I've been missing in action and I'm sorry for that. It's been 40 years since we visited Olympic National Park so it's high time we planned another trip to the park! Forty years ago we didn't have a lot of vacation time so we only had two days in the park but I remember how beautiful it was!
DH & I are retired now so we have a lot of time we can spend in Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula. This will be part of an almost 2 month trip. We have a motorhome and we tow a Jeep Liberty & we're not afraid to take the Jeep off the pavement.
I was thinking about spending two to three weeks in late August - September to really do the area justice. I was wondering if 3 weeks is to long? We like to schedule in bad weather days. I was thinking of splitting our time in three locations. Kalalock Campground, Sol Duc Campground and Salt Creek Campground in Salt Creek Recreation Area. Any areas you think might be better for camping? Any favorite campsites at these locations? Any advise on how to break down the time in each area? I know I need to start booking the campgrounds ASAP.
We're in our 60's, we like hiking and can do 5 - 6 miles of easy to moderate hikes. We like waterfalls, lighthouses, wildlife, wildflowers, geology, ocean, tide pools, great views & scenic drives. Please let us know you're favorite hikes and scenic drives in and near the park.
We might even take the ferry over to Victoria Canada. I'd also like to do a Orca whale watching tour if it's not to late in the year to see Orca's. I've never seen an Orca. We will be in Seattle in June for a cruise so we don't need time in Seattle. We're also considering going north of Seattle for several more days to visit the San Juan Islands. Any recommendations on what to see and do and how long to plan for this area.
Should we avoid the Labor Day weekend? If we did get camping over that weekend, what areas would you advise we avoid? What's the crowds like in September?
Thank you in advance for any help.