Olympic Peninsula, WA
The Olympic Peninsula is the large arm of land in western Washington state that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle. It is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the east by Puget Sound and the Hood Canal. Cape Alava, the westernmost point in the contiguous United States, is on the peninsula.
The Olympic Peninsula is home to three of the handful of temperate rain forests in the world: the Hoh, Queets, and Quinault.
Lakes on the peninsula include Lake Aldwell, Lake Crescent, Lake Cushman, Lake Mills, Lake Ozette, Lake Pleasant, Lake Quinault, and Lake Sutherland, and its rivers include the Bogachiel, the Dosewallips, the Dungeness, the Elwha, the Humptulips, the Queets, the Quillayute, the Quinault, the Skokomish, and the Sol Duc.
The Olympic mountain range sits in the center of the Olympic Peninsula. This range is the second largest in Washington State. Its highest peak is Mt. Olympus.
The peninsula contains many state and national parks, including Anderson Lake, Bogachiel, Dosewallips, Fort Flagler, Fort Worden, Lake Cushman, Mystery Bay, Old Fort Townsend, Potlatch, Sequim Bay, Shine Tidelands, and Triton Cove state parks; Olympic National Park; and the Olympic National Forest. Within the Olympic National Forest, there are five designated wilderness areas: The Brothers, Buckhorn, Colonel Bob, Mt. Skokomish, and Wonder Mountain.
Clallam and Jefferson counties, as well as the northern parts of Grays Harbor and Mason counties, are on the peninsula.
From Olympia, the state capital, U.S. Route 101 runs along the Olympic Peninsula's eastern, northern, and western shorelines.