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Olympic National Park

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Get in
==Get in==
You will want a car to explore Olympic National Park. Unlike many national parks, there are no roads through the park. In fact, the central part of the park is one of the last great roadless patches in the lower 48 states. There are two options for getting to a number of roads running from US 101 into the park: Hurricane Ridge, Elwha, Sol Doc, Hoh, and Quinault. The park also includes much of the Olympic Pacific coastalong the peninsula which is accessible from US 101 at Klalaloch, La Push, Cape Alava and Neah Bay. Both involve DrivingThe park is a big park, so think about your trip, and take driving times into account. You can either drive don't want to Olympia, make spend all your way west, then drive north time on US 101the road. Alternatively, you can  There are a number of ways of getting to Olympic National Park by car: - from Seattle or Seatac - head south to Tacoma and cross the Tacoma Narrows to the peninsula- from Seattle downtown - take a the Bainbridge Island or Bremerton ferry - from north of Seattle - take the Edmonds/ferry to Kingston and continue west- from Anacortes or Whidbey Island - take the Keystone ferry from Whidbey Island to Port AngelesTownsend and continue west- from Olympia - take US 101 north along the Hood Canal- from points south, following the coast - take US 101 north through Aberdeen and then Drive Westnear Ocean Shores- from Vancouver or Victoria, BC - take the Coho ferry from Victoria Most of the ferries are run by the Washington State Department of Transportation[http://South on Highway 101www.wsdot.wa. If Seattle is your starting destinationgov/ferries/], then each alternative is equally good, depending on what time of yearbut the Coho ferry [http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/] and the Victoria Express [http://www.victoriaexpress.com/day you welcome.html] are travelingrun privately. (The ferry  Be warned that the ferries can sometimes have 3 hour wait times during be backed up for two or three hours, particularly in the summerwhen people are heading off or returning from their vacations on the Olympic Peninsula. If you can, but avoid heading west on Friday afternoons and east on Sunday evenings. The ferries usually run roughly every 50 minutes and can offer a relaxing way to cross Puget Sound. I-5, the main method of travel North/South road from Seattle to Tacoma can also be backed up for hours crowded during rush hour (6-9 AM and 4-7 PM).You can check traffic conditions, and for other travel problems, at the state DOT web site [http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/].  There are scheduled flights to Port Angeles, so you can approach by air. The views of the Olympics are often fantastic, and you can arrange to rent a car at the airport. - from Boeing Field (BFI) near Seattle - take a scheduled Kenmore Air [http://www.kenmoreair.com/] flight to Fairchild Airport (CLM) Another approach is to fly to Victoria, BC (YYJ), then take the Coho ferry or the Victoria Express to Port Angeles and rent a car there. - from Victoria, BC - fly to Victoria, rent a car there, or take the ferry across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca and rent a car in the U.S.
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