Pride Journey Summer Getaway: Olympic Park
Olympic National Park encompasses 922,651 acres of preserved wilderness with three distinct ecosystems: coastal, rainforest and sub-alpine. Blissfully disconnected from the modern world, the Olympic Peninsula offers summer destinations where guests can find a variety of ways to explore the varying terrain and ample wildlife. There are bicycling and hiking trails abound, some of the Pacific Northwest’s best fisheries and water activities that include lake boat tours, paddleboats, pontoon boats and kayak rentals. Below are a few lodges that also offer pet-friendly options for guest.
Lake Crescent Lodge will reopen on May 7. This charming 105-year-old hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sets the stage for idyllic outdoor adventures ranging from walking and bicycling trails lined with 500-year-old trees and waterfalls to fishing, paddleboats, kayaking and stand up paddleboard rentals.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort reopens April 16 featuring private cabins that offer peaceful isolation. Abundant hiking trails leading to Sol Duc Valley and Sol Duc Falls provide natural social distancing for a safe and stress-free getaway. Overnight guests of the cabin resort also enjoy access to the three natural mineral hot spring soaking pools with temperatures ranging from 99 to 104 degrees F. The pools are fed from rain and melted snow that seep through cracks in sedimentary rocks and mix with the gasses from cooling volcanic rocks, and then rise via surface cracks. Before a soak, poolside massages are available.
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