If you’re looking for a remote and beautiful destination that allows you to get away from the crowds, here is a great option. Cape Flattery is located on the Olympic Peninsula at the furthest northwestern point of the contiguous United States, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific Ocean. The location is within the Makah Reservation and it is the northern boundary of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
The edge of Cape Flattery is easy to reach with a short hike along a winding boardwalk trail that was built by the Makah community. The trail leads to four observation decks which provide spectacular views of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Tatoosh Island with the Cape Flattery Lighthouse. Picnic tables are provided near the observation decks, but the area is minimally maintained, so you are required to pack-in and pack-out anything you bring with you.
The trail is free to hike, but a $10 Makah Recreation Use Permit must be purchased for all activities within the reservation and it must be displayed in the window of your vehicle. Permits can be purchased at the following locations: