Author Karen Patry is a true insider who has lived for years on the Olympic Peninsula, traveling throughout and photographing its beauty.
"Love, love, love this book!!! I cannot say enough good things about it!
Absolutely amazing in all the details! You should name it the Ultimate Vacation Guide to the Olympic Peninsula" (Anastasia B, Sequim WA)
Unique Attractions on the Olympic Peninsula
Why visit the Olympic Peninsula? Because there is so much beauty so close at hand! The Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide covers all of it:
Several temperate rain forests dripping with moss and cloaked in gigantic Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir and Big Leaf Maple
Depending on seasons and tides, see spawning salmon and tidepools brimming with colorful life
Dramatic beaches with sea stacks, tide pools, and drift logs
Stunning vistas reminiscent of Switzerland
Boating, kayaking, river fishing and deep sea fishing, whale watching, easy hiking or hardcore hiking are just some of the recreational activities just waiting for you
Photographic opportunities abound
The new world of Victoria BC is nearby, too close to ignore!
In the midst of mossy and wild natural beauty, there are centers of culture and the arts, for example, Victoria BC or Port Townsend
Visit at least one world-class museum featuring the indigenous Makah people of Neah Bay. The Elwha Klallam tribe also has a Heritage Center in Port Angeles with displays and history, including the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams on the Elwha River.
Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide serves as both your research assistant and your travel guide throughout the Olympic Peninsula and even Victoria BC.
Reduces the research phase of trip preparation by half or more. Yes, you COULD scavenge the internet, study hundreds of reviews for scores of hotels, restaurants, activities, and attractions. Everyone does at least a little of that. But instead, I’ve already done the lion's share for you, provided multiple choices for logistics, like ferries and recreational pass information, plus hotels, restaurants, attractions, even mileage to the next fuel station (which might save you some grief if you're not paying attention to the fuel gauge).
Offers detailed descriptions of all must-see attractions and many others that you might enjoy if the timing is right. Since we left no stones unturned, you won't have to worry about missing something really cool.
Never been here? Not sure what to expect? Wondering how to navigate all the water channels? No problem. I was once new here myself, so Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide anticipates your questions and provides answers to concerns you may only think of once you get here. Descriptions, directions, emergency contact info, photos, maps, it's all provided.
Additionally, we'll help you get to really know the Peninsula, its history, flora and fauna, and the regional characteristics that result in its unique and beautiful rain forests.
Has full color gorgeous photos throughout - of course!
Comes with a No Risk Money Back 100% Guarantee! Buy Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide now. Peruse it to your heart's content for a full 45 days. If you decide it isn't for you, simply drop me a note and we will issue a full and quick refund. More info on our guarantee at the bottom of this page.
Currently available in electronic PDF form only
Paperbacks and Kindle editions are expected by early August 2017!
Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide Table of Contents
The e-book's 287 pages are divided into 7 parts. Here is what the book contains, part by part.
Part 1: Create your own Itinerary
Do you want to focus your vacation on the Olympic National Park? Would you like to drive the Highway 101 Loop? Does it feel right to you to choose a region or two on the Peninsula and truly soak in the beauty? Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide will help you make choices that are right for you, with additional tools like:
Sample 1-day and multiple-day itineraries
Chart of all destinations, including the amount of time you may need at each attraction
A list of my Top-Twenty Attractions
"I love the way you write, it's truly excellent. I like the guide book way, the friend in the car with me talking and telling me the details. Now I'm looking forward to visiting here and there on the Peninsula. It is a wonderful read, all the things I want to know" (Belinda D, Port Angeles WA)
Part 2: Tips and Info for Planning Your Itinerary
Now that Part 1 has given you an idea of where you might like to go and what you most wish to see on the Peninsula, Part 2 of Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide will help you plan out all the fun stuff you’d like to see and do while on the Olympic Peninsula, like finding a place to rent a kayak, learning the regulations on beach clamming, or discovering whether there are any local festivals during the dates of your visit.
Best times to visit the Olympic Peninsula
Cuisine, music, theater, and the arts as main attractions
List of Olympic Peninsula festivals and when they are held
Professional tour guide companies on the Olympic Peninsula
Recreational activities on DNR-managed land
Main Forest Service and National Park Campgrounds and more
Where to rent kayaks, canoes, bicycles, surf gear
Fishing, shellfishing, and professional fishing guides
Hiking and walking opportunities on the Peninsula
Part 3 covers all the general travel information for the Olympic Peninsula:
While you are most likely to need the Part 3 information during the planning phases of your vacation, it might also come in handy if you decide to change course at a later date, and then need ferry or entrance fee info, for example.
Getting here, and then getting around
SeaTac Airport Car rentals
Consider renting an RV
Washington State Ferries
Black Ball Ferry (the Coho in Port Angeles)
National Park and Recreational Pass Information
List of Information Centers throughout the Olympic Peninsula (and one in Victoria)
Suggestions for maps you can take with you, since the internet isn't available in all areas of the Peninsula.
Olympic Peninsula Map: All 22 destinations are indicated with a letter
The Olympic Mountains sit in the middle of the Peninsula, resulting in only one main road between destinations – Highway 101. Hwy 101 connects all the destinations in some fashion, like pearls on a necklace.
I have presented the destinations in the order in which you will find them if you drive onto the Peninsula from Seattle heading northwest. But nothing says you have to USE the book this way. The information is modular; before and after each module are directions to and from the next module. So jump into the guide wherever you like, and enjoy your vacation!
Discover Bay and Blyn
Sequim and Carlsborg
Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park
Victoria BC in Canada
Strait of Juan de Fuca and Hwy 112 to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery
This section is here to help you during your travels. God forbid you should need auto repairs or emergency services, but the info is here just in case. Plus, the following additional info is likely to come in very handy:
Motion Sickness Aids
Law enforcement/Emergency Services
Tides, Tide Charts, Tide Chart Apps
Automobile Repair and Service
Highway Mileage Charts (in miles and kilometers)
Rainfall Averages for 11 towns (in inches and centimeters)
"I really enjoyed Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide! I want it as a real book so I can hand out copies (preferably autographed) to house guests" (Kim H, Port Angeles WA)
Part 6: Knowing the Olympic Peninsula
The beauty is unique, the area is unique, and the flora and fauna is also often unique. Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide familiarizes you with the nature of the Olympic Peninsula in order to enhance your enjoyment of the region:
History of the Olympic Mountains
Olympic Peninsula Weather: Rainshadows and Rainforests
Pacific Northwest Rain Forest Flora
Iconic Pacific Northwest Fauna
Part 7: Index
Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide's content is extensively indexed so you can easily look up towns, attractions, features, and much more.
About the Author, Karen Patry:
Port Angeles is my home, but I didn't always live here. It was the jaw-dropping beauty throughout the Olympic Peninsula that captivated me years ago.
I first visited with 4 small children in 1992. We had three days to spend on the Olympic Peninsula, so we headed straight for the Hoh Rainforest and camped in the Hoh Campground. The children loved the hot dogs over the campfire and the trio of begging raccoons, but I was completely in awe of the elk, moss and ferns, the enormous trees, and the primordial, even magical rainforest. It was like nothing I had ever seen; who knew that such a place even existed?
Two of those three days were glorious - blue skies, puffy clouds, snow-capped Olympic Mountains on the horizon, and green, green forests with mossy creeks. The rain set in on day three as we packed up the gear, stopped for one last ranger’s talk, and then pulled out.
Years began to roll by as vivid memories strummed the heartstrings. In 2004, we moved permanently to the Olympic Peninsula. We now live just 2 hours from the Hoh Rainforest, 45 minutes from Hurricane Ridge, and an hour away from La Push and Rialto Beach. The spectacular Elwha Valley is about 30 minutes away.
The nearby beauty frequently tugs at my husband and me. The more we traveled from attraction to beautiful destination, the more enthralled we became. In 2012, I created this website, Beautiful Pacific Northwest, as a way to share the region's beauty with others.
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