Something to see and do for every season
Come in the off-season and beat the crowds and enjoy great rates on lodging. Unwind by a stone fireplace at Kalaloch Lodge. Or find yourself in the cozy lap of luxury at The Resort at Port Ludlow. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, check out these seasonal trip tips for making the most of your time on the peninsula.
RVing and camping are wildly popular pastimes on the peninsula, and a great way to connect with the area’s great outdoors and natural beauty. There’s always a place to pitch your tent or park your rig, but spaces fill up quickly, especially during warm-weather months. When possible, reserve in advance. All campsites within Olympic National Park (with the exception of Kalaoloch and Sol Duc) are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re looking for a backcountry experience, be aware that permits are required for all overnight stays in the park’s wilderness areas. Check out lodging listings for campgrounds and RV parks.
Eat your Way around the LOOP!
Traversing the Olympic Peninsula offers three routes, from a short stretch to the full-meal deal. Along your drive, get a taste of the region’s delicious cuisine and farm-fresh fare with frequent stops along the Olympic Peninsula Culinary Loop.
Summer & Fall
With easy access from Seattle, Portland and Victoria B.C., there’s a reason crowds flock to the Olympic Peninsula during summer and fall months. Beautiful weather means prime conditions for touring the region and partaking in nearly every outdoor activity imaginable—biking, hiking, climbing, camping, water sports and more. Toss in popular festivals and events and excellent wildlife viewing on land and water, and things are hopping during fair-weather months. Plan accordingly.
Winter & Spring
Moderate temperatures and smaller crowds make winter and spring the ideal time to visit the Olympic Peninsula. Sure, you’re likely to run into cooler temps and more of the wet stuff, but you’ll be deluged with things to see and do. (Remember, See roaring rivers and thundering waterfalls created by snowmelt and showers nearly year-round.)