The beautiful lavender farms of the Sequim Dungeness Valley on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State have long been known as the source for premium lavender and lavender products. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the Sequim lavender farms enjoy the ideal climate for growing lavender, making it America’s Provence. These farms are family-owned and family-friendly, inviting visitors from around the world to come experience the beauty and fragrance of this amazingly versatile herb.
Olympic National Park
The Olympic National Mountains can be seen from Gilgal. Take the one hour scenic drive and connect with several diverse environments across the Olympic Peninsula. Be inspired by the glacier-capped peaks, valleys of forests, hot springs, and rugged Pacific coastline. On a clear day, Hurricane Ridge, at nearly a mile above sea-level, offers the easiest place to view the Olympic Mountains. Sit on the visitor center terrace or walk the nature trails. Don’t forget your picnic.
Railroad Bridge Park
Railroad Bridge Park, at the heart of the Olympic Discovery Trail, showcases the Railroad Bridge built in 1915 by the Milwaukee Road. From 1915 to 1980 the Milwaukee Road operated the rail line, which transported passengers and timber, from Port Townsend to Port Angeles and west to connect with several logging railroads. The line was abandoned in 1985. Today the truss and trestle represent the longest bridge over the Dungeness River.
The lighthouse at the New Dungeness Light Station was the first U.S. lighthouse completed on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It has operated continuously providing navigational aids to ships plying the waters of the Strait since its lard oil lamp was lit for the first time on 14 December 1857. In 1993 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is located near the tip of the five mile long Dungeness Spit near Sequim, Washington.
The Olympic National Park can be viewed from the Hurricane Ridge viewpoint. The road leading west from the Hurricane Ridge visitor center has a number of picnic areas and trail heads. Take a walk on Hurricane Hill, a paved 1.6 miles long trail. Several other dirt trails of varying distances and difficulty levels branch off of the Hurricane hill trail. The picnic areas are open only in the summer, and have restrooms, water and paved access to picnic tables.
Olympic Discovery Trail
The Olympic Peninsula is Washington State’s premier destination for non-motorized touring. Starting in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend and ending on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the ODT is filled with views of snow capped peaks, ocean vistas, fast flowing rivers, pristine lakes, and majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Escape your everyday with scenic Inner Harbour strolls, centuries-old historical sites, superb local coastal cuisine, and a thriving arts and cultural scene. Victoria is the ideal year-round playground for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, and a warm, welcoming and multicultural city. Check out Butchart Gardens with 55 acres of vivid floral displays, water features, and a carousel.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca has been home of the famed “Humpback Comeback” of the Pacific Northwest, with hundreds of humpbacks now choosing these cold, nutrient-rich waters as their summer feeding grounds. The strait has some of the highest concentration of whales and dolphins and sea life anywhere in the world so Orcas are often seen feeding in the area.
Sequim Elk Herd
Carrie Blake Park
Pike Place Market