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Cape Flattery

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.


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Van Riper's Resort $80
Reviewed on May 4, 2019
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Van Riper's Resort

Van Riper's Resort

280 Front Street, Sekiu, WA
     
    4.1 of 5
    2.0 out of 5.0

    We stayed here after hiking out to Cape Alava. As you can see by the pictures the property is small - which was great with us as we only needed a bed and shower. Lots of fisherman were staying at the resort. There is a Cafe up the road that we had dinner at - the Fish and Chips were delicious. We ...

    Curley's Resort & Dive Center $70
    Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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    Curley's Resort & Dive Center

    Curley's Resort & Dive Center

    291 Front Street, Sekiu, WA
       
      3.9 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Ultra basic, but clean and comfortable. Needed a bed for the night, and that is what I got. Twenty hummingbirds at the feeders next to the office!

      Stay at the Best Olympic Peninsula Ocean Beach Retreat!
      Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018
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      Stay at the Best Olympic Peninsula Ocean Beach Retreat!

      Stay at the Best Olympic Peninsula Ocean Beach Retreat!

      Clallam Bay, WA
         
        5.0 of 5
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        You can't get any closer to the beach than this place! We loved it.

        Forks & Twilighters Getaway at the Edge of Solduc River.. Bike, Hike, Walk, Fish
        Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018
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        Forks & Twilighters Getaway at the Edge of Solduc River.. Bike, Hike, Walk, Fish

        Forks & Twilighters Getaway at the Edge of Solduc River.. Bike, Hike, Walk, Fish

        Forks, WA
           
          4.8 of 5
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          We really enjoyed our stay. Good set-up, clean, quiet. Nice place to relax as well as a good base to explore the area. Very responsive host. Upper bedroom is loft-style.

          Two Beautiful Log Cabins Alongside the Sol Duc River!
          Reviewed on Oct 15, 2018
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          Two Beautiful Log Cabins Alongside the Sol Duc River!

          Two Beautiful Log Cabins Alongside the Sol Duc River!

          Beaver, WA
             
            5.0 of 5
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            Beautiful cabins and property! Our stay was wonderful, very clean and comfortable. Everything was in place. Also, appreciated all the thoughtful details. Would love to come back. Thank you to the cabin owners!!!!