Roosevelt Cabins at Lake Crescent Lodge. Courtesy Lake Crescent Lodge
1. Lake Crescent Lodge
Families come to glacier-carved Lake Crescent to see its famed crystal-clear waters ringed with fragrant conifers. They stay for an enchanting waterfall hike and a night at the historic lakeside lodge. Built in 1916 as a fishing resort, Lake Crescent Lodge retains a relaxed, campy vibe. All of the main lodge’s cozy rooms and cute detached Roosevelt Cabins boast stunning lake views.
Hike in the surrounding temperate rain forest of giant fir and hemlock trees (the trail to the 90-foot Marymere Falls departs right from the lodge), and then relax over dinner in the waterfront dining room. End your evening in a lakeside deck chair and watch the sun set behind Olympic peaks. Rainy days are perfect for family board games beside the lobby’s stone fireplace. Some types of rooms allow pets for a fee.
Details: 416 Lake Crescent Rd., Port Angeles, Olympic Peninsula; 888-896-3818. Lake Crescent Lodge is typically open from May through the end of each year.
Next stop: Lake Quinault Lodge