From winding coastline and rainforests to long stretches of beaches and mountain peaks, you'll find almost everything along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. Stretching across nearly the entire north-south length of Washington state along US 101, this byway includes one of the most beautiful drives in the continental United States, including places to visit like Hurricane Ridge - which people flock to for the views of the wildlife and a spectacular view of mountain peak vistas to the south - not to mention Port Angeles, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Mt. Baker and Vancouver Islands to the north.
An old growth forest provides a home for bear, deer, elk, and other animals. Along the way, visitors can see thousands of shorebirds making a migratory winter stop. Hiking is offered on the rocky cliffs along the byway, or you can horseback along trails and beaches. The area is also known for saltwater recreational activities like fishing, kayaking, and harvesting clams and oysters. Visitors can try their hand at clamming and crabbing at Willapa.
The area has plenty of facilities for camping, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Hike, backpack or horseback your way to where you can spend the day exploring miles of beaches, rocky cliffs, tidepools, and lazy creeks.
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