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America's Best Fall Color Drives

America's Best Fall Color Drives: Olympic Peninsula, WA

Chuck Pefley / Alamy

Olympic Peninsula, WA

Starting Point: Seattle

The Route: 350 miles.

What to Expect: The northern coast of this still-wild, 5,000-square-mile peninsula is inhabited by elk, cranes, and sea otters.

Where to Stop: Olympic National Park’s scenic Hurricane Ridge, for some of the best views of the park’s eponymous snowcapped peaks; Lake Crescent, for a hike to the 90-foot Marymere Falls; Cape Flattery, known for its Sitka spruces and misty coves.

Don’t Miss: On the way back to Seattle, the historic seaport of Port Townsend is lined with Victorian houses and has a thriving boat-building industry.

—Bree Sposato


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