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 in Port Renfrew, this beach cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Port Renfrew Dock and Pacific Gateway Marina. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and Juan de Fuca Trail are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Port Renfrew, this beach lodge is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Pacific Gateway Marina and within 3 mi (5 km) of Port Renfrew Dock and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. Juan de Fuca Trail and San Juan River Estuary Ecological Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated by the ocean, this cabin is 0 mi (0.1 km) from Pacific Gateway Marina and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. San Juan River Estuary Ecological Reserve and Avatar Grove are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated by the ocean, this romantic cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pacific Gateway Marina and Port Renfrew Dock. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and Juan de Fuca Trail are also within 3 mi (5 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 (14 km) away.
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 25 mi (40 km) of Makah Cultural and Research Center, Lake Ozette, and Shi Shi Beach. Cape Flattery Trail and Cape Flattery Lighthouse are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated by the ocean, this romantic vacation home is 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from French Beach Provincial Park and within 25 mi (40 km) of Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery and District of Sooke Municipal Hall. Sooke Region Museum and Pacific Gateway Marina are also within 25 mi (40 km).