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Washington State's Olympic Peninsula
Seven Wonders of the Olympic Peninsula
Take a self-guided tour around the Olympic Peninsula to visit its seven unique
and famous landmarks. The tour of the Seven Wonders of the Olympic Peninsula includes
a canal with only one entrance, two islands, the longest spit in the United States,
a mountain known as "the home of the gods," and the deepest natural
harbor on the west coast.
The seven landmarks designated as the "Seven Wonders" are Hood Canal,
Protection Island, Dungeness Spit, Mt. Olympus, Tatoosh Island, the Olympic rain
forests and Grays Harbor.
HOOD CANAL - The Olympic's Emerald Fjord
Hood Canal is nature's waterway that divides the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas.
Over 600 feet deep in places, it is a large producer of salmon, oysters, clams,
shrimp and geoducks. Best views are from the Hood Canal floating bridge, which
crosses Hood Canal near Port Ludlow.
Protection Island, at the entrance to Discovery Bay, is a national marine sanctuary
and home to endangered species of waterfowl and mammals. The island is home to
tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, eagles and seals. Best views are from beaches
north of Port Townsend.
The Dungeness Spit north of Sequim is the longest natural sand spit in the United
States. Over 6 miles long, it grows 30 feet a year in length. Over 200 species
of birds visit the spit. Dungeness, which means "Sandy Cape" protects
the Bay, which is the natural habitat of Dungeness crabs.
MOUNT OLYMPUS- Home of the Gods
Mt. Olympus, "home of the gods," is the highest peak (7965 ft.) in the
Olympic mountain range. Best views are from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National
Park south of Port Angeles. The mountain's tallest peaks are named for Greek,
Roman and Norse gods, such as Athena, Mercury and Thor. It is also home of a native
American god, Thunderbird.
TATOOSH ISLAND - Entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Tatoosh Island, at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, was a sacred fishing
ground for native Americans. It is off the coast of the most northwestern point
of the contiguous USA. Best views are from cliffs west of Neah Bay, the Makah
Indians' fishing village.
OLYMPIC RAIN FORESTS
The Olympic Rain Forests -- the Hoh, the Quinault and the Queets -- are the only
temperate rain forests in the USA. Best views are at the Hoh Ranger Station in
Olympic National Park and around Lake Quinault. The rain forests are cathedrals
of giant trees and hanging mosses where elk and deer live.
Grays Harbor is the largest and deepest natural harbor on the west coast of the
United States. Bowerman Basin Refuge in the harbor is a national wildlife preserve
and major flyway for the west coast's migrating birds. Best views are along shores
of Hoquiam, Ocean Shores and Westport.
OTHER WEB SITES WITH INFORMATION ON OLYMPIC PENINSULA
Official Olympic Peninsula Guide Published by Youra Guides and Maps. Excellent links to Olympic Information.
Olympic National Park Guide Information directly from Olympic National Park headquarters.
Olympic Peninsula Map Best Map.
Olympic Peninsula Travel Association OPTA.
Olympic Peninsula Resort and Hotel Assoc. OPRHA.
OlyPortal.com access to lots of links.
DISCLAIMER: This web site is not associated with, nor sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee or International Olympic Committee. The word "Olympic" is used on this website with the permission of U.S. Code: Title 36: Section 220506 : (3)(B) "use of word 'Olympic' refers to the naturally occurring mountains or geographical region; and" (3)(C) "marketed in the State of Washington west of the Cascade Mountain range, and operations and marketing outside of this area are not substantial."