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Itinerary 3: Seattle - Lake Quinault

Itinerary 3:
Day 1: Seattle - Lake Quinault (156 miles)
Day 2: Hoh River, Kalaloch Lodge at Olympic National Park
Day 3: Forks - Olympic National Park
Day 4: Sol Duc - Lake Crescent (35 miles)
Day 5: Lake Crescent - Seattle (110 miles)

From dew-dripping moss-laden giant fern-filled temperate rainforests to the wild, wonderful Washington coast, from rushing rivers to snowcapped mountain peaks, the Olympic National Park is naturally enchanting. Tribal museums and cultural centers share the stories of the Northwest Coast peoples. Stay in and tour four landmark lodges within the park. Put on your hiking shoes and keep a watchful eye for blacktail deer, Roosevelt elk, marmots and many species of birds.

Day 1 - Seattle - Lake Quinault (156 miles)

Optional stops:
Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, South Puget Sound, Olympia’s waterfront and Washington State Capitol Campus.
Lunch: Olympia waterfront restaurant
Detour: The Skokomish Tribal Center: Named “Best Native American Museum in the Pacific Northwest” by Smithsonian. Experience the history of the People of Chief Seattle through displays of canoes, masks, baskets, cooking utensils and antique photos and two award-winning media productions, “The Eyes of Chief Seattle,” and “Come Forth Laughing”.
Guided tours available, gift shop with native crafts.
Quinault Valley: 15 maintained trails.
The Big Spruce Tree Trail is an easy walk to the largest known Sitka Spruce, near the Rain Forest Resort Village and about a mile from Quinault Lodge. Maple Glade is a short ½ mile trail through rainforests of big leaf maple, moss and ferns. The Big Cedar Trail is about 15 minutes long and includes some high steps. It ends at a cedar tree some have nicknamed the Hobbit Tree.

Overnight:
Lake Quinault Lodge, Enjoy a relaxing stay at this historic 1926 timber lodge where FDR stayed during a 1936 tour that eventually led to the formation of Olympic National Park.
Curl up with a book next to the fireplace near the lobby or explore several short trails near the lodge offering another chance to experience the rain forest. Evening activity: Arrange a talk by Harvest Moon, a Quinault Tribal member, master basket maker and storyteller.

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Lake Quinault is a deep, clear lake located on the southwestern side of Olympic National Park.
Lake Quinault is a deep, clear lake located on the southwestern side of Olympic National Park.

CLake Quinault Lodge offers great beach access along the Washington coast
Lake Quinault Lodge offers great beach access along the Washington coast

   
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