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Cape Flattery
Vacation Travel Guide

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

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
The price is $109 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated on the beach, this motel is within 25 mi (40 km) of Makah Cultural and Research Center, Lake Ozette, and Olympic National Park. Cape Alava and Cape ...
3.9/5Very Good! (239 reviews)
"was a very nice place.It overlooked the docks."

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

Curley's Resort & Dive Center
Van Riper's Resort
Van Riper's Resort
2 out of 5
280 Front Street, Sekiu, WA
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Situated in Sekiu, this motel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Slip Point Lighthouse and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cowan Ranch Heritage Area Farm Site. Shipwreck Point is 8.7 ...
4/5Very Good! (138 reviews)
"Great location! Noisy rooms, thin walls."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Van Riper's Resort
H - Motel - 2 Single Beds / Sm. Fridge - Curley's
H - Motel - 2 Single Beds / Sm. Fridge - Curley's
Sekiu, WA
The price is $110 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated in Sekiu, this apartment building is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Slip Point Lighthouse and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cowan Ranch Heritage Area Farm Site. Shipwreck ...
H - Motel - 2 Single Beds / Sm. Fridge - Curley's
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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Best Lodging Options Near Cape Flattery

Curley's Resort & Dive Center
Curley's Resort & Dive Center
2 out of 5
291 Front Street, Sekiu, WA
The price is $109 per night from May 19 to May 19
Curley's Resort & Dive Center
Van Riper's Resort
Van Riper's Resort
2 out of 5
280 Front Street, Sekiu, WA
Van Riper's Resort
H - Motel - 2 Single Beds / Sm. Fridge - Curley's
H - Motel - 2 Single Beds / Sm. Fridge - Curley's
Sekiu, WA
The price is $110 per night from May 19 to May 19
H - Motel - 2 Single Beds / Sm. Fridge - Curley's
A - Motel - Queen Bed/ Kitchenette - Curley's
A - Motel - Queen Bed/ Kitchenette - Curley's
Sekiu, WA
The price is $116 per night from May 19 to May 19
A - Motel - Queen Bed/ Kitchenette - Curley's
B - Cabin - 1 Queen / Oven Kitchen - Curley's
B - Cabin - 1 Queen / Oven Kitchen - Curley's
Sekiu, WA
The price is $121 per night from May 19 to May 19
B - Cabin - 1 Queen / Oven Kitchen - Curley's
F - Motel - 2 Queen / Kitchen - Curley's
F - Motel - 2 Queen / Kitchen - Curley's
Sekiu, WA
The price is $143 per night from May 23 to May 23
F - Motel - 2 Queen / Kitchen - Curley's
G - Motel - 2 Queen / 2 Single / Kitchen - Curley's
G - Motel - 2 Queen / 2 Single / Kitchen - Curley's
Sekiu, WA
The price is $170 per night from May 31 to May 31
G - Motel - 2 Queen / 2 Single / Kitchen - Curley's
D - Motel - 1 Queen / 2 Single / Kitchen - Curley's
D - Motel - 1 Queen / 2 Single / Kitchen - Curley's
Sekiu, WA
The price is $148 per night from May 23 to May 23
D - Motel - 1 Queen / 2 Single / Kitchen - Curley's
E - Motel - 1 Queen / 3 Single / Kitchen - Curley's
E - Motel - 1 Queen / 3 Single / Kitchen - Curley's
Sekiu, WA
The price is $148 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
E - Motel - 1 Queen / 3 Single / Kitchen - Curley's
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.