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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.
Situated on the beach, this romantic campground is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sooes Beach, Shi Shi Beach, and Hobuck Beach. Point of Arches and Neah Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).
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 mi (13.9 km) away.
Situated on the beach, this motel is 17.3 mi (27.8 km) from Makah Cultural and Research Center and within 32 mi (52 km) of Lake Ozette and Cape Flattery Trail. Cape Flattery Lighthouse and Shi Shi Beach are also within 32 mi (52 km).
This Clallam Bay vacation home is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Slip Point Lighthouse, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Shipwreck Point and Cowan Ranch Heritage Area Farm Site. Third Beach and Second Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Beaver, this vacation home is 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Forks Timber Museum and within 20 mi (32 km) of Lake Crescent and Bogachiel State Park. Rialto Beach and Slip Point Lighthouse are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this cabin is 11.9 mi (19.1 km) from Forks Timber Museum and within 20 mi (32 km) of Lake Crescent and Bogachiel State Park. Rialto Beach and Slip Point Lighthouse are also within 25 mi (40 km).