Closer to home, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is the Pacific Northwest at its best: mountains, water, rainforest, and sleepy backroads. The area is popular with cycle tourists, and Olympic National Park is laced with hiking trails for all ability levels, as well as the Sol Duc Hot Springs. Paddlers can head to the Hood Canal, on the peninsula’s eastern shore.
There are farmers markets, coffee shops and other urban necessities in the seaside towns of Port Angeles and Port Townsend, on the north coast. As far as convenience is concerned, it's an ideal destination: The peninsula is compact and easy to explore with a rental car, and Seattle is just a couple of hours away