Where is the Olympic Peninsula? We’re Glad You Asked!

Whale watching on the Olympic PeninsulaYou might have heard of the Olympic Peninsula but aren’t quite sure what the region offers in regards to climate, scenery, outdoor activities, lodging and more! You have come to the right place. The following information is an introduction to the Pacific Northwest and its many opportunities for adventure and relaxation. Let’s start with the basics: Where is the Olympic Peninsula?

Where is the Olympic Peninsula?

The Olympic Peninsula is located in Washington State, with the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Hood Canal and Seattle on the east and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north. The Olympic Peninsula is a beautiful paradise offering experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Plan a hike through the only rainforest in the United States, tour the country’s oldest forests or kayak the canals and rivers for otter and seal sightings. This region is wonderful to visit in the spring, summer, and fall when temperatures very pleasant, however, an Olympic Peninsula winter is quite enjoyable as well.

How to Get to the Olympic Peninsula

Washington State Ferries:  When traveling from Seattle, take the Bainbridge Island ferry or the Edmonds to Kingston ferry.  Check the detailed ferry schedule or call 888-808-7977.

Driving from Tacoma:  Take the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the north on Route 16 through Gig Harbor and Port Orchard. Continue onto Hwy. 3 just south of Bremerton, onto Hwy. 104 to cross the Hood Canal Bridge (the longest floating bridge over salt water) and then to Hwy. 101.

Charter air service is available through Rite Bros Aviation, with Seaport Airline scheduled to begin regular daily service in the summer of 2016. The local airports are Fairchild International in Port Angeles and the Sequim Valley Airport.

What is There to Do on the Olympic Peninsula?

Olympic National Park includes approximately 1 million acres of preserved natural beauty. From forests thick with ancient trees to snow-capped mountains that overlook scenic waterways, the Olympic National Park offers many ways to discover the park’s history, culture, and scenic beauty.


There are over 900 miles of trails within the Olympic Peninsula. Whether you are an experienced hiker and looking for a challenging and remote hike, or you are planning a two-hour nature hike with the family, there are so many trails that vary by difficulty and scenic surroundings. Some of the more popular hikes include the following: Lena Lakes Very popular with easy trails, lake views and campsites. Shi Shi Beach Easy hike to an undeveloped area of the coast where wildlife sightings are amazing. Hurricane Hill An easy hike with views of Bailey Range and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Mount Ellinor A more difficult hike with views of Hood Canal, Lake Cushman. Bogachiel River A 43.2-mile hike through a rain forest, along the Bogachiel River and through a gorge that has been called the most scenic spot on the hike. For more hiking trail information, check out this complete list of trails.

Whale Watching Tours

Puget Sound Express offers a variety of whale watching tours from March through October. A naturalist leads the tour to the San Juan Islands where visitors can witness orcas, humpbacks and other sea animals in their natural habitat. The George Washington Inn, the perfect home-away-from-home during your visit to the Olympic Peninsula, offers three fabulous whale watching packages for the convenience of our guests. Visit our website for additional information.

Fishing Charters

The Olympic Peninsula’s waters are a fisherman’s dream. Schedule your fishing trip with a fishing guide or charter to ensure a successful, safe and stress-free fishing trip.

Enjoy Luxurious Accommodations at George Washington Inn

Now that we have answered the question “Where is the Olympic Peninsula?” and you are ready to plan your adventure, let us assist in getting you settled into your accommodations. We know that after spending your days exploring the Olympic Peninsula, you will be ready to return to George Washington Inn for comfortable and peaceful evenings in a romantic suite with spectacular views. Make your online reservation today or contact us with any questions.

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