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1. Posted by jbur816 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Bear with me, this is a long story. My husband and I are planning a trip to Washington State this Sept. We live in Arizona and can't wait to get to a cooler clime, plus we really want to see the rainforest. We will be there for 8 days. Here is the itenerary so far:

Fri, Sept 9, Arrive at Sea Tac, drive up to Port Townsend, stay at Ann Starrett Mansion for two nights.

Sat, Sept 10, Check out Wooden Boat Festival and possibly sail or whale watch, walk around town (historic district) See Fort Worden.

Sun, Sept 11, Check out of Ann Starrett, head toward Port Angeles, taking in sights along the way (Sequim, Dungeness Crab area, etc.) Check into b&b at Port Angeles. Relax.

Mon, Sept 12, Check out Hurricane Ridge, do short hike, go to Sol Duc Hot Springs, and waterfall? more short hiking.

Tues, Sept 13, Check out of b&b and take car boarding ferry to Victoria. Walk around Victoria a while. Drive to Butchart Gardens. Spend the day. Check into quaint hotel in Sidney, BC.

Wed, Sept 14, See Butterfly Gardens. Ferry back to Port Angeles. Where to stay??? What to do???

Thurs, Sept 15 ???

Fri, Sept 16 Booked a room close to SeaTac.

Sat, Sept 17 Leave on early morning flight.

For Wed and Thurs, we do not know what we are doing. I know that we want to make sure to see the Hoh Rain Forest, but other than that, we are totally open. Just want to see the "best of" the Olympic Peninsula. Any ideas/help will be most appreciated. Thank you!!!!!!

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3. Posted by erik_ (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

While you're in Port Townsend be sure to stop by Khu Larb Thai (if you like Thai food). One of the best Thai restaurants I've been to. The rainforest is cool, good hikes and stuff. You could head out to Neah Bay, which I believe is the NWernmost point in the country (excluding Alaska of course). There's not much to see there, but it's an interesting point. You could also go to Sequim (silent e) and walk on the big long spit.

4. Posted by srapson (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

The Quinault region has a lot of the same stuff as the Hoh rainforest but is less busy. Went backpacking there last year... Absolutely gorgeous.

The real best-of (in my mind) requires a backpacking trip through the park, but sounds like that isn't on the agenda for you.

5. Posted by jbur816 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Thanks to all for your replies.