The Strait Of Juan De Fuca Scenic Byway In Washington Is Worthy Of A Pilgrimage
Spring is in the air at last, and we happen to believe that “Spring Break” is for everyone, regardless of their school status. Take a breather from the daily grind and treat yourself (and a few of your favorite people) to a road trip. The Strait of Juan De Fuca National Scenic Byway is remote, but it’s well worth making the journey. This scenic drive is nothing short of stunning.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway, which is also known as Highway 112, stretches for 61 miles along the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula.
If you've never explored Washington's Olympic Peninsula, this is an incredible place to start.
In the 19th century, this highway served as community trails for logging and fishing camps.
Eventually, those dirt trails widened for wagons, horses, and then motor vehicles.
The drive offers plenty of scenic water and forest views, plus plenty of beaches and parks.
There are also quite a few easily accessible trails should you want to stop and stretch your legs (spoiler alert: you will).
This scenic byway officially begins about six miles east of Port Angeles, just off Highway 101.
It ends at the Makah Reservation, which happens to be at the very northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula.
This drive is a real stunning in any season, but it's especially gorgeous in late spring.
While you're almost guaranteed to encounter a drizzle or two, you also might see the sun peeking out from behind the clouds.
If you're the driver, don't worry -- you'll have plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery to the fullest. There are numerous viewpoints along the way as well as parks perfect for pulling over and having a picnic lunch.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway takes about an hour and 45 minutes to drive if you don't stop. However, we highly recommend allowing for a three hour experience (or longer) so you can stop and take it all in.
We hope this inspires you to embark on this magical drive. And if you have a little more time, check out
this route on the Olympic Peninsula.
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Strait Of Juan de Fuca Highway, Strait Of Juan de Fuca Hwy, Port Angeles, WA, USA