My Favorite Road Trip: Olympic Peninsula

Honeymoon Escape at Cape Flattery and Forks

Newly married Samantha Preciado and her husband didn’t have a lot of time or extra money when they set off in 2015 from their home in Everett. Read how their “mini-honeymoon” on the Olympic Peninsula turned out.

In 2015, then newly married Samantha Preciado and her husband were in the middle of buying a home, and they didn’t have the time or money to spend on an overseas vacation. So, the newlyweds embarked on a five-day “mini-honeymoon” from Everett to Cape Flattery on the Olympic Peninsula.

Samantha Preciado with husband on the Olympic Peninsula

Samantha Preciado with her husband during their honeymoon on the Olympic Peninsula. Photo couretsy of Samantha Preciado. 

In 2015, then newly married Samantha Preciado and her husband were in the middle of buying a home, and they didn’t have the time or money to spend on an overseas vacation. So, the newlyweds embarked on a five-day “mini-honeymoon” from Everett to Cape Flattery on the Olympic Peninsula.

“It was kind of rushed,” says Preciado, a member travel counselor with AAA Washington. “So, we had to do everything close by.”

At Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States, the two did some hiking, and took in the fresh air and romantic, pastoral views. They stayed on the Makah Tribe Reservation in “cute, tiny cabins” near Neah Bay. They visited shimmering Lake Ozette and Lake Crescent.

In Forks, they did a little sightseeing around the location used for the “Twilight” movie series. They also stopped at the “Twilight” museum to check out some memorabilia from the movie (for those uninitiated, “Twilight” is a fantasy film rooted in vampires and both lust and love).

“The most memorable thing was visiting Forks and going to the museum,” Preciado says. “I’m infatuated with that series.”

Before heading home, the couple stopped in Sequim, where Preciado purchased lavender-scented perfume as a souvenir.

Not only was their honeymoon fun, it was inexpensive, Preciado says. (This allowed for a bigger, more formal wedding and honeymoon in Japan and Thailand in 2016.) Their shared experience on the road also drew them closer.

“A road trip is very intimate,” she says. “You’re one-on-one in a vehicle. You don’t get to escape but you can get a lot of good talking done. I loved the road trip with my husband.”

Read our complete guide to touring the Olympic Peninsula.

–Written by Jake Uitti
–Top photo of Cape Flattery by Khomlyak/AdobeStock

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