Get ready for the sight-seeing road trip of your dreams when you go around on the Olympic Peninsula Loop while exploring Olympic National Park.
Known as one of the most beautiful drives in Washington state, the 329-mile scenic route is one of the best ways to experience the diverse environments of the Pacific Northwest. Driving the entirety of the Olympic Peninsula Loop takes approximately 8 hours, not counting rest stops and time for picture-taking.
Tried-and-true road warriors may be able to cover all of this ground in one epic trip. If you would rather split your exploration of the loop with a few well-worthy stops along the way, try starting with the points of interest named here; you’ll be inspired by what you encounter.
Just a short drive from Seabrook, the Olympic National Park is truly one of the most spectacular places to explore in the Pacific Northwest.
Visit These Stopping Points on the Olympic Peninsula Loop
Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
Lovers of wildlife will definitely want to visit the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is especially good for birdwatching. If you happen to be in town during the annual Shorebird Festival, make sure to check it out. (It usually occurs in late April and early May.) If you come during another time of year, don’t worry - there are still plenty of stunning birds that winter in Grays Harbor. Break out your camera and try your hand at some wildlife photography while you’re on site. When you’re ready to head back to Seabrook, you’ll have plenty of post-worthy pictures to share. In about 35 minutes, you’ll be back in your cozy cottage.
Quinault Rainforest Nature Trail
About 45 minutes from Seabrook, the Quinault Rainforest Nature Trail is a quick interpretive trail that provides insight into the ecology of the majestic temperate rainforest. The trail follows Willaby creek and overlooks Willaby Gorge, using sign installations to teach visitors about different elements of the forest. The trail is open year-round, and leashed pets are allowed. You will need a pass to enter (one per vehicle), which can be purchased for five dollars at the trailhead. The Quinault Rainforest Nature Trail is a great way to experience a dense growth of ferns, moss, lichens, and gorgeous old-growth conifers without heading too far from your Seabrook beach cottage.
Kalaloch Beach and Lodge
Kalaloch Beach is a little over an hour from Seabrook, WA, and provides stunning views of the coast. It’s known as one of the most visited places in Olympic National Park, and when you get there, it will be incredibly clear why. Located on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula Loop, Kalaloch Beach includes both lush greenery and gorgeous beach scenes. Sunrises here are amazing. Try starting your day here and work your way down to the other access points nearby. Watching the colors change in the sky as the sun begins to peek out over the water is an experience you need to have while you’re on the Washington coast. While you’re there, make sure to pop your head in to Kalaloch Lodge, one of the oldest lodges in the Pacific Northwest!
Come Relax at a Seabrook Cottage
Whether you decide to check out one or all of these amazing points on the Olympic Peninsula Loop, come back to your Seabrook Cottage to watch the sunset. Our beautiful community includes something for every taste, whether you need a luxury beachfront property for your immediate family, or a large vacation home for a multi-family trip or group retreat. When you plan your vacation with us, you can rest assured that everything you need is available for you. Necessities like linens, dishes, and kitchenware come standard; even special perks like hot tubs are accessible in some rentals. Our charming community includes quaint shops, restaurants, and a community market for your convenience. It’s also within driving distance of some of the most exciting activities on the Washington coast. Whether it’s in-home amenities or area attractions that you’re looking for, you’ll find what you need when you become a part of the Seabrook family. Reserve your cottage today, and let us help you make your family’s next vacation its best!