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Explore the Northwest Coast Hwy 112

Head to the most Northwestern tip of the continental US exploring Cape Flattery, walk along Hobuck Beach and visit the internationally-known Makah Museum.

Along Hwy 112 are the communities of Clallam Bay, Sekiu and Neah Bay with spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. Birders will delight in the variety of sea and migratory fowl found in this region, a list of sites and species is available by request or on-line.

Location

Northwest CoastNeah Bay, WA
United States
48° 21' 40.4532" N, 124° 39' 24.2568" W
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Kalaloch Beaches

Scenic ocean shores with easy access are found in the Kalaloch (pronounced clay-lock) area, 15 miles south of the Rain Forest Road on Hwy 101. Beach Trail 4 is a pebble beach with dramatic surf (beware of the strong undertow), tidal pools and is a popular place to dip for smelt (schools of small fish that spawn in the surf in warm, calm weather and can be caught with a large net). Picturesque Ruby Beach with a meandering creek, dramatic sea stacks, and drift logs is named for its sometimes garnet-colored sand. A gold mining operation was located here in the early 1900’s.

Location

Kalaloch Beaches
United States
47° 36' 16.92" N, 124° 22' 15.96" W
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Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse

At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world's longest naturally occurring sandspit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a sanctuary for over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals and eight species of water mammals. Its trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Location

Dungeness Spit and LighthouseSequim, WA, 98382
United States
48° 8' 24.4356" N, 123° 11' 41.874" W
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Miles of Saltwater Shorelines

Clallam and Jefferson Counties combined have over 400 miles of saltwater coastline. The inland waters of the 61-mile glacial fjord of the Hood Canal, the glacier-carved Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit and the wild, rugged Pacific Coast comprise differing habitats and nearly endless opportunities to explore.

Tide pooling, beach hikes and days-long backpacking excursions are a grat way to experience the calming rhythms of waves and tides and the view the wildlife and sea creatures of the tidal zone.

Location

Rialto Beach
United States
48° 13' 14.8224" N, 124° 7' 6.186" W
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Rain Forest Country

When you visit the Rain Forest Country, you are surrounded by wonders of nature. Visit the  temperate Hoh Rain Forest (a World Heritage site), with its huge five hundred year old trees and Elk herds.   There are trails to walk through the forest all beginning near the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Further south visit Lake Quinault Rain Forest and walk the trails. 

Eight Lighthouses on the Olympic Peninsula

Stop along the way and visit some of the historical lighthouses on the Olympic Peninsula.

POINT WILSON
Point Wilson marks the west entrance into the Puget Sound. It is the turning point from the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Admiralty Inlet.

Location

Olympic PeninsulaWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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It's Time for Tidepooling!

Take time to discover and explore the miniature world of tide pools on the Olympic Peninsula's Pacific coastal and Strait of Juan de Fuca beaches. As breezes blow away the morning mist, you'll discover dozens of fascinating tide pools with sea stars and urchins and other critters scurring about in the tide pools.

Location

Ocean BeachesWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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The Extraordinary Shi Shi Beach

Perhaps the most dramatic beach in Washington State.

Shi Shi Beach is located west of Neah Bay. Shi Shi (pronounced shy-shy) was named "best nature beach" by the Travel Channel. It's a day trip you'll remember. Shi Shi is an unspoiled beach and is reached by driving 66 miles from Port Angeles, through ClallamBay-Sekiu and on through Neah Bay, then followed by a 3.3-mile hike. The trip is well worth the time and one can enjoy the scenic beauty of Hwy 112.

Location

Shi Shi BeachWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Rialto Beach - Spectacular sunsets and wild Pacific coast

THE BEACH IS CALLING YOU!

But not just any beach. Come visit awesome Rialto Beach. Not only is Rialto one of the most popular beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, it's also one of the most accessible. Park your car and you are there! So, if the thought of a long hike through rough terrain isn't exactly your idea of a great way to spend a relaxing afteroon, then Rialto is destined to be on the top of your list.

Location

LaPushWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Port Angeles Farmers Market

Saturdays, 10AM - 2PM at Gateway Transit Center year round

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Mid-June through September

Gateway Transit Center tel: 360-460-0361

Location

PA Farmers MarketPort Angeles, WA, 98362
United States
47° 57' 26.0748" N, 123° 23' 36.1932" W
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Makah Cultural Center

The Makah Cultural and Research Center is world famous. Many of the items in the museum are from the "Ozette Dig," which yielded Makah artifacts from a village partially buried in a mudslide in the 1500s. The Ozette archeological collection is the largest pre-contact Northwest Coast Indian collection in the country. Whaling, sealing and fishing gear, basketry and replicas of a 60-foot cedar longhouse and oceangoing canoes are displayed. The center also houses the Makah language program, working to preserve and teach Makah language and culture.

1880 Bay View
Neah Bay, WA 98357

Location

Makah Cultural Center
1880 Bay View
Neah Bay, WA, 98357
United States
48° 22' 3.0504" N, 124° 37' 21.6048" W
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Neah Bay & Cape Flattery

To the west  - Follow Hwy. 112 to Neah Bay and the Makah Indian Reservation where you will find a world-class cultural museum and the best smoked salmon ever!   

West of Neah Bay at the tip of the Olympic Peninsula lies Cape Flattery, the most northwest point in the continental U.S.   Walk the boardwalk to Cape Flattery.  There are amazing views of ocean sea caves, Tatoosh Island's lighthouse and a fantastic marine wildlife viewing spot!  

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Want to get local? These community sites are great resources for finding even more information on local happenings, local businesses and places to stay. Take a look at these sites and plan your trip to the Olympic Peninsula!