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The lights of Blyn, WA with Sequim Bay in background

Holiday Festivities on the Olympic Peninsula

November 29, 2022

Celebrate the holidays with merriment and joy on the Olympic Peninsula. Bring your family and friends. Head out to experience the festive lights. Go ice skating. Take to the mountains for snow fun. Wander through a maze of trees brightly …

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You Can’t Get Any More Northwest!

September 19, 2022

Let’s face it, Northwesterners are a bit quirky. We’re outdoorsy, adventurous and impervious to the rain. No umbrellas for us—it’s waterproof rain jackets with hoods all the way. Oh, and waterproof boots, too. We’re often dressed like we’re about to …

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Olympic Peninsula adventure collage

Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands

September 14, 2022

This page has the latest information on major closures to recreational lands and roads on the Olympic Peninsula as well as required permit information. Regular seasonal closures as well as privately-owned campgrounds and RV parks will not be listed here …

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Hoh Rain Forest Scene

Embrace the Rain in Forks

August 29, 2022

The town of Forks is known for many things—timber, sport fishing, hunting, beaches, Olympic National Park and Forest, and Twilight. What makes us unique are not those things listed above, but rather what comes from above—our rain! We get an …

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Bicycles line the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center as people look at the mountains.

Top 8 Places to Bike in Port Angeles

August 1, 2022

From exciting annual biking events and races to some of Washington state’s best mountain biking trails, Port Angeles’ year-round biking and cycling opportunities are plentiful. Check out the round-up of the top eight places to bike around Port Angeles and …

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10 Uncrowded Beaches Around the Olympic Peninsula

May 23, 2022

From majestic sea stacks to clifftop vistas of the expansive Pacific Ocean to secluded beaches on quiet coves and bays, the Olympic Peninsula is a beach lover’s paradise. When you need a beach fix but want to be surrounded by …

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Sunrise at Fort Flagler State Park

Visiting Washington State Parks

May 2, 2022

Advice from a Park Ranger Like many people, I was introduced to camping through my family. We used parks for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. So, as I was growing up, going camping at parks was a favorite …

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Spruce Railroad Trail family

COVID-19 Updates

March 14, 2022

Your resource for the latest COVID-19 updates on the Olympic Peninsula. Read below for information on planning a trip to our region, how to recreate responsibly, and restaurant, event, transportation and outdoor recreation statuses. Last updated May 2, 2022 State …

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Two nets laying on beach full of oysters.

Oysters, the Original Love Story

March 2, 2022

The interesting thing about oysters is that they are passionately regarded by many. Few “sort of like” or “kind of dislike” oysters. Instead, words like love and hate are thrown vehemently at these unassuming mollusks. Simple, yet complex, and having …

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Boats in Port Townend.

Port Townsend’s Boatbuilding Legacy

February 1, 2022

The first thing you see when entering Port Townsend is a horizon of boats—some new, some old, some in great shape, and some needing work. You don’t have to love boats, or be a boat builder, to enjoy all the …

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