Music in the Park at Sequim’s James Center Amphitheater
As the days heat up, summer concert series pop up around the Olympic Peninsula. There are community concerts planned most days of the week. Venues range from waterfront piers to forested parks. Some are alcohol free while others have local beer and wine for sale. In Port Angeles there are bubbles and sidewalk chalk for the kids and Port Townsend’s concert series has a beer, cider, and wine garden. Grab your lawn chair or picnic blanket and head to a venue near you.
Free Community Concert Series:
Concerts on the Pier presented by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce
WHEN: Wednesdays 6-8, June- September
WHERE: Port Angeles City Pier
The Olympic Peninsula is home to dramatic coastline and beaches. From sea stacks to tidepools, sandy shores to rocky cliffs there’s a beach for everyone. Here we are highlighting five of our favorite beaches paired with who they may appeal to most: Adventurers, Surfers, Whale Watchers, Families, Shell Fishermen, and Storm Chasers.
Shi Shi Beach
Adventurers –Shi Shi Beach– Often described as the Olympic Peninsula’s most dramatic beach, Shi Shi is home to sea stacks, caves, arches, and tidepools. Part of the adventure is getting to the beach. Starting just outside Neah Bay, it’s a 3.3 mile hike on wooden boardwalks and bridges through the rainforest and down a rather steep beach cliff. Hikers are rewarded with stunning views of this wild coast. A Makah Recreation Pass should be purchased before heading out on the trail.
Surfers and Whale Watchers- First Beach– Near the coastal town of La Push is one of the Olympic Peninsula’s top surfing spots, First Beach. Waves crash on the mile long crescent shaped beach which is part of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Surf lessons and equipment rentals are available in La Push. At the north end of First Beach is a Whale Trail site. From February to April, gray whales pass through the area during their northern migration. Porpoises, otters, seals, and sea lions are also commonly seen here.
Now you can begin your very own list of OTHER things you want to do on the Olympic Peninsula.
How about get in a kayak at Freshwater Bay or a raft down the Hoh River? Or maybe Start exploring the marvels of Olympic Coast Cuisine – have you ever eaten geoduck? There’s more to explore, experience and enjoy, so START YOUR OWN LIST and share it.
Vampires, Werewolves and Everything Twilight!
Stop by the Forks Visitor Center to see “Bella’s Truck”
Stephenie Meyer’s popular book series and movie, Twilight, takes place on the Olympic Peninsula in the towns of Forks, LaPush and Port Angeles. We are delighted to welcome Twilight fans from around the world as they embark on travel adventures to discover the homes and hangouts of Edward, Bella, Jacob and all the Twilight characters.
You can find story locations through self-guided tour maps or on organized tours. Visit the high school in Forks that Bella and Edward attend, the beach at La Push where Bella learns the truth about Edward and the restaurant in Port Angeles where they have their first date. Local stores and restaurants offer menu items & memorabilia for Twilight fans.
Explore Tide Pools and Examine Cool Critters on the Olympic Peninsula!
Sea Stars at low tide
Take time to discover and explore the miniature world of tide pools on the Olympic Peninsula’s Pacific coastal and Strait of Juan de Fuca beaches. As breezes blow away the morning mist, you’ll discover dozens of fascinating tide pools with sea stars and urchins and other critters scurrying about in the tide pools.
Constantly shaped and re-shaped by the actions of sun, wind, water and rock, tide pools are distinctive and somewhat harsh habitat where the ocean water meets the land. Life is tough for plants and animals that live in tide pools. The sun bears down. Wind and water continually pound at the rocks. Nevertheless, the rugged Olympic Peninsula coastline teems with life! Sea stars, barnacles, urchins, anemones, tubeworms, piddock clams and sea snails thrive in these little pools – and one square foot may support thousands of these tenacious little sea creatures.
See the Pacific Ocean from a Ruby Beach or Find Some Perfect Skipping Stones
Perfect Skipping Stones
Olympic Peninsula’s Ruby Beach with a meandering creek, dramatic sea stacks, and drift logs is named for its sometimes garnet-colored sand. Witness this phenomenon especially near sunset. A gold mining operation was located here in the early 1900s. Olympic National Park protects over 73 miles of the some of the most primitive natural coastline in the 48 contiguous United States. The views of ocean, cliffs, headlands, islands and sea stacks, coupled with the dramatic changing sea, provide a unique wilderness experience. Most of the coast can only be accessed by foot. Rialto Beach and Kalaloch beaches, including Ruby Beach, are accessible by road. You’ll find prefect skipping stones at Rialto Beach near La Push.
#1 and #2: Visit the Temperate Rain Forest in the Hoh Valley of the Olympic Peninsula
Mossy Hoh Rain Forest
Among the only protected temperate rain forests in the Northern Hemisphere, the Hoh Rain Forest is a not-to-be-missed attraction on the West Side of the Olympic Peninsula. Moisture-laden air from the Pacific brings an average of 140 inches of annual rainfall to the Hoh Valley, (record of 190 inches) in addition to condensed mist that contributes another 30 inches. Nineteen miles inland from Hwy 101 you’ll find the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Here, three loop trails are easy to stroll and give a great sampling of the area: The Hall of Mosses Trail is 3/4 mile and shows the moss-draped maples, magically green in the spring, spectacular with color in the fall, and a treat any time of year; the 1-1/4 mile Spruce Nature Trail meanders through the late-secessional (younger) forests of red alder and cottonwood, showing the landscape carved by this glacier-fed river; and a paved ¼-mile nature path suitable for a wheelchair or stroller. Rangers are available for interpretive walks and children can participate in the Junior Ranger Program, ending by being sworn in as a Junior Ranger by one of the Olympic National Park rangers.