We (me, my husband and a 15 year old daugher) are planning a trip in July for Olympic National Park. We have about two weeks total, and will be driving up from the Sacramento area. That means we'll spend about two days driving up and back, so about 10 days total in the area. We planned to drive up through Seattle, and then do a counter-clockwise loop through the park areas.
Our thoughts/questions on itinerary:
Seattle - 2 nights - is that about right if we've never been there before?
North End of the park -- We'd like to visit Port Townsend, Lake Crescent, Hurricane Ridge, and do a river fishing day (my husband is a big fisherman, and wants to do a guided river trip somewhere)....maybe 4 nights....or longer? Would we be better off staying at the Lake Crescent Lodge, someplace in Port Angeles, or someplace else? We'd prefer a cabin/lodge type of setting where we could have small kitchen and not have to go out every night. We're not "budget" travelers, but we don't need the Ritz Carlton for sure.
Also, are the Sol duc hot springs worth it? We're not really the springs soaking types, but if it is something special, we'd add that to the list. And...what about the far North end...Callum Bay, Neah Bay...is it worth adding time to take in that area?
East Side - Several places look great...Quilete Oceanside Resort, Kalaloch Lodge, Lake Quinalt Resort....should we try to stay in two places, or just one and drive more? We want to see some of the beaches, the Hoh rainforest, etc. We also would like to get some mild sea or estuary kayaking in...not sure if this area or the north side is best for that?
Appreciate your thoughts on time in each area and where might be best to stay. Thank very much!!!