Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Information section includes Visitor Maps, Featured Places, Discovery Center, Things To Do, and Visitor Links
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Information section includes Visitor Maps, Featured Places, Discovery Center, Things To Do, and Visitor Links
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Information section includes Visitor Maps, Featured Places, Discovery Center, Things To Do, and Visitor Links Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Information section includes Visitor Maps, Featured Places, Discovery Center, Things To Do, and Visitor Links

Driving Directions

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary borders 135 miles of the rugged coastline of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. In general, it is located about 150 miles west of Puget Sound cities of Seattle and Tacoma. Driving may involve ferry crossings of Puget Sound. Highway access is generally two-lane highway and is subject to heavy seasonal traffic. Weather conditions, distances and isolations are all major factors of highway safety.

Because it is a frequent arrival point for visitors and it is centrally located between Seattle and Tacoma, Sea Tac Airport is used as a regional starting point.

Please note that our staff office and Discovery Center are located in Port Angeles, which is not within the sanctuary itself.

Directions are given both for reaching Port Angeles, and for visiting sanctuary destinations along the coast.


SeaTac Airport to Port Angeles
125 miles/2.5 hours

-Follow directions to I-5 South (toward Portland)
-At exit 132, turn RIGHT onto SR 16 (toward Gig Harbor, Bremerton)
-Cross Tacoma Narrows Bridge
-Road changes name to SR 3, follow directions to Hood Canal Bridge
-Turn LEFT, cross Hood Canal Bridge on SR 104
-At junction with SR 101, merge and continue north and west
-Bypass Sequim, continue west on SR 101, follow signs to Port Angeles.


Sea Tac Airport to Aberdeen
99 miles/1 hr 45 mins

-Follow directions to I-5 south (toward Portland)
-At exit 104, turn RIGHT onto Ramp (US-101 / Aberdeen / Port Angeles)
-Road name changes to US-101
-Keep LEFT onto SR-8 (Montesano / Aberdeen)
-Road name changes to US-12
-Keep STRAIGHT onto US-101


Port Angeles to Forks
55 miles/ 1 hr 10 minutes

-From the Port Angeles waterfront, drive south (uphill) on Lincoln Street
-At top of hill, Lincoln Street becomes SR 101
-Continue west to the town of Forks


Port Angeles to Neah Bay
74 miles/ 1 hr 55 minutes

-From the Port Angeles waterfront, drive south (uphill) on Lincoln Street
-At top of hill, Lincoln Street becomes SR-101
-Continue west toward Forks
-At junction with SR-113 (Sappho), turn RIGHT and continue north
-SR-113 becomes SR 112 after 10 miles and leads to Clallam Bay
-Continue on SR-112 northwest toward Sekiu and Neah Bay
-For an alternate - albeit scenic and windy route - turn RIGHT on SR-112 approximately 6 miles from Port Angeles and follow the signs to Neah Bay


Port Angeles to La Push
69 miles/ 1 hr 30 minutes

-From the Port Angeles waterfront, drive south (uphill) on Lincoln Street
-At top of hill, Lincoln Street becomes SR 101
-Continue west toward Forks
-At juntion SR 110, turn RIGHT toward Mora/La Push
-At the next junction,Three Rivers, continue STRAIGHT for La Push or go RIGHT for Mora and Rialto Beach


Port Angeles to Kalaloch
92 miles/ 1 hr 50 minutes

-From the Port Angeles waterfront, drive south (uphill) on Lincoln Street
-At top of hill, Lincoln Street becomes SR 101
-Continue west toward Forks
-Drive south 34 miles to Kalaloch


Port Angeles to Aberdeen
190 miles/ 3 hr 40 minutes

-From the Port Angeles waterfront, drive south (uphill) on Lincoln Street
-At top of hill, Lincoln Street becomes SR 101
-Continue west and south toward Kalaloch
-From Kalaloch, SR-101 goes southwest through Quinault Indian Reservation
-Stay on SR-101 to Hoquiam; Aberdeen is 4 miles past Hoquiam


Aberdeen to Kalaloch
68 miles/ 1 hour 30 minutes

-Depart Aberdeen heading toward Hoquiam
-Follow SR-101 north to Kalaloch


Aberdeen to Pacific Beach
36 miles/ 50 minutes

-Drive west through Aberdeen to Hoquiam
-Follow signs for SR-109 toward Ocean Shores -Go north past Ocean Shores to Pacific Beach


Aberdeen to Forks
102 miles/ 2 hr 10 minutes

-Follow signs to Hoquiam
-Stay on SR-101 north to Forks


Aberdeen to Neah Bay
155 miles/ 3 hr 30 minutes

-Follow signs to Hoquiam
-Stay on SR-101 north to Forks, then west toward Port Angeles
-Turn LEFT at Junction SR-113 (Sappho)
-SR-113 becomes SR-112
-Continue north toward Clallam Bay
-Bear LEFT and continue on SR-112 west to Sekiu and Neah Bay



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