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The two and a half hour drive from Downtown Seattle to Olympic National Park was probably the most scenic drives we’ve ever taken. The drive starts out with a car ferry ride across Puget Sound to Bainbridge island. Once on Bainbridge, you’ll cross over a number of bridges to get to the Olympic peninsula where you’ll pass through tunnels, cruise along the coast and finally criss-cross your way up the windy road to the visitor center.
- Trip Planning And Delta Flight
- Mountain Day up to Olympic National Park
- Pike Place Market And Space Needle
- San Juan Islands Day Trip
- Winery Day
Drive To National Park From Seattle
The Seattle car ferry service has a number of routes. We took the ferry from Downtown Seattle across the water to Bainbridge island.
If you are concerned about traffic, you can view the ferry terminals online here.
The drive included a few bridges to get across to the Olympic peninsula.
There were a few tunnels along the way as well which made for a nice drive. The drive is made for a car commercial.
Olympic National Park
After a stop for lunch in Port Angeles, we finally made it to the Olympic National Park visitors center. We parked and were immediately greeted by a friendly deer.
This deer was so friendly it came within a few feet.
After our dalliance with the deer we headed off on our hike. There are a number of hiking paths to take, we chose the one to Hurricane Ridge.
The path led us to Sunrise Point which was about a half mile loop.
We had the ridge all to ourselves on this clear day. Is it always this sunny in Seattle? We snapped a few pictures of us with a tri-pod and took in the views.
Our day trip to the Olympic National Park was a great way to spend the day. Even though it was a sunny August day, it was quite cold at the top. Don’t forget to bring a sweater and a camera if you visit Olympic National Park.