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A Waterfront Inn on Washington's Olympic Peninsula

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Day 3: Neah Bay and Cape Flattery

Travel along the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery. Hike to Shi Shi Beach or glide a kayak into Freshwater Bay.

Recommended day trip:
Neah Bay and Cape Flattery (two hours from Sea Cliff Gardens)
Hike to famous Shi Shi Beach (trailhead is 30 minutes from
  Cape Flattery)
Kayak on Freshwater Bay (1 hour from Cape Flattery trailhead)

Drive to Cape Flattery - 3 Hours from Sea Cliff Gardens
Cape Flattery
photo by Tom Woltjer

Reasons to go:

  • To see the farthest northwest point in the continental United States
    A fascinating three-quarter-mile boardwalk trail through the forest and along incredible seaside terrain
  • Amazing sea caves and tidal pools
    A spectacular vista at the end of the trail, which includes forbidden Tatoosh Island, Cape Flattery Lighthouse, and sea mammals – such as otters, sea lions, dolphins, seals, and whales
  • Makah Museum, which displays thousands of artifacts unearthed from a 500-year-old Native American fishing village

Shi Shi Beach  - 30 minutes to trailhead
Shi Shi Beach

Reasons to go:

  • Shi Shi is the northernmost beach of the Olympic National Park, and the purest stretch of coastline in the Pacific Northwest. It is a two-mile, crescent-shaped strip of sand framed by the Point of Arches—a glorious headland of sea stacks, jagged rocks and captivating arches.

    Not for the faint of heart, the first mile of the 3.3-mile trail winds through forest and bogs via cedar-planked boardwalks and bridges. The next piece of trail gives way to muddy terrain. Once you reach the boundary of the Olympic National Park, the only thing between you and Shi Shi beach is a steep trail down a 150-foot bluff. Brace your knees.

    When you emerge into the raw wilderness of this spectacular beach, where dunes and bluffs hem the sandy shoreline, and giant logs dance in the thundering breakers, take a deep breath and enjoy. Just remember that you must eventually hike back.

Freshwater Bay  - 2	Hours from Cape Flattery Trailhead
Freshwater Bay
photo by John Gussman

Reasons to go:

  • Rugged, cliff-lined coast offers stunning views
  • For birders, Freshwater Bay is home to aucklets, common loons, cormorants, surf scoters, pigeon guillemonts, harlequins, marbled murrelets, bald eagles, muerres, phaloropes, and more

More information:

Unless you brought your kayak along, call for advance reservations:
(360) 417-3015 or (888) 900-3015
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