Cape Flattery

Cape Flattery featuring rocky coastline, landscape views and a bay or harbor

Cape Flattery

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The most northwestern point in the contiguous United States is a place of breathtaking beauty, with rocky headlands providing dramatic ocean views.

Cape Flattery was named by the explorer James Cook, who first entered these waters in 1778. Today, hikers, eco-tourists and vacationing families come to enjoy the incredible vistas from the contiguous United States’ most northwestern point and to experience the area’s rich marine, bird and plant life.

The groomed Cape Flattery Trail, which is just under a mile (1.2-kilometers) long, provides picturesque views. Make your way through a dense forest of tall Sitka spruce before emerging onto the blustery coast. Stop to enjoy rugged ocean vistas at the five perfectly positioned observation points that sit along an elevated cliff.

Breathe in the sea air and observe choppy waves swirling in the ocean below. Photography enthusiasts should bring a camera since this spot provides beautiful seascapes. Striking geological formations, including sea caves, sea stacks and contoured cliffs, dot the coast. Look for the imposing Fuca Pillar. This is a tall, rectangular rock formation named after the Greek sailor, Juan de Fuca, who explored these waters on behalf of Spain in the 16th century.

Tatoosh Island is also visible from the elevated cliffs. Bring binoculars to view the tall white lighthouse that rises from the isle and guides ships away from the dangerous rocks. The island was named after a Native American chief from the Makah Tribe; the tribe still holds treaty rights to the land.

Climb to the Cape Flattery lookout platform for a great vantage point to see marine mammals below and seabirds overhead. Look for sea otters and sea lions swimming in the kelp beds. From March through May you might even get a glimpse of migratory gray whales that play and feed off this coast.

The Cape Flattery area is part of the Makah Nation. Purchase a recreational use permit to display on nonresident vehicles. These can be picked up at the nearby Makah shops or at the Makah Museum.

Top Hotels Close to Cape Flattery

Curley's Resort & Dive Center
Curley's Resort & Dive Center
2 out of 5
291 Front Street, Sekiu, WA, 98381
The price is $132 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this motel in Sekiu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions Slip Point ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (287 reviews)
"Very close to dock & easy / convenient walk to the water."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Curley's Resort & Dive Center
Eddie Bauer's former Beachfront Cottage
Eddie Bauer's former Beachfront Cottage
Neah Bay, WA
Stay at this vacation home in Neah Bay. Enjoy onsite parking, a garden, and fenced yards. Popular attractions Third Beach and Second Beach are located nearby. ...
Eddie Bauer's former Beachfront Cottage
NEW! Waterfront Sekiu Escape, 9 Mi to Neah Bay
NEW! Waterfront Sekiu Escape, 9 Mi to Neah Bay
Sekiu, WA
Stay at this property in Sekiu. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Shipwreck Point and Cowan Ranch Heritage Area Farm Site ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Great location! Quite and private. Walking along the beach was the plus for this place and it seemed like you had the beach yourself. The place was clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

NEW! Waterfront Sekiu Escape, 9 Mi to Neah Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Van Riper's Resort
Van Riper's Resort
2 out of 5
280 Front Street, Sekiu, WA, 98381
The price is $85 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Eddie Bauer's former Beachfront Cottage
Eddie Bauer's former Beachfront Cottage
Neah Bay, WA
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NEW! Waterfront Sekiu Escape, 9 Mi to Neah Bay
NEW! Waterfront Sekiu Escape, 9 Mi to Neah Bay
Sekiu, WA
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Curley's Resort & Dive Center
Curley's Resort & Dive Center
2 out of 5
291 Front Street, Sekiu, WA, 98381
The price is $132 per night from May 19 to May 20
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Two Beautiful Log Cabins alongside the Sol Duc River!
Two Beautiful Log Cabins alongside the Sol Duc River!
Beaver, WA
Two Beautiful Log Cabins alongside the Sol Duc River!
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