Sequim, Washington sits 66 miles west of Seattle in Clallam County on the Olympic Peninsula. Although there’s only three incorporated cities in Clallam County, sometimes Sequim gets overlooked. Unlike Port Angeles, it is not the county seat. Unlike Forks, it wasn’t the real-life setting of the fictional Twilight series. Yet, Sequim is well-known for something equally unique. Often called, America’s Provence, Sequim is famous for its lavender fields. Annually, there’s even a Lavender Festival that brings visitors and residents together over the aromatic flower.
Pronounced “skwim,” the city is full of unexpected surprises. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim averages only 16 inches of precipitation per year. (That’s close to Los Angeles’s annual average of 15 inches of precipitation.)
With a population of 6,606, Sequim is located in one of the more scenic Washington areas, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, near the Olympic Mountains, and a few hours from the Pacific Ocean. Unsurprisingly, Sequim is also famous for the variety of adventures that are made possible by its location.
In Sequim, and within the surrounding area, there are countless opportunities to explore nature. The Olympic National Park and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge offer the chance to explore and learn about the area’s unique ecosystem. Dungeness Spit is also a breathtaking place to spend a few hours walking around exploring. The beaches of Sequim Bay State Park are stocked with oysters and clams for the enterprising visitor to harvest.
From Sequim, people can drive further into the Olympic National Park to visit the Hoh Rainforest. Yes, there’s a rainforest!
Those who want to see animals can visit the Olympic Game Farm. Originally known as Disney’s Wildlife Ranch, the farm provides a new home for retired animal actors, rescues, and zoo animals. Both walking and driving tours are available.
Sequim has been a major center of oyster production for many years, and the tradition continues today. Clallam County has seen slow and steady economic growth. In recent years, the county leadership has focused on improvements to infrastructure and transportation that will allow further growth. Timber and agriculture continue to be significant industries in Sequim. Tourism is also becoming increasingly important.
Sequim is one of the three incorporated cities in Clallam County, Washington. It lies on the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, near the Olympic Mountains, and only a few hours from the ocean. Plus, there’s a rainforest! Make it a priority to spend time in Sequim, you won’t regret it!
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