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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2016
Best Driving Itinerary for Washington Coast  (4 Answers)

I am planning a trip to Seattle in June and would also like to plan a trip to the Washington Coast to see the Hoh Rainforest. Does anyone recommend anything else of interest along the way or places to stay? I was also wondering how many days I should spend at each place. It will be just myself and my girlfriend. Thanks in advance!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2015
Suggestions Please  (10 Answers)

Hi, We have 3 nights in the Lake Crescent area & 3 nights in the Quinault area.
Would love Your favorite hikes and "must see" places.

Thanks so much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2015
Mix of car camping & backcountry - suggested spots?  (2 Answers)

Hi there! My husband and I will be spending about a week in Olympic National Park at the end of July/beginning of August. We are experienced car campers but would like to try to do at least a night or two in the backcountry this trip, so we're reading up and stocking up on backpacking essentials.

Our tentative plan is to drive first to the coast and spend a few nights beach camping (Mora/Rialto area, most likely), then drive inland for the remainder of our trip. We are thinking about parking at Graves Creek and spending a night there, then hiking in and spending at least a night or two backcountry two and from Enchanted Valley, or perhaps a bit beyond. To anyone who knows, does that sound like a good plan? Anything we might not know that we should? (We know about the ban on backcountry fires, and about bear canisters, etc.)

From there, we have two or three days before or after to play with. Any other campground recommendations we should definitely visit, if we'd like to see some of the park's great stuff but also avoid driving too much or trying to squeeze too much in? Should we keep the Quinalt area / Graves Creek as our home base, or should we venture around to other spots?

Also, I know that the frontcountry campsites are first-come first-serve. Any advice on how early you really have to get there, or what to do if a site is full?

Thanks for your help!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2015
6 nights in ONP  (3 Answers)

Staying 6 nights, was thinking "2" in each of Lake Crescent Lodge, Quinault Lodge and 2 in SOl duc resort.
Coming from Seattle airport 9-23 Is this too much time at the resorts? Plan on doing alot of hiking.
Thank You.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2014
mosquitoes  (5 Answers)

Are mosquitoes a problem during the summer?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2014
road true olympic  (2 Answers)

hello. we are dutch people. and will be in WA in august. we want to visit olympic 2 days by car. starting in port angeles. were is the best place to do the overnight. and which road to follow true the parc by car. and make some nice short walks (2 kids) with nice views.
than you for your respons.
greetings, Ageeth Bankras email: [email]


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2014
I need a great 5 night itinerary for an RV trip with kids  (1 Answer)

Hi! We are taking my son's dream trip by flying to Seattle and renting an RV for 6 nights. We are headed to Mt. Ranier the first night then up to ONP. I have been trying to find the best RV parks preferably with reservations in the best areas. We will not have a car. The kids are twin 9 year olds (boy and a girl). Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2014
Visiting the Park in winter  (3 Answers)

We are thinking about visiting in December. What should we consider when traveling to Olympic National Park in the winter?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2013
Gas/Groceries  (3 Answers)

Are there gas stations and any groceries along the route from the Log Cabin Resort - to Sol Du - Lake Quinalt?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2011
Why Hoh river has grey color?  (4 Answers)

While camping at the Hoh rain forest we noticed the water of the river was not clear. It has a grey or whitish tinge to it. Does anyone know why this is the case? This was back in August.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2011
Preparations for camping in the rain?  (9 Answers)

The weather report says there is a chance of showers the week we plan to camp at Hoh rain forest. Do you guys have any suggestions as to any special preparations we should take? We have only camped 'dry' before.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2011
No showers in Hoh campgrounds!  (5 Answers)

I've just found out that none of the campgrounds in Olympic National Park have showers. That includes the Hoh campground which we hope to visit in August. I was wondering:
Would a splashing at the river keep us from stinking too badly?
Would it be worth to try those camping showers?
Would it be permitted to use one in Hoh campground?

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2011
Need help with plans  (10 Answers)

Will be visiting Olypmic NP for approx 5-6 days, after flying into Seattle. Would like some help in getting an idea of where to plan to spend our time. Would like to get a survey of the park durign our visit. Will only be doing day hikes, no backpacking. Will have a car. Where should we look to stay as our night bases? Thanks for the help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2011
second beach access  (1 Answer)

Can any one give me details on how to park/access second beach?
thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2011
Alpine views..best sites to view Mt goats  (7 Answers)

Hi
We will be in the park in June and are interested in alpine photo ops. Of course Hurricane Ridge is a stop but that seems to be the only place mentioned on the internet. I was hoping for some other options in or maybe outside the park but within a hours drive.
Also, I have seen video of tourists encountering mountain goats while on Hurricane Ridge..does anyone know other places they might be found in June?
Thanks in advance
Doug


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2009
Where to stay on the Peninsula  (4 Answers)

We're thinking of doing the Peninsula in the fall of this year and I'm stumped for hotels. As is so often the case, the NP lodgings get minimal and/or lousy reviews and rates are really high. Can anyone suggest good alternatives? We want to do Hurricane Ridge, Hoh Rain Forest, Crescent Lake, the beaches and maybe a trip up to Neah Bay - at the very LEAST. Can spend 5 days or so. Will also spend 3 days or so in Seattle. We're into quality vs quantity - meaning we'd rather spend a day doing one location well than cramming in a lot. We don't plan on going into Canada - will save that for another trip. I guess I'm looking for clean, decent places to stay without breaking the bank, the most scenic places to see, and some terrific hiking. Could splurge one night or so. Any advice from some locals? What shouldn't we miss? Oh, and the NP trail to 2nd Beach is listed as closed - any other way to access that? Thanks a bunch for your help here!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2008
How can I get to Olympic national park if i don't have a car?  (1 Answer)

I'm a college student trying to get in some backpacking over a school break, but I don't have a car.

How can I get to Olympic without one?
I feel like it should be doable in the Pacific Northwest.


Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2008
Hiking he Olympic coast  (3 Answers)

Friends! Leaving for Seattle in a week, will have 3 days to explore the Olympic NP, i know its not enough so i'm curious to know if there is a way to leave a car somewhere, suppose, around Rialto beach, get a taxi or bus or whatever to get back up north to Ozette lake area, hike thru Ozette to the coast and down to Rialto beach, with overnight camping, is it doable??? Perhaps, someone could advise a similar itinerary, my point is to make a 10-15 mile loop instead of doing the daily round trip 3 mile hikes. Also, which is more interesting? going south of Rialto beach or north????? Thanks a lot in advance!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2007
Camping and Day hikes?

I will be on the penninsula this friday for three days. My questions are are how the bugs this early in the year? How is the "tailgate" camping close to the Hoh River area? Should I stay outside of the park and drive in in the morning or set up camp in the park? And also how is the camping at La Push, on the beach, this early in the year? Does any body have an idea on the predicted weather for this weekend? Any help at all would be greatly apprecieated, and if anybody is interested in good day hikes friday, saturday, or sunday, let me know, local experience usually helps any experience. Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2007
Camping and Day Hikes

i will be on the penninsula this friday for three days. My questions are are how the bugs this early in the year? How is the "tailgate" camping close to the Hoh River area? Should I stay outside of the park and drive in in the morning or set up camp in the park? And also how is the camping at La Push, on the beach, this early in the year? Does any body have an idea on the predicted weather for this weekend? Any help at all would be greatly apprecieated, and if anybody is interested in good day hikes friday, saturday, or sunday, let me know, local experience usually helps any experience. Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2007
Sleeping on the beach?  (2 Answers)

Just looking for some feedback, been awhile since Ive been to the coast in a while. Can you camp it on the beach and not have to stay at a campground?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2005
2 days in Olympic National Park help  (2 Answers)

After renting a car, we are planning on driving from Seattle to Pt Angeles in August via Bainbridge. We currently have reservations for 1 night at Crescent Lake Lodge and plan to drive to that end of the park first. The second night we have reservations in Port Angeles and plan to visit Hurricane Ridge. We are going to Victoria, via Victoria Express Ferry the next day, and will spend one night there and come back the next day, then drive back to Seattle. What can we see in this amount of time around Crescent Lake, and then back to Hurricane Ridge area? Also, how long is the drive from Seattle to Port Angeles? Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 30, 2004
Itinerary for Olympic National Park?  (11 Answers)

We are contemplating a trip to Olympic National Park during the summer. Is it possible to stay in one or at the most two places over the span of 5 days or so and see the areas that we would want to see (the rain forest, beaches, mountains etc.) or is it more advisable to stay only one night in each place and try to complete the entire loop of the park without doubling back and forth and fighting traffic? Also, are the flies/mosquitos a big problem in summer? Thanks Rob from Ann Arbor, MI


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2004
flies!  (1 Answer)

We plan to be visiting this Summer. We avoid Scotland in the Summer because of the infernal midges and flies and we suddenly wondered if they were a big summer problem in the national park?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2004
Camping in Olympic National Forest  (1 Answer)

Any good campgounds suggestions in the Olympic National Forest? What about lodging such as cabins or B&B's? How about good bodies of water for canoeing and kayaking? Canoe/Kayak rental shops? Any more info about hiking or must-see places? Thanks!





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