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SeaTac to Seattle via the Olympic Peninsula - February 23, 2010

After arriving in SeaTac around noon, there was a bit of time for exploring before going into Seattle. I decided to take a 200+ mile loop onto the Olympic Peninsula to visit some places I had never been before.

Near the airport, heading to I-5 to start the trip. [Larger: 1744x1308]

And onto I-5. [Crop/Zoom: 913x917]

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Into Tacoma on I-5. [Crop/Zoom: 802x437]

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Coming up on 101. [Crop/Zoom: 894x434]

It's the "northern" terminus of US 101 in Olympia. [Crop/Zoom: 799x625]

So I will take US 101 North. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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It's the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. [Crop/Zoom: 349x391]

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US 101 cuts due north along the peninsula. [Crop/Zoom: 901x427]

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Since much of US 101 here is a 2-lane winding road, there are turnouts for slow vehicles to allow traffic to pass. [Crop/Zoom: 552x309]

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Into Hoodsport. [Crop/Zoom: 592x309]

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Hoodsport. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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Then it's Holiday Beach. [Crop/Zoom: 848x345]

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The route is right along the Hood Canal for much of this stretch, with steep slopes just off to the left. [Larger: 1744x1308]

Next town is Lilliwaup. [Crop/Zoom: 483x286]

But I didn't get any decent pictures. [Larger: 1744x1308]

Eldon. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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Many of the bridges through here are mossy. [Larger: 1744x1308]

The rain picked up north of there. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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Since late February isn't prime tourist season, most of the turnoffs and other facilities were close - such as this scenic viewpoint. [Larger: 1744x1308]

Entering Quilcene. [Crop/Zoom: 617x404]

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North of Quilcene, things dried out, and by the looks of the vegetation, it's a drier area than down along the water. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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This is my limit for US 101 for now. Time to turn back toward Seattle. [Crop/Zoom: 911x806]

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This led to the Hood Canal Bridge. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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And then onto Washington 3 South. [Crop/Zoom: 802x716]

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And then 16 toward Tacoma Narrows. [Crop/Zoom: 1400x322]

There's the Tacoma Narrows bridge. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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Lots of construction at the WA 16/I-5 junction in Tacoma. [Larger: 1744x1308]

Time for a short trip into Tacoma on I-705. [Crop/Zoom: 3024x865]

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Coming into Tacoma. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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And now a short tour of Tacoma. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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Very short - time to get back to I-5 then find some dinner. [Larger: 1744x1308]

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