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Vacation in Sequim - Washington

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Area Overview

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.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

The City of Sequim is the cultural center for the Sequim-Dungeness Valley offering a wide range of shopping resources, restaurants, and activities. While you're visiting be sure to explore Sequim's charming downtown full of locally owned shops, catch a live theatre performance at Olympic Theatre Arts, and enjoy a meal at one of our fine restaurants. If you're visiting over the weekend, from May through October the Sequim Farmer's Market features the best of local produce, floral and handcrafts. And don't miss one of our famous festivals including the Sequim Irrigation Festival, the longest running festival in the State of Washington, and Sequim Lavender Weekend, the nations premier lavender celebration. Our region also boasts several special events throughout the year like the Wine and Chocolate Tour, the Wine and Cheese Tour, Clallam County Farm Tour, The Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire, The Sequim Historic Walking Tour, the North Olympic Discovery Marathon, the Tour de Lavender bike tour and The Fiber Arts Festival. Sequim is also home to daily wine-tasting, alpaca-visiting, calf-petting, zebra-and-grizzly bear-feeding, organic-veggie-growing and other fun events and activities for all ages.

You can easily take day-trips from Sequim to the second-deepest lake in Washington (Lake Crescent, which also hosts a Historic Lodge visited by the likes of President Franklin D. Roosevelt), to natural hot springs (Olympic Hot Springs and Sol Duc Hot Springs), to the "American Alps" (Hurricane Ridge) where you can cross country ski, downhill ski, sled, snowboard, snowshoe and back country ski in the winter, and take in wildlife, wildflowers, and day-hikes on groomed trails in the spring and summer.

Cultural Activities

Sequim is home to many artists of all sorts. You can experience fine art at the Blue Whole Gallery which is a 19 year old cooperative art gallery which brings together more than 35 well-known and emerging Northwest artists. You can experience performing arts by budding ballet students who perform at least one ballet a year, as well as a well-rounded program of plays and musicals at the local theatre throughout the year. Sequim is a canvas for several art & craft fairs including the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair in May, the Dyefeltorspin Festival in June, the Fiber Arts Festival in October, as well as the monthly First Friday Art Walk of Sequim on the first Friday of each month throughout the year.

Music is celebrated in Sequim during the summer Music In the Park program, at the


Sequim is nestled between the foot of north end of the Olympic Mountain Range and at the coast of the Straights of Juan de Fuca. Our area is a great hub to access the many rivers, lakes and hiking trails of the Olympic National Park, The Olympic National Forest, the National Wildlife Sanctuary, State Parks system, Hoh Rain Forest, the natural hot springs of Olympic Hot Springs and Sol Duc Hot Springs and the most North-Western point of the contiguous United States (Cape Flattery). The Olympic Peninsula is home of the Jamestown S'Klallam, Elwah and Makah Tribes.

Sequim is the Lavender Capitol(R) of North America and is in the rain-shadow of the Olympic Mountain Range which means that we get the benefit of the green foliage of the Pacific Northwest without the significant rainfall. Many farms find success in Sequim due to the amazing growing conditions, which was the impetus for the invention of the Sequim irrigation system which has irrigated the Sequim Prairie by diverting Dungeness River water via gravity-driven ditches since 1896, which is still celebrated today with the longest running Washington festival, the Irrigation Festival.


Sequim is best reached by driving whether it be via a rental car, a shuttle or your personal car. However, the wonderful thing about driving to Sequim is that we are part of what is called the "Olympic Peninsula Loop" which is a wonderful driving trip that goes from the Seattle metropolitan area through the Olympic Peninsula and looping south through several counties and terrains to complete a loop back in the greater Seattle area.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  29.2  37.1  45.1  1.9 "
 February  31.0  39.5  48.1  1.5 "
 March  32.7  42.1  51.6  1.2 "
 April  36.1  46.0  55.8  1.0 "
 May  41.9  51.6  61.3  1.2 "
 June  46.4  55.6  64.8  1.0 "
 July  49.2  59.2  69.2  0.7 "
 August  49.2  59.4  69.5  0.7 "
 September  43.8  54.6  65.4  0.8 "
 October  37.5  47.6  57.8  1.3 "
 November  33.2  41.8  50.4  2.6 "
 December  30.3  37.9  45.5  2.3 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and spring.

"The Sequim Blue Hole" is what locals refer to when they are asked about Sequim’s average rainfall of less than 20” per year. Sequim rainfall is impacted by the near-by Olympic Mountains where rainfall reaches 200 inches annually (in what is known as the Hoh Rain Forest) which leaves the air wrung "dry" by the time it reaches Sequim.

Sequim's rainfall (17" annually) is closer to both Los Angeles, CA (14.74” annually) and San Francisco, CA (17.54” annually) in total rainfall than to other areas in the Pacific Northwest such as Seattle, WA (34.10” annually) or Portland, OR (39.14” annually); further establishing Sequim as a pleasant and moderate climate in which to live and vacation.

Sequim’s Blue Hole is also referred to as a banana belt or rain shadow. A banana belt is a geographic region that enjoys warmer weather conditions than the region surrounding it, especially in the wintertime. A rain shadow is a region having little rainfall because it is sheltered from prevailing rain-bearing winds by a range of hills.


You will find every type of accommodation imaginable in the Sequim area from rustic cabins, to time-share condos and everything in between. Many people find the variety of Bed & Breakfasts' in the area to suit their needs, while others prefer to tent camp or RV camp. Sequim also has a variety of motels both remote and in town.


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