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Nature Lovers

Whether it's the thrill of an outdoor adventure or experiencing the beauty of some of the most magnificent natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, your visit to the Olympic Peninsula is guaranteed to be one that will lift spirits, warm souls and provide memories for years to come.


Olympic Peninsula Lavender Farms

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley is the Lavender Capital of North America with more than 30 farms growing this amazingly diverse herb.

Olympic Peninsula Lavender Farms offer tours all summer. There are more than 144 varieties of lavender in the valley and they will be blooming during the summer for all to enjoy!

Lavender Celebration - The Sequim Lavender Farm Faire & Lavender Festival are celebrated the third weekend in July, featuring farm tours with over a hundred varieties of lavender plants. Enjoy the street fair with craftspeople, wonderfully unique lavender products, fine musical entertainment, flavorful Pacific Northwest cuisine and wine tasting from local North Olympic Peninsula Wineries.
Sequim Lavender Farmers Association
Sequim Lavender Growers Association


Bird Watching

The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is home to many sea and land birds. During your visit, you are likely to see eagles, quail and other wild birds throughout the Olympic Peninsula.

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge - is home to more than 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of marine mammals.
Dungeness Nation Wildlife Refuge
Dungeness Recreation Area

Dungeness River Audubon Center - provides information on bird watching locations on the North Olympic Peninsula. Located at Railroad Bridge Park. The historic railroad bridge serves as a pedestrian and cycling trail, and was a former river crossing of the now-defunct railroad between Port Townsend and Port Angeles. Located about 5 1/2 miles upstream of the river's mouth at Dungeness, it is a good example of the still-natural setting of the lower river corridor.

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society - The Olympic Peninsula offers a rich birding environment, as it is on the path for many migratory birds.

Olympic Peninsula Bird Festival - is celebrated in April, featuring guided birding trips, boat tours, kayaking, a salmon banquet, and many other presentations.

Olympic Peninsula Birding Trails - Preview detailed information about specific geographic areas and trails.


Nature Photography

The spectacular scenery on the Olympic Peninsula offers a plethora of photographic opportunities for the amateur and the professional.

Renowned wilderness photographer, author, and speaker Ross Hamilton has spent over 35 years accumulating one of the nations finest comprehensive photographic collections of the Olympic Peninsula. Colette's web site features many of the vibrant and visually stunning photographs that were taken by Ross and reflect the magnificent beauty and scenic grandeur of the Olympic Peninsula. Ross Hamiltons premier galleries of photographs are available for purchase as prints, note cards, books, calendars and travel guides.

Nature photographer Keith Lazelle captures images that explore both the subtleties and grandeur of natures presence. An impressive variety of note cards and an elegant calendar featuring extraordinary photos showcasing the glory of the great outdoors are available for purchase. Many of the outstanding photographs on Colette's web site were taken by Keith and reflect the true beauty of the property.


Escorted Coach Tours Nature / Wildlife / Popular Destinations

Sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving, while you enjoy the day.

All Points Charters & Tours - is a full-service tour company offering full day tours of interest on the northern Olympic Peninsula. Lake Crescent and Hurricane Ridge Day Tour, Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach Day Tour, Makah Tribal Culture and Cape Flattery Day Tour, and Olympic Wineries Day Tour. Your tour guide and operator, Willie Nelson is a Washington State Wildlife Biologist.


Whale Watching / Wildlife Cruises

Catch a charter to get a glimpse of the whales frolicking in the Strait.

Expeditions NW - presents a variety of Adventure & Eco Cruises in the Pacific Northwest on the waters of the Salish Sea, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the western entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Haro Strait, and the San Juan Islands. Sunset Cruises, Harbor Cruises. 120 ft. vessel, Expedition. Based in Port Angeles.

The Water Limousine - is a private water limousine that promises a unique and elegant experience. Wildlife viewing, photographic opportunities, a romantic evening or just a day out on the water, the captain is at your service. The itinerary is up to you, including the Olympic Peninsula, the San Juan Islands or any other Pacific Northwest destination of your choice. Private Custom Cruise Service. 26-foot vessel, Livin' The Dream. Based in Sequim.

Puget Sound Express - offers whale watching tours and wildlife tours around the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands. Bird Migration Cruises, Puffin Cruises, Killer Whale Cruises, Gray Whale Cruises. Based in Port Townsend.


Boating

Boat launch ramps are located at Sequim Bay State Park, Port Williams, Dungeness Bay Oyster Farm, Cline Spit and the John Wayne Marina.

Port of Port Angeles - Marinas, Marine Facilities, Port Information


Wildlife Experience

The place to experience wildlife at close range.

Olympic Game Farm home to many animal species, both endangered and non-endangered. Many of the animals are veterans of the silver screen. Animals include buffalo, tigers, zebras, wolves, yaks and three varieties of bears for the public to enjoy.

For more than 28 years, the Olympic Game Farm worked exclusively with Walt Disney Studios and many other movie studios on well known feature films including: The Grizzly Adams Series, The Incredible Journey, Charlie the Lonesome Cougar, Beachcombers and many more.


Clamming and Crabbing

50,000 pounds of clams are harvested from the tideland between the Dungeness Spit and Sequim Bay annually. Be sure to try the world famous Dungeness Crab while you are here.

Pacific Razor Clam - is an exceptionally meaty shellfish, it is abundant on surf-pounded ocean beaches, but also occurs in sheltered areas along the coast on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Dungeness Crab - gets its common name from the town of Dungeness, Washington where the first commercial harvesting of the crab was done. The Dungeness Crab is the only commercially important crab in the state of Washington's territorial water.

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