City of Sequim and the Blue Hole

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Sequim, Washington is a hotspot for active retirees.

Dungeness River Bridge

Dungeness River Bridge

Sequim is known for its "blue hole" phenomenon, a product of its location in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. Sequim typically receives less than 15 inches of rain each year, with less than 3 inches accumulation between June and the end of September.

Sequim is generally flat with a few ridges that rise between the town and the cobalt blue waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Sequim Bay. Add to the scenic beauty the trout-and-salmon-filled Dungeness River that slices northward through the landscape west of town. Sequim is nestled just north of the Olympic Mountains that rise up 7000 ft and often remain snow-capped until July. Sequim has so much to offer; you may want to stay for several days!


Visit our Planning and Support pages to learn about how to get here and for specialty needs. The main street of Sequim is Washington St, which runs through town east/west. This main street is bisected by Sequim Ave, which runs south/north. There are grocery stores along both the east and west ends sides of Washington St. In addition, on the west side of town, there is a Costco, Walmart, and Grocery Outlet.

Sequim Holiday Inn Express - Sponsor for the ODT

Sequim Holiday Inn Express - ODT Sponsor

There are many good restaurants including American, Asian, BBQ, and Mexican. Several restaurants feature locally grown organic produce and local seafood. There are also several coffee houses with free WiFi. A listing of restaurants can be found at the Destination Sequim website.

Most of the hotels are located along Washington Street. There are several fine B&Bs on the outskirts of Sequim. Visit the Olympic Peninsula tourism website for the latest lodging information. Click on the first photo below to see a hotel located right on the other side of Washington St. from the ODT route.

On Saturdays, during the summer and into the early fall, there is an excellent farmer's and craft market downtown. Visit the Sequim Open Aire market website for hours and entertainment schedule.


Sequim is home to several lavender farms. In mid-July Sequim hosts the Lavender Festival and Lavender Farm Faire. This busy weekend includes farm tours, live music, and a craft and food fair downtown and at Carrie Blake Park. The Olympic Game Farm, located six miles north of town, provides a home for many exotic and domestic animals. They offer both driving and walking tours of their farm.

New Dungeness Lighthouse

New Dungeness Lighthouse

Further north, the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is home to one of the longest, prettiest sand spits in the US. Activities there include hiking and bird watching. There are equestrian and mountain bike trails in the adjacent Dungeness Recreation Area, and the nearby Dungeness Landing has a boat launch providing access to Dungeness Bay and the Strait for kayakers, crabbers, and fishermen. Downtown Sequim includes one-of-a-kind shops featuring local items. A cooperative gallery, promoting local artists, can be found in the center of town on Washington St.

Side Trips:

From Sequim, it's easy to catch a ferry to Victoria, Canada, or drive into Olympic National Park. Visit the Port Angeles Town page to learn more about access to these locations 18 miles to the west. The Port Townsend Town page offers information about this charming seaport 35 miles to the east.

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Sequim Holiday Inn Express - Sponsor for the ODT Dungeness River Bridge Dungeness River Bridge Horses and the Trail Just East of Sequim Trail in the center of Sequim
Farmlands and Forest Wandering through the forests Many uses for the ODT Dungeness Wildlife Refuge Gray Wolf Trail above Sequim Saturday Open Aire Market - Spring to Fall
Saturday Open Aire Market -Produce, Food, Entertainment New Dungeness Lighthouse Sequim's many local shops