History in the Pacific North West of America
The Olympic Peninsula of Washington state has a lot going for it. The unspoilt wilderness of the Olympic National Park has been attracting outdoor enthusiasts for years and blowing the minds of all that look out over the majestic spread of mountains. Don’t believe us? Check out this webcam located on the top of Hurricane Ridge that gives astounding views out over the Olympic Mountains. There is so much more to see her than just natural wonder, although the beauty of the place will absolutely take your breath away, the history that surrounds you in this jewel of the PNW is equally as mesmerising.
Port Townsend, a Victorian Seaport
Founded in 1792 Port Townsend is only 2 hours from Seattle and is the perfect combination of a city break and an escape to the great outdoors. The Victorian buildings that line the waterfront of this picturesque town will have you feeling like you have stepped back in time to when horse-drawn carriages and sailing ships were the norm. Take a walking tour with the local historical society and learn the history of the sinful downtown and high-class uptown areas of the town. Orcas, grey whales an humpbacks are often sighted in the waters of the coast with daily whale watching trips being a popular option.
Makah Museum, Neah Bay
Of course, the Olympic Peninsula has been inhabited for much longer than 1792. Multiple tribes of Native Americans have made their home in this lush and green spot. Not that long ago a mastodon bone was even found with a spear tip embedded in it! Travel out to Neah Bay on the west side of the peninsula to learn about one of the oldest tribes, at the Makah Museum. Here you will discover a recreation of a traditional longhouse, experience the sounds of Maka music and marvel at a whole host of artefacts that were uncoverd in a mudslide that revealed one of the oldest villages on the peninsula. Once you have explored the museum hike out to Cape Flattery to stand at the most Northwest point of the contiguous United States. You won’t regret it!
Twilight Forever in Forks
If you are a fan of the Stephanie Myer vampire saga then you will want to stop off in Forks and visit the Forever Twilight museum; a shrine to all things Twilight! Although the films were not actually shot in Forks there are lots of photo opportunities including Bellas Red truck!