Our plan has been to spend about 6 weeks exploring the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington. Two weeks were spent at the Elwha Dam RV Park located near Port Angeles.
Lavender, flowers and gardens certainly do excellent in the climate of the banana belt (a region that has warmer and drier weather conditions, especially in the winter)! The town of Sequim has a popular lavender festival every year. Lavender farms open for tours, entertainment, u-pick lavender and gift items.
The Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refuge is a 6.8 mile long sand spit jutting out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The lighthouse is located at the end of the spit and hiking to it should be planned before the tide comes in making it more difficult on the cobble stones.
At Ediz Hook we encountered a playful river otter mama and her pups! Salt creek marsh was recommended when the tide is out for a great place to look for creatures in the tidal pools.
One full day was spent at the Hoh Rainforest and along the Pacific coastline. Then another day hiking to Sol Duc Falls and exploring Lake Crescent.
A wonderful day was spent taking the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, British Columbia CAN. We booked a combination ticket with the ferry that shuttled us to the Butchart Gardens. The gardens were absolutely stunning. Afterwards we took a tour of Victoria on the Hop On Hop Off bus and had a fabulous Halibut dinner at Nautical Nellies.
This city is absolutely beautiful and we recommend a visit!