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Welcome to Grays Harbor County! There is so much to do here that you'll want to come back again and again!

Recreation and relaxation await in Grays Harbor County this fall

As a tourist to the Pacific Northwest, it's easy to get caught up in doing the typical activities in Seattle. However, there is so much more to do and see here, and one of the places you might overlook (but definitely should not!) is on the water's edge just west of Olympia.

Welcome to Grays Harbor County! Our host Gaard Swanson recently went out there to check out everything this beautiful coastal area has to offer, including the Lake Quinault Rain Forest. He met up with Jim Carlson, who has lived in the area for 50 years, making him the perfect tour guide for Gaard (and yourself as you watch our latest segment here).

Lake Quinault Rain Forest

Let's start where Gaard and Jim started, in the home of some of the tallest trees in the world! The Lake Quinault Rain Forest is known as the Valley Of The Giants because of the number of record-size trees that can be found within it.

It's a national treasure with its unique ecosystem, rushing waterfalls (including the 40-foot Merriman Falls), hundreds of miles of hiking trails, stunning wildlife, and breathtaking views of Mount Olympus, Lake Quinault, old growth forests, wildlife, and so much more.

Lake Quinault

This majestic lake is surrounded by the trees of the rain forest, which is a wondrous scene no matter which season you visit.

There's a 30-mile scenic loop that takes you around the lake for an unforgettable experience, so bring your camera, your dog, your rain gear, and whatever else you need to enjoy a fall day near the water!

Wynoochee Lake

East of Lake Quinault, Wynoochee Lake is surrounded by towering trees, nearby waterfalls, and breathtaking trails. It's a great place for camping, hiking, and world-class salmon fishing.

Lake Quinault Lodge

After all the activities you've been doing, you'll need a place to rest your head at night. Or maybe you just want to relax the whole time with a good book in front of a fireplace. Both objectives are possible at the Lake Quinault Lodge, built in 1926 on the shores of Lake Quinault. This lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places, operates year round, and offers 92 inn-style rooms, delicious dining with lake views, and easy access to the outdoor recreation beyond its doors.

Rain Forest Resort Village

This is another wonderful lakeside property where you can stay in Grays Harbor County. It's home to the largest Sitka spruce in the world, which is over 191 feet tall and 58 feet around. This tree is thought to be over 1000 years old! The village has suites, cabins, and campgrounds, so no matter what your fancy is, you'll find it in the Rain Forest Resort Village.

Don't let this list hold you back because there is SO much to do in Grays Harbor County, including hiking, cycling, crabbing, fishing, bird watching, and paddling! It's the best-kept secret in Washington, and it's time to let that secret out! Grays Harbor County is a truly magical place to visit.