Visit Sunny Sequim, Washington

Sequim, Washington is located on the Olympic Peninsula a
little over two hours away from Seattle. This small town
provides a friendly atmosphere and is situated in a beautiful
area between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan
de Fuca.

It is often referred to as Sunny Sequim because it sits in a
rain shadow caused by the Olympic Mountains. Because of
this it is one of the driest areas in Western Washington and
averages only around 17 inches of rainfall per year. Combine
this with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and easy
access to hiking trails, campgrounds, lakes and beaches and
you've got a great destination for families who love the great
outdoors.

In August we left 100 degree temperatures in Texas to spend
some time in this beautiful area. We were greeted with
beautiful sunny days in the low 70's, which was ideal for
enjoying this wonderful area.
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Those who like to shop will enjoy the charming downtown area, which features many boutiques and art
galleries. Sequim has a rich agricultural heritage and is known for its organic fruits and vegetables. It is also
highly recognized for the fragrant purple lavender herb that grows throughout the valley.

If you love outdoor adventure then you will love the area, as it has so much to offer. Hike, bike, camp,  boat,
kayak, golf, visit the beach, or observe a wide range of birds and wildlife. In fact, when entering Sequim from
the east you will notice an elk on the sign welcoming you to Sequim. Keep your eyes open and you may just
catch a glimpse of the Sequim elk herd which consists of about 70 Roosevelt elk. They sometimes graze on
the southeastern slopes of the town.

There is so much to see and do here, but if you are looking for a few recommendations, then here are some
fun things to do while visiting the area.

Dungeness Spit and Lighthouse
If you enjoy the beach and love beautiful mountain views, then you will love this area. Located a little north of
Sequim, the
Dungeness Spit, is just a short hike from the entrance to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.
The hike is on a paved trail that takes you through a beautiful forest and winds its way down a hill to the
beach. There is a scenic overlook before you go down the hill that has a nice view of the Spit and gives you a
good glimpse of the lighthouse with Mount Baker in the background. One of the things that I like about this
area is that you can have fun just spending a couple hours exploring the beach or make an entire day of it
and take the trek all the way out to the lighthouse. Be sure and click on the link above for more details.
Picking Berries at Graysmarsh Farm
Graysmarsh Farm rests on the rich soil of the Sequim Prairie below the Olympic Mountains, next to the Strait
of Juan de Fuca. They grow lavender and a wide range of berries on their 1000 acre farm. They grow
strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, boysenberries and much more. Be sure and
check their website for the different seasons for each type of berry.

If you have never picked berries before, this is a fun family outing for both kids and adults. We had a great
time tasting the raspberries and blueberries as we picked them during our visit in August.
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Dungeness Lighthouse and Mount Baker
map of Dungeness Spit
Dungeness River Audubon Center and Railroad Bridge Park
The Railroad Bridge Park is located at the site of a historic railroad trestle that crosses the Dungeness River.
The trestle has been converted into a planked bridge and is part of the Olympic Discovery Trail that goes all
the way to Port Angeles. The view from the bridge allows you to survey the area and its not uncommon to see
deer running under the bridge and along the river. Dungeness River is very picturesque, with clear refreshing
water and an abundance of large river rocks. It is a great area to explore! Just off the paved trail that leads to
the bridge is a picnic shelter, and from there you can take an easy dirt trail down to the river. Its a great place
to take in the scenery, have a rock skipping contest, and have fun laughing and relaxing with your family.

After you've enjoyed some hiking and exploring along the river be sure and stop by the Audubon Center.
They've got a great deal of information about the area and many different types of birds and animals on
display. There is also a nice little gift shop where you can purchase an ice cream treat.
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Graysmarsh Farms
Berry picking sign
Washington State has many beautiful, unspoiled areas. The Olympic Peninsula is particularly magnificent
offers some small-town charm and is a great place to visit and take in some of the nearby attractions, and its a
nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Seattle area. Hopefully, this gives you some ideas of some fun
things to do if you are ever in the area. Have fun planning your next family vacation!