway 101 and will lead you west across the Olympic National Forest.
- Pass through the small town of Blyn, home of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and a collection of stunning hand-carved totem poles. Go just 10 minutes further and you’ll reach the town of Sequim, home to quaint boutiques, art galleries and restaurants serving locally sourced fare. It’s the perfect spot for a lunch break. Sequim is an abundant agricultural center noted for its lavender, which is celebrated at the annual Sequim Lavender Festival the third week of July.
- Get a big dose of nature with a visit to the Dungeness Spit, a 5.5-mile natural sand spit and wildlife refuge just north of Sequim.
Sequim to Olympic National Park Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge
Drive time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- The snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains beckon. Plan to spend the afternoon visiting Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
- Continue west on U.S. Highway 101. When you reach Port Angeles, make your first stop the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. Pick up a park pass (required for entry to Hurricane Ridge), maps, back country wilderness permits and loads of helpful information.
- From the visitor center, follow Hurricane Ridge Road 18 miles to reach your destination. At 5,242 feet, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.
- Make the 45-minute return drive to Port Angeles for your overnight stay.
Pro Travel Tip: Hurricane Ridge gets snowfall autumn through spring, and the road isn’t always open. Vehicles are required to carry chains in the winter. Always check ahead. For travel conditions call 360-565-3131.