You don’t have to travel far from Sea-Tac Airport to begin experiencing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. A short drive down Interstate 5 takes you to the starting point of one of America’s great roads – US 101.
US 101 quickly changes from freeway, to 4-lane highway, to 2-lane byway. For much of its journey north, it travels along the Hood Canal, which connects with Puget Sound. Watch for roadside pull-outs that allow direct access to the water.
This location is one of the first pull-outs you’ll pass, once you reach Hood Canal. If you’re lucky, the sky will be as blue as the water. Of course, this is the Pacific Northwest….
The Road to Hamma Hamma Campground
On a whim, I turned off US 101 headed towards the Hamma Hamma campground. This 2-lane road provided an occasional good view of the mountains, but after a few miles, it didn’t lead to anything interesting, so I turned back.
The Hamma Hamma Campground is right next to the Hamma Hamma River. Where did those blue skies go?
Along Hood Canal, WA
Back along the Hood Canal, the skies were clearer. This scenic turnoff near Brinnon, Washington provided free parking and a great view of the water.
Note: This trip was first published in 2004.