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.
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Program No. 21472RJ
7 days
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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.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 1.5 miles over varied terrain with options for longer hikes. Elevations up to 5,250 feet.

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.
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Betsy Bruce
Born and educated in Iowa, Betsy moved to Seattle after receiving her degree in zoology and chemistry from the University of Iowa. In 1987, at the beginning of the technology boom, she began her career in high tech with several large software companies. She received her master’s degree in educational technology and authored several books on web design and using the web to deliver training. She loves hiking around Seattle with her Siberian husky as well as musical theater, singing, whiskey tasting and genetic genealogy.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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