New year - new decade! 2020 offers clear vision of fresh choices, like less screen time, more outdoor time. Less sitting in traffic, more exploring our state's natural beauty. Less routine, more adventure. What's on your list?
 
This year take time for yourself to do things you love and be with people you enjoy. You'll find lots of space and opportunity to do so here on the Olympic Peninsula. Take a walk on the beach, hike a trail in the rain forest, play in the snow on Hurricane Ridge or check out one of our spas on the peninsula for some self-care. A wide array of lodging options, and some great local food and beverage establishments will help you feel right at home. Whatever brings you happiness, we invite you to jump start your new year's resolutions with a trip to the Olympic Peninsula.
 
Happy "Re-New" Year!

Marsha Massey, Executive Director
Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park
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WINTER OUTDOOR  EXPERIENCES
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Icy Marymere Falls, Olympic National Park

Winter on the Olympic Peninsula is a magical time to visit - our secret season. Beaches and trails are less crowded for outdoor lovers and lodging accommodations often have great room rates. Storm watching on the coast is a favorite for many with crashing waves, howling winds and winter rains. It's a good reason to tuck inside and watch Mother Nature's antics from the vantage point of a cozy window seat or go outside and experience it full on! But there are also often spectacular days with sparkling sunshine or dramatic cloud formations galloping across the sky morphing into magnificent sunsets. Check out these outdoor options.


Sequim's Dungeness River Audubon Center Bird Walks
Wednesdays | 8:30-10:30 am

Start the new year off right with free bird walks at the River Center in Sequim to see and hear the birds of the Dungeness riparian forest. Information from the weekly walks helps the center to understand the annual cycle of birds in Railroad Bridge Park. All ages and experience levels are welcome to attend. And while you're there, you may enjoy a walk on that portion of the Olympic Discovery Trail. LEARN MORE


Take a Winter Stroll on the Beach at Dungeness Spit

Winter is an exciting time of year to explore the Olympic Peninsula's beaches. The spit is part of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, the longest natural sand spit in North America. Hike five miles out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and visit the New Dungeness Lighthouse. The winter season can offer captivating light across stunning coastal landscapes. Be sure to check the tide tables before you set out.   LEARN MORE

Cape Flattery | Courtesy HikeOlympic.com

Five Great Winter Hikes

We've got hiking recommendations for you from one of our local experts. From lakeside to coastal, these five winter hikes are low mileage, but energizing and family-friendly. READ BLOG


Play in the Snow on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park
November 2019 - March 2020

Skiing a national park should be on every outdoor enthusiast's bucket list, and Hurricane Ridge is one of only three remaining lift operations within the National Parks. In addition to downhill and cross-country skiing, Hurricane Ridge offers opportunity for snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing. This family-friendly location is a great place to learn or hone your skiing or snowshoeing skills with small classes and quality lessons. Bring your own equipment or rent onsite at the Learning Center. Reservations for lessons are recommended. For current road conditions, call 360.565.3131.   LEARN MORE

Elwha River Bridge | Courtesy  RunthePeninsula.com

Bucket List Runs on the Olympic Peninsula

Calling all runners! Pick up the pace as foot running season kicks off this winter with several running and walking events. Lace up your sneakers and get training for these runs that will take you from winter to spring:
  • OAT Run on the Olympic Adventure Trail, April 18
READ OUR BLOG to learn more about races and tours.


Cycling the Olympic Discovery Trail

Grab your bike, pump up your tires, get a few friends or family members together and head to the Olympic Discovery Trail for a ride of unsurpassed beauty. The section just east of Blyn at Sequim Bay to the Elwha River is considered the trail's "crown jewel" with groomed or paved trail spanning nearly 40 miles. You can ride it in three sections-Blyn to Sequim, Carrie Blake Park to the Port Angeles City Pier and the pier to the Elwha River Crossing.   LEARN MORE
WINTER EVENTS
All that exhilarating winter activity will work up a thirst and we have exciting and delicious options for you with upcoming events that celebrate the peninsula's craft beverage scene. Here's a toast to the new year ahead and trying a sip of something you've never had before. Cheers!


Strange BrewFest
Port Townsend | January 24-25

There's no time for winter blues-bring on the strange brews boasting wildly inventive, palate-challenging craft brews featuring over 30 breweries and cideries, along with more than 60 brews on tap. This is the Mount Olympus of beer festivals, as the 16th version of Port Townsend's ode to Northwest brewers and their imaginations lets you party and rock out.   LEARN MORE


Red Wine, Cider, & Chocolate Tour
Across the North Olympic Peninsula
February 8, 9 & 15, 16, 17

Spend two sumptuous weekends of wine and cider tasting at Olympic Peninsula wineries and cideries. Let your temptations run wild with the unmatched, extraordinary blends of Washington grapes, apples and pears-paired with decadent chocolate and local culinary fare.  LEARN MORE
NATIONAL PLAN FOR VACATION DAY
Heart O' the Hills Campground

Tuesday, January 28

Quite possibly, one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself and your family is to take time off. Mark your calendar for January 28 to plan your vacation for travel in 2020. It's a known fact that if you plan your vacation, you're more likely to use all your time off. And if you're planning travel to the Olympic Peninsula in the summer months, early planning assures you of accommodations and camp sites where and when you want them. We have many options for you to book an array of lodgings, as well as parks and campgrounds and look forward to welcoming you to the Olympic Peninsula. LEARN MORE
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL INFO

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When planning a winter visit to Olympic National Park,  know before you go. Be sure to check out the Alerts & Conditions information on the park webpage  and call the recorded Road & Weather line at 360-565-3131 (updated daily).

MARCH EVENTS
Save these dates for future events in March:

We look forward to welcoming you to the Olympic Peninsula this year!
Check out what's happening on the Olympic Peninsula this month.  Request your Olympic Peninsula Travel Planner  now.
Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission | 360-452-8552 info@olympicpeninsula.org | OlympicPeninsula.org