America's Best Fall Color Drives
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Washington’s Olympic Peninsula
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.