Olympic Peninsula Stats and Fun Facts
- Port Townsend is one of only three registered Victorian Seaports in the United States.
- Port Townsend was settled on April 24, 1851
- The Dungeness Spit is 7 miles long, the world's longest natural sandspit.
- The 216 acre Dungeness Recreation Area was supposed to be a communications center after World War II.
- 3.6 million people visit Olympic National Park each year.
- Hurricane Ridge is the furthest west ski area in the contiguous U.S. and one of only 2 ski areas in the U.S. located in a National Park.
- Salt Creek Recreation Area was the site of a World War II military installation.
- The Olympic Peninsula is home to one of the few temperate rain forests in the world.
- Spanish explorer Salvador Fidalgo established the first European settlement in Washington, Nunez Genoa, a short-lived fort at Neah Bay, in May 1792.
- At the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Cape Flattery is the most northwestern point in the contiguous U.S.
- In 1792, Spain established the first non-Indian settlement in Washington at Neah Bay.
And, yes, it is the region of Forks, home of the Twilight series--we'll be stopping by there for sure!
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