September 24th (Day 21): Port Angeles
|Port Angeles, seen from uptown|
Olympia is not only the capital of the state of Washington but also the city where U.S. route 101 starts in the North originating from Interstate 5.
After leaving Woodland it was a short ride to this place. We then started traveling along U.S. route 101 around the Olympic peninsula, along Hood Canal, a fjord of Puget Sound.
At early afternoon we reached Port Angeles, the most northern point of our entire journey. We right away went to the Olympic National Park Visitor Center there to collect some day hiking related information. Then we explored downtown and waterfront of Port Angeles, latter providing a nice view on the Strait of Juan de Fucca, Vancouver Island and even Mt. Baker far away, had some cappuccino at 1st street and booked a room in a Quality Inn located uptown – again with a nice view on the city and the Strait of Juan de Fucca.
In the later afternoon we did a first approach into Olympic National Park visiting Elwha Valley and the Madison Falls, before we did a short walk along Lake Mills during sunset.