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Old 11-25-2020, 03:15 PM   #1
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Olympic National Park area

From Port Angeles at the top of the peninsula, it appears that Rt. 101 goes down the east side toward Olympia and also goes down the coast side. In any case I'm going down to the Bay Center / Willapa Bay area. Advise on best of the two routes, please.
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Take the coastal route IMHO. Near Forks is LaPush, a great tribal owned campground right on the ocean. From there 101 south goes thru three rain forests. Spectacular.
Kahaloch, along the way, is absolutely wonderful. 101 will eventually get you to Aberdeen.
From there Grays Harbor/Willipa Bay is about a hop, skip and jump away.

The inland 101 route is also a nice drive. Salt Creek is a delightful park.
That route eventually follows the length of Hood Canal, south to Shelton and eventually cut over at Kamilche to McCleary, 12 to coast. That avoids Olympia and keeps you on a quiet 2 lane hwy most of the way until 12.

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Take the coastal route IMHO. Near Forks is LaPush, a great tribal owned campground right on the ocean. From there 101 south goes thru three rain forests. Spectacular.
Kahaloch, along the way, is absolutely wonderful. 101 will eventually get you to Aberdeen.
From there Grays Harbor/Willipa Bay is about a hop, skip and jump away.

The inland 101 route is also a nice drive. Salt Creek is a delightful park.
That route eventually follows the length of Hood Canal, south to Shelton and eventually cut over at Kamilche to McCleary, 12 to coast. That avoids Olympia and keeps you on a quiet 2 lane hwy most of the way until 12.

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I found Quileute Oceanside Resort & RV Park in the LaPush area. I assume that's the one you meant.
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I found Quileute Oceanside Resort & RV Park in the LaPush area. I assume that's the one you meant.
La Push is closed to non residents until the coronavirus comes to a close.
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Yep, Quillyute Resort, if you were any closer to the ocean you'd be, well, swimming. Great beach for surfing, strolling, beachcombing and finding agates.
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La Push is closed to non residents until the coronavirus comes to a close.
Let's hope that's over by September 2021, but yes, good point as it's currently Covid closed. One of our favorite winter getaways...
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If you head down the coast side, be aware that there is a very narrow bridge (IMO, barely legal width!!) crossing the Hoh River a bit south of Forks, WA. You don't want to meet a log truck on that bridge!!! The rest of the road is great 2 lane, with a few scenic pullouts.

Salt Creek is a neat CG, with some full hookup spots right on top looking out on the Strait. Kalaloch is a great campground, no hookups, water spigots, bathhouses, but does have a dump station. Mostly small, short spots right along the bluff above a fantastic beach, and many back-ins within the loops.
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We liked staying in Port Townsend - a neat little town and a good base for driving up to Hurricane Ridge in the national park. We also did a ferry day trip from Port Angeles to Victoria and took the city bus to Bruchart Gardens. Another day trip was driving to Bainbridge Island near Poulsbo and picking up the day ferry into Seattle. It stops at the Aquarium/Pike Market area. We took the monorail whisking us over town to the Space Needle then back to the Market for some shopping before getting on the ferry for home.

That area of the Peninsula has many quaint little towns to explore. This is the dry side of the Peninsula.

Over by Forks is the wet side - rain forest.

You're not going to have enough time to do all you're planning. You need to begin your trip from home in April and plan to return in November, if that! You could also become a full-time RVer to explore more leisurely!
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