Sequim Washington is located on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula. Nestled at the foot of the Olympic Mountains, this little town packs a big punch for outdoor enthusiasts and leisure travelers alike.
The Dungeness Spit/National Wildlife Refuge is a favorite spot for hikers, birders and wildlife enthusiasts. This 5.5-mile long spit of land stretches into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is the longest natural spit in the US. The spit is home to over 250 types of birds, 41 species of land mammals and 8 species of marine mammals.
The Dungeness Lighthouse, near the tip of the spit, has been in continuous operation since 1857. Hike to the lighthouse for a free tour, but be sure to time your trip to avoid high tide. Stay at the Dungeness Barn House B & B for a view of the Dungeness Spit and lighthouse.
The Olympic Discovery Trail runs along Sequim Bay through downtown Sequim. This 120-mile trail includes 40 paved miles and stretches the length of the Olympic Peninsula. From the trail, bikers can easily access the Dungeness Spit as well as the Olympic Game Farm. Greenhouse Inn by The Bay is a great home base for your travels along the Olympic Discovery Trail and Sequim.
Take heed when you enter Sequim. Warning signs and flashing lights warn of elk in the area. Slow down and keep your eyes open. Sequim is home to a herd of over 100 Roosevelt Elk, named by Teddy Roosevelt when he visited the area.
Food, Culture and Lavender
Located in a “rain shadow”, Sequim is the perfect spot for growing lavender. Each year the Sequim Lavender Weekend celebrates all things lavender. Farm tours, a street festival and a variety of community events are all part of this celebration the 3rd weekend of July. .
As the cultural center of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, Sequim WA offers a variety of shops, galleries and restaurants. Downtown Sequim features a number of locally owned shops and eateries, all offering local products, arts and crafts and gift items. Whether you are craving Thai food, small plates or fresh seafood, you can find the perfect dining choice in Sequim. Several restaurants are located on the Olympic Culinary Loop. This loop features restaurants and local chefs committed to serving the fruits of the Peninsula and creating a unique Olympic Coast Cuisine.
Relax and experience luxury at Lost Mountain Lodge. This tranquil spot has beautiful gardens and ponds and the chance to view a variety of local wildlife.
Sequim Weather and Getting There
Sequim weather is mild. With the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, Sequim is protected from much of the rainy weather Washington state is know for.
The average summertime daytime high is 70 degrees and the lows at night hover in the mid-50s. In the winter day time highs are in the high 40s and the lows are in the mid-30s at night. Sequim averages only 16 inches of rain per year, with around ½ an inch per month in the summer.
Sequim is located on US-101 N, about 2.5 hours from Seattle. Travel from Seattle to the peninsula will involve a ferry ride, either the Bainbridge Island Ferry from downtown or the Edmonds-Kingston ferry located north of the city.
Things to Do In Sequim
- Sequim Lavender Festival
- Railroad Bridge Park
- Olympic Game Farm
- Sequim Farmers Market
- Find the Roosevelt Elk
Hike, Bike and Walk
- Olympic Discovery Trail
- Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refugee
- Olympic National Park