Sequim is a vibrant small town located along the Olympic Peninsula, and it happens to be one of the driest cities in western Washington. Outdoor enthusiasts, seafood lovers and people who have a passion for everything lavender should definitely put Sequim on their list. There are so many adventures to be had year-round in this little town and surrounding areas.

Where to Stay

Accommodations are a plenty in Sequim from bed & breakfasts, hotels and motels, vacation rentals, inns, RV parks and camping. From state parks to privately owned properties, there is a budget for everyone. For the RV traveler looking for all the bells and whistles, Gilgal Oasis RV Park is a wonderful choice — clean beautiful spaces, wifi, a clubhouse and the vibrant downtown Sequim is only a 10-minute walk away. Looking to stay in a more natural setting? Dungeness County Park located near the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is truly a nature lover’s choice. Outdoor adventure awaits right outside your door, or tent.

Camping not your thing? No problem. The Juan De Fuca Waterfront Resort offers beautiful waterfront lodging for the savvy traveler. They even offer kayak, bike and snowshoe rentals so you can be sure to take part in some outdoor adventure even if you didn’t go prepared.

Dungeness Recreation Area park sign surrounded by vegetation
lavender in bloom in Sequim

Things to Do

Aside from enjoying the charming little shops and restaurants in downtown Sequim, take a short drive to an amazing drive-thru zoo at Olympic Game Farm. Travelers of all ages are sure to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience.

Visit one of the many local lavender and u-pick berry farms to enjoy the fresh air. Then, plan a hike along the Dungeness Spit Trail to enjoy beautiful coastal views and look for waterfowl and seabirds. The trail is about 11 miles long, however, you can enjoy it at your leisure and turn back at any time.

Zebra seen through vehicle window
Buffalo seen through vehicle window
Buck seen through vehicle window

Activities Near Sequim

If you’re planning on visiting during the month of October, be sure to take part in the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival in Port Angeles. It’s a big event that is held annually and offers an amazing chance to taste some of the local restaurants’ best seafood dishes as well. The event normally takes place in the beginning of October, but be sure to check the website for dates to plan accordingly. You can also visit Victoria, B.C. from Port Angeles via ferry if you’re up for it. Daily sailings are available and reservations are recommended so keep that in mind.

If you enjoy the arts culture and appreciate towns with deep maritime history, you will enjoy Port Townsend. Located less than an hour from Sequim, Port Townsend is a little charming Victorian village by the sea with world-class restaurants. Antique lover? Don’t forget to pop in to Port Townsend Antique Mall.

man on dock looking at boat and open water
People walking on wood trail through Cape Flattery
Cape Flattery water and rocks

Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge is also nearby and worth a visit for beautiful views of the Cascade Range as well as the beautiful Lake Crescent and the historic Lake Crescent Lodge. There are many hiking options at both locations so be sure to grab a map from the ranger upon entering the park or stop by the park’s visitor center.

If you’re up for a longer drive, Washington’s beautiful Cape Flattery trail is a little over two hours away and will not disappoint. A Makah Trip Recreation Pass is required to park at the trailhead so be sure to pick up such permit at the locations listed here. Whether staying in town for the whole weekend or traveling around the outskirts, it’s sure to be a great spot to add to your travel list!