Go on a banana slug safari in the Hoh Rainforest, paddle a boat on Lake Crescent, soak in Sol Duc Hot Springs or explore low tide at Dungeness Spit. The Olympic Peninsula is a wonderland of natural beauty and full of adventures any time of year. Read on for 10 ways the Olympic Peninsula rocks (vampires not included).

Hurricane Ridge

Jot Hurricane Ridge down as a must-do on your family's Olympic Peninsula bucket list. With 360 degree ridgetop views of the Olympic Mountain range, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands and Canada beyond - it's a breathtaking experience for everyone. Hurricane Ridge is also an easily accessible way to experience the wonder of Olympic National Park (there are ADA and stroller accessible trails that aren't too much of a challenge for mini hikers). Look out for the friendly blacktail deer, marmots and chipmunks. 

Get There: Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles. Simply turn left on Mount Angeles Rd. and drive up the hill. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is just before the end of the road.

Good to Know: Hurricane Ridge is open year-round, weather permitting. In the winter, you can go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding.

Parking: A National Park entrance fee is required; $20 (valid for seven days).

Olympic National Park Visitor Center
3002 Mount Angeles Rd.
Port Angeles, Wa 98362
360-565-3130
Online: nps.gov/olym/visiting-hurricane-ridge.htm

photo: Banzai0 via TripAdvisor

What Olympic Peninsula adventures would you add to our list? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Helen Walker Green