- The sunny dry climate in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley is similar to the south of France, making Sequim one of the best places in the country to grow lavender.
- Stretching into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit measures 5.5 miles and is the longest natural sand spit in the nation.
- Sequim is situated right in the center of the Olympic Discovery Trail, a 120-mile trail that stretches from Port Townsend to Port Angeles across the Olympic Peninsula.
ABOUT THE AREA
Sequim is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking through pristine forests and along the nation’s longest natural sand spit, golfing at our distinct golf courses, biking along the Olympic Discovery Trail, fishing in fresh or saltwater and visiting our local berry and lavender farms are just a few of the ideas for your visit to Sequim. You’ll find activities and interests for all members of your party. The toughest decision will be what to do first.
Sequim, Lavender Capital of North America®, is known for its beautiful lavender farms and quality lavender products. The sunny dry climate in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley is similar to the south of France, making Sequim one of the best places in the country to grow this beautiful, fragrant herb. For more than two decades, Sequim and the surrounding Dungeness Valley have been internationally recognized as the premier growers of lavender. Family owned farms are prized for the special attention they give to growing the finest lavender in the country.
DUNGENESS SPIT AND NEW DUNGENESS LIGHTHOUSE
Stretching into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Spit measures 5.5 miles and is the longest natural sand spit in the nation. The Dungeness Spit is part of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for wildlife. These calm waters and tide flats are rich in marine life and provide protection from winds and pounding surf. They provide a place to rest and a source of food to a large variety of wildlife so remember your binoculars. More than 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals, and eight species of marine mammals have been recorded at the refuge including several that are threatened or endangered.
At the tip of the spit sits the New Dungeness Lighthouse, one of the oldest in the Northwest, operating continuously since 1857. Although the last lighthouse keeper was withdrawn in 1994, the lighthouse is maintained by the New Dungeness Chapter of the United Lighthouse Society. Tours are available. Check the tide reports before you leave for the hike, as high tides can make it difficult to reach the tip.
OLYMPIC DISCOVERY TRAIL
Sequim is situated right in the center of the Olympic Discovery Trail, a 120-mile trail that stretches from Port Townsend to Port Angeles across the Olympic Peninsula. Currently, 40 miles of the trail are paved connecting the path from just east of Sequim to Port Angeles. Perfect for walking and bicycling, the trail will take you through beautiful, scenic areas including along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and through the historic Railroad Bridge Park. There are abundant rest stops, picnic areas, and opportunities to stop at local attractions including the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge Area and the Olympic Game Farm.