Explore Washington’s Olympic Peninsula from the Elwha Dam RV Park in Port Angeles WA

Thank you to our friends the Elwha Dam RV Park for providing us with this post.

Welcome to Washington State’s OLYMPIC PENINSULA! Where else can you snowshoe in the morning and kayak in the afternoon? Or, wander the temperate rain forest moss-laden trees of the Hoh River before lunch and marvel at a ruby-red Pacific Coast beach at sunset? From Elwha Dam RV all this is possible!Create life-long memories in and around Olympic National Park. With miles of puzzle-like shorelines, alpine meadows crowned with glaciers, and dense rainforest valleys, you’ll find a vacation playground with almost a million acres of Olympic National Park, along with Olympic National Forest and dozens of state, county and city parks.

Follow Olympic Peninsula’s Waterfall Trail of 24 identified waterfalls. From a paved, wheelchair accessible pathway, to forested trails, or waterfalls only found by boat or backpack, there is a trail for everyone of every fitness level. Several of the listed waterfalls are easy accessible from Elwha Dam RV Park.

Our proximity to the dams gives us the right to be called “The best RV Park by a Dam Site”. You can walk to the Dam view from Elwha Dam RV Park. In September of 2011 removal of both of the Elwha River Dams will begin. This will be the largest dam removal project ever undertaken to enhance a salmon run. The removals are expected to take 3 years. Restoration of the Elwha Valley, which runs north/south nearly the full length of the Olympic Mountain range, will then begin. All non native plant species will be removed, river channels will be restored to their original routes and wetlands will replace the current reservoirs. A project to propagate native vegetation has been underway for several years and these plants will be used to restore the valley to its natural state. Once the dams are removed the salmon and other species of fish will be able to travel nearly 70 miles into the heart of the Olympics.

Forks, where Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling Twilight saga books are set, plays an Oscar-worthy role for fans making the pilgrimage to walk in their favorite characters’ footsteps. Follow their footsteps to First Beach on a self-guided tour of fictional locations. Stop at Forks Chamber of Commerce to pick up a map and take a photo with the replica of Bella’s red truck.

One activity that all tourists take part in when traveling, THEY EAT! The Olympic Peninsula is THE growing culinary tourism destination. Restaurants specializing in fresh Olympic Coast Cuisine, award-winning wineries, lively seasonal Farmer’s Markets, and numerous annual culinary festivals showcase nature’s bounty, reflecting the diverse microclimates, coastal proximity and Native American heritage that characterize the Olympic Peninsula. Farmer’s Market in Port Angeles on Wed. afternoon and Saturday showcases many of the wonderful choices from the area.

Whether you’ve walked to a thundering waterfall or soaked in a natural hot spring, or explored the miniature world of amazing critters in a tide pool, or entered the imaginary Twilight world of werewolves and vampires, mythical story lines or real experiences, you will leave with a full imagination.

Here are a few points of interest in our area:

  • Hurricane Ridge, 30-40 minute drive from Port Angeles
  • Hoh Rain Forest
  • Rialto Beach, near LaPush
  • Ruby Beach
  • National Park Lodges
    • Lake Crescent Lodge
    • Sol Duc Hot springs Resort
    • Kalaloch Lodge
    • Lake Quinault Lodge
    • Log Cabin Resort, Lake Crescent
  • Quilcene Historical Museum
  • Fort Flagler State Park
  • Port Townsend, Historical Victorian Seaport
  • Fort Worden State Park, Commanding Officer’s Quarters Museum, Port Townsend
  • Dungeness River Audubon Center, Sequim
  • Olympic Game Farm, Sequim
  • Port Angeles Fine Arts Center & Webster’s Woods Art Park
  • Olympic Cost Discovery Center and Arthur D. Feiro Marine Life Center, Port Angeles
  • Makah Indian Reservation and Cultural Center, Neah Bay
  • Highway 112
  • Olympic Discovery Trail
  • Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail
  • Olympic Peninsula Culinary Loop

If your travels take you to this part of Washington please check oug the Elwha Dam RV Park.

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