Naturally Magnificent: Washington State's Olympic Peninsula

Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula is a natural beauty. Come see for yourself as you walk in a rainforest, explore the beach at La Push and learn about native Makah culture.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21472RJ
7 days
Starts at

At a Glance

The splendor of nature beckons you to Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, a vast and pristine area of rainforests, mountains and rivers. Experience the crash of Pacific surf on the sea stacks at La Push, stroll a fragrant trail to lovely Marymere Falls and marvel at the greenest place you’ll ever see: the Hoh Rainforest. Learn from a Makah tribal member about the life and traditions of Neah Bay, the westernmost point in the continental U.S. Study the ecology of this unspoiled environment with National Park rangers and naturalists. Take home memories of old-growth forests, deep blue mountain lakes, wood smoke from a driftwood campfire and the perfume of sunbaked cedar boughs along the trail.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Ascend an 18-mile highway to Hurricane Ridge for close-up views of snow-covered Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park.
  • Enjoy a delightful lunch at historic Lake Crescent Lodge.
  • Meet a member of an indigenous tribe to learn about local life and issues.

General Notes

Outdoor program in variable weather conditions. Accessing some locations requires driving up to two hours each way on a comfortable, restroom-equipped coach.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson
Olympic National Park: A Natural History
by Tim McNulty
The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown
A Whale Hunt: How a Native-American Village Did What No One Thought It Could
by Robert Sullivan
Field Guide to the Cascades and Olympics
by Rob Sandelin and Stephen R. Whitney
New Land, North of the Columbia
by Lorraine McConaghy
The Good Rain
by Timothy Egan
The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs
by Joshua L. Reid

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