Get ready to overload your schedule with 10 + 3 special places on the Olympic Peninsula. There have been several lists compiled over the last few weeks, all with gorgeous photos and travel hints for the peninsula. Let’s start with ExOfficio’s 10 Totally Amazing Places to See on the Northern Olympic Peninsula. This list has amazing photos, as well as short descriptions of some of our favorite places.
We totally agree that the places on ExOfficio’s list shouldn’t be missed, but we think there are a couple missed opportunities to get into the flavor, history and fun.
Dungeness Spit is mentioned #1 in ExOfficio’s list and we are glad it made the list. Dungeness Spit is especially precious. It’s the longest natural sand spit in the USA. The 5.5-mile walk out to the New Dungeness Lighthouse is a test of endurance, since the walk is totally on sand. You can sign up to be a lighthouse keeper for a week. Lots of responsibility, but a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or as the lighthouse keepers website says, Stay a Week…Memories for a Lifetime!
Joyce Museum and Joyce General Store count as one stop. Summer hours for the museum are Thursday – Monday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Try to go when Margaret is there. She is the all-knowing docent of wisdom when it comes to the area. The log building, built in 1914, was once the train depot. Now it houses historic photographs, newspapers and examples of the days gone by. Lots of artifacts and info about the recent Elwha River dam removal project is housed here. Take a reality step back in time when you enter the General Store. It’s still got its brass mail boxes and absolutely everything you could possibly need – from motor oil to Wesson oil, from brushes to clean mushrooms to brushes to paint the house. Plus they have bumper stickers that say, “I ♥ Joyce”, a definite memento for anyone you know named “Joyce”.
John’s Beachcombing Museum. A new must-do on the peninsula – near Forks. Here are some comments from visitors to this unique collection:
- “Some very cool and very unusual stuff in there!”
- “This place is amazing!!! I am an environmental science teacher and I learned an amazing amount of information about what washes up on our shores. Thanks John for a great and informational time.”
“Absolutely loved our trip through John’s museum. It was great listening to John’s stories and the kids were totally engaged from the drive in until we drove away… Thanks John, this is a must see and we will be back.”
Admission to tour the museum is $5. Prepare to spend some time there! It’s open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or for group tours by appointment, for more information or questions call 360-640-0320.