If you want accommodation that's a little more comfortable then Port Angeles and Forks are the two main towns where you'll find somewhere to stay. Both of them have a choice of hotels and motels in all price ranges, including several of the well-known national chains.
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For somewhere with a little more character to it, take a look at these rustic lodges which are all in beautiful locations within the Olympic National Park itself:
Views of the Pacific Ocean from the five rooms in the main lodge building, and the 20 comfortable cabins. There's a bar and a restaurant, serving local sea food and both with unspoilt ocean views. To provide that genuine 'get away from it all' feeling, the rooms do not have phones or TVs.
Lake Crescent Lodge
Standing in the middle of the forest beneath Mount Storm King, the Lake Crescent Lodge dates back to 1916. One of their cottages is named after President Roosevelt, the man who declared the area to be a National Monument in 1909, which led to it later becoming a National Park. The restaurant overlooks the lake and serves local seafood from a classy menu, and you'd be advised to book a table.
Lake Quinault Lodge
The Lake Quinault Lodge is within the Olympic National Forest and stands right on one of its beautiful glacial lakes. There are 92 rooms and facilities include an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, a wonderful lounge with a huge brick fireplace, a bar and a gourmet restaurant.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Near the Sol Duc Falls and the Sol Duc River, the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort has, not surprisingly, its own hot mineral springs for guests to enjoy. It's surrounded by rain forest and mountains, and is only an hour west of Port Angeles.
Accommodation is in comfortable rustic cabins, with an on-site RV Park with 17 hookups. There's no tent camping right on the Resort, but there is a campsite nearby. As well as the springs themselves, you can enjoy a massage, and there's a restaurant, poolside deli, and an Espresso Hut.
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The Napa Wine Country Inn and Gardens in St Helena, Napa Valley, overlooks a vineyard and has free wine tastings every evening, and offers guests help with booking wine tours.
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La Jolla in southern California is north of San Diego off the Pacific Coast Highway and has museums, good shopping, restaurants, hotels, beaches, wildlife, and the wonderful Birch Aquarium.
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Cambria on California’s Central Coast is a good stop on the Pacific Coast Highway, with hotels and restaurants, and close to Hearst Castle and the Piedras Blancas Beach to see elephant seals
To help you in choosing your Pacific Coast Highway hotel, guesthouse, inn, bed-and-breakfast, resort, motel or other accommodations, we've prepared our Pacific Coast Highway Hotels Guide. In it we do mini-reviews of accommodations along the Highway, from Seattle to San Diego, through Washington, Oregon, and California.
In all there are over 200 hotels listed, complete with 8 pages of color maps showing the towns where our recommended hotels can be found. There are both alphabetical and geographical indexes, helping you plan your journey.
We also include color photos of all the hotels that are our Personal Favorites. Here's the link to read more about our ebook guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels.
The 2016 edition of our Hotels Guide is available with maps and color photos (if you have a color reader) in the US Kindle Store for only $4.99 and in the UK Kindle Store and other Kindle stores worldwide at prices based on the US price.
If you want a paperback edition of the 2016 guide with only black and white photos and black-and-white maps, it costs $6.99 at the US Amazon Book Store and £4.99 in the UK Amazon Store.