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).

Cape Flattery

The rocky, windswept coastline of Cape Flattery is the northwesternmost point of the mainland U.S. - where the Strait of Juan de Fuca joins the Pacific Ocean. You have to hike the .75 mile Cape Flattery Trail to get to the very northwesternmost tip of the country - it's a grand adventure! Most of the trail has boardwalk planks but there are some muddy, rugged stretches and stairs (it is not stroller or wheelchair accessible).

Landmarks to Look out For: The Cape Flattery Lighthouse on Tatoosh Island, Makah Bay, the town of Neah Bay and Canada in the distance.

Watch For: Orcas, sea lions and sea otters. Little birdwatchers can also look for puffins and guillemots bobbing on the ocean and oystercatchers paddling in the tide pools.

Good to Know: Cape Flattery is a Nature Sanctuary in the Makah Reservation. A Makah Recreation Pass ($10) is required to park at the trail head. For more details, see the Makah website.

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photo: John Fowler via flickr

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

— Helen Walker Green