Hoquiam WA

Hoquiam WA and its nearby sister city, Aberdeen, WA, together serve as a southern gateway to the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park, the Olympic National Park beaches, and a ton of vacation opportunities

This isn't the most flamboyant area in the nation, but it is a beautiful area and wonderful for fishing, boating, beachcombing, and birdwatching. Hike through the area's rich renewed forests, or relax on nearby Pacific beaches or local riverfronts and enjoy nature as it comes to you.

Where is Hoquiam Washington? 

Hoquiam WA

The city of Hoquiam WA is located in Grays Harbor County, in the southwestern region of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula (see Google map). 

From Port Angeles, WA, it really doesn't matter, time-wise, whether you take Hwy 101 to the west or to the east in order to travel to Hoquiam WA. Either route requires a drive of three hours and a few minutes.

On the other hand, the eastern route south along the Hood Canal is 148 miles (238.2 km) long, whereas traveling the western route south along the Pacific coast is 160 miles (257.5 km) long. Take the route that appeals to you the most!

If your starting point is not Port Angeles then...

  • Sequim, WA is 131 miles (210.8 km) to the northeast. This can be driven in about 2 hours 42 minutes. 
  • Port Townsend, WA is 126 miles (202.77 km) to the northeast, a 2 hour 40 minute drive by car. 
  • Forks, WA is 104 miles (167.4 km) northwest, a 2 hour 1 minute drive by car.
  • Seattle, WA is only 112 miles (180.25 km) away, a 2 hour 4 minute drive. 

While you're in the area, these nearby towns also have interests and attractions: 

  • Aberdeen, WA is Hoquiam's sister city. The two villages run together into one town. Myrtle Street, which runs north and south, marks the border, Hoquiam WA being on the west and Aberdeen WA being on the east of Myrtle St. 
  • Ocean Shores, WA is 19.3 miles (31.06 km) west of Hoquiam on the Pacific Ocean on the northern rim of Grays Harbor, about a 30 minute drive. 
  • Westport, WA is 24.7 miles (39.75 km) southwest of Hoquiam on the Pacific Ocean on the southern rim of Grays Harbor, a 36 minute drive. 

Hoquiam WA Info and Vital Statistics

  • Hoquiam is an Indian name meaning "hungry for wood," since the mouth of the Hoquiam River used to be choked with driftwood.

  • Hoquiam Pronunciation: Hoquiam can be pronounced HOE-kwee-um. The locals tend to pronounce it HOE-kwim
  • Hoquiam Zip Code: 98550

  • City of Hoquiam WA Website: https://cityofhoquiam.com/

  • City of Hoquiam WA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cityofhoquiamgovernment/

  • Hoquiam Population: Estimated at 8,596 persons as of 2018, which is somewhat down from the official 2010 census total of 8,724.

  • Hoquiam Airport: Bowerman Airport. FAA Identifier: HQM.
    Location: Two miles west of Hoquiam WA on Airport Way, Hoquiam, WA 98550.
    Website: https://www.portofgraysharbor.com/bowerman-airport
    Phone: Port of Grays Harbor, +1-360-533-9528

  • Hoquiam Post Office: Located at 620 8th St, Hoquiam, WA 98550
    Phone: +1-800-275-8777

  • Hoquiam Police Department: Location: 215 10th St, Hoquiam, WA 98550
    Hoquiam Police Dept Non-em Phone: +1-360-532-0892

  • Hospital Services: Grays Harbor Community Hospital located at: 915 Anderson Dr, Aberdeen, WA 98520. The hospital staffs and serves the Hoquiam Clinic located at 815 K St, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Hoquiam Clinic Phone Number: +1-360-537-6430

Hoquiam WA Weather 

Rainy weather is a fact of life around both Hoquiam and Aberdeen Washington, due to their proximity to the nearby temperate rain forests and mountains to the northeast. Depending on your statistical sources, Hoquiam gets between 76 and 116 inches of rain per year. On the other hand, snowfall in the winter is negligible. 

Expect about 127 sunny days per year in Hoquiam. Doing the math, this leaves 238 generally rainy days, though of course, if the rain falls at night or very early morning, the weather during daylight hours may still be lovely!

Hoquiam WA Temperature:


Seasonal Rainfall Averages for Hoquiam Washington

Hoquiam is rainy, but not so much during the tourist season.

Here are the rainfall averages by season for Hoquiam Washington:

  • Winter (Jan, Feb, Mar): 42.51 inches
  • Spring (Apr, May, Jun): 17.95"
  • Summer (Jul, Aug, Sep): 8.71"
  • Fall (Oct, Nov, Dec): 46.38"

Annual Rainfall in Hoquiam WA: 116 inches (295 cm)

Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide provides rainfall averages by month for each region of the Olympic Peninsula, in both inches and centimeters. See pages 349-350.

Hoquiam WA Attractions 

Hoquiam WA provides a surprising number of attractions for vacationers and locals alike! Check out the Hoquiam WA Attractions page for full coverage of or links to the following activities:

  • 7th Street Theatre
  • Fishing in the Grays Harbor area
  • Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
  • Grays Harbor Public Market
  • Grays Harbor Raceway
  • Hoquiam Brewing Co.
  • Hoquiam Castle
  • Hoquiam Olympic Stadium
  • Polson Museum

Because Aberdeen, Ocean Shores, and Westport are all nearby, you are likely to find many other attractions besides these, all within approximately thirty to forty-five minutes of Hoquiam WA.

Restaurants in Hoquiam WA

Casa Mia

Casa Mia Info 

Location: 2936 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: +1-360-533-2010
Website and Menus: https://casamiahoquiam.com/
Hours: Wed-Sat: 4 pm - 9 pm, closed Sun-Tues. Casa Mia is open for take-out, to-go, and curbside pick-up.
Facebook: Facebook page for Casa Mia

Tripadvisor: Tripadvisor reviews for Casa Mia in nearby Hoquiam, WA
Yelp: Yelp reviews for Casa Mia in nearby Hoquiam, WA

Highlights of this restaurant: 

  • Family-owned Italian restaurant and pizzeria
  • 56/66 reviews on Tripadvisor rate Casa Mia as excellent or very good
  • 4.6/5 stars on Facebook

More Restaurants in Hoquiam WA

(Restaurant addresses link to Google maps.)

8th Street Ale House - Fine dining with gastro pub atmosphere and food.
Located at: 207 8th St #2507, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Phone: +1-360-612-3455. Website: https://8thstreetalehouse.com/. Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11am-11pm or later, Fri-Sat: 11am-1am. 

Al's Humdinger - Classic American to-go food. Highly regarded fast food.
Located at: 104 Lincoln St, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Phone: +1-360-533-2754. Hours: Sun-Sat: 10am-10pm. 

Brunch 101 - Creative Breakfasts and Lunches, and of course... BRUNCH! Highly rated.
Located at: 716 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550. +1-360-986-3093. Hours: Sun-Sat: 10am-3pm. 

Grizzly Den - American style diner featuring burgers and other classics.
Located at: 300 W Emerson Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Phone: +1-360-537-9840. Hours: Sun: 11am-9:30pm, Mon-Thurs: 10am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-10pm. 

Simpson Avenue Grill - Classic American grill and diner cuisineLocated at: 825 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Phone: +1-360-533-8907. Website: https://simpsonavebarandgrill.com/. Hours: Sun-Tues: 8am-7pm, Wed-Thurs: 8am-8pm, Fri-Sat: 8am-9pm. 

Taqueria Franco - Creative Mexican cuisine. The food looks DELICIOUS! Located at: 401 W Heron St, Aberdeen, WA 98520. Phone: +1-360-532-0609. Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues-Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 10am-12am. 

The Jitter House - Popular Coffee House. "The place to go in Hoquiam" according to one reviewer. Located at: 617 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Phone: +1-360-589-8581. Website: https://thejitterhouse.com/. Hours: Sun: Closed, Mon-Sat: 9am-1pm. 

Dominos - Fast food pizza chain, but highly rated in this area.
Located at: 2605 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550. Phone: +1-360-533-3500.  https://pizza.dominos.com/washington/hoquiam/. Hours: Sun-Thurs: 10:30am-12am, Fri-Sat: 10:30am-1am. 

Hotels in Hoquiam WA

Shiny Motel
504 Perry Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550.
Phone: +1-360-532-4300
Website: https://www.shinymotel.us/

Tripadvisor: Tripadvisor reviews for Shiny Motel in Hoquiam, WA
Yelp: Yelp reviews for Shiny Motel in Hoquiam, WA

Shiny Motel is the top-rated motel in Hoquiam WA.

Tops Motel
Location: 2403 Simpson Ave #3936, Hoquiam, WA 98550.
Phone: +1-360-532-7373.
Website: Website for Tops Motel

Tripadvisor: Tripadvisor reviews for Tops Motel in Hoquiam, WA.
Yelp: Yelp reviews for Tops Motel in Hoquiam, WA

There are a few additional hotels in Hoquiam WA, however we suggest you start your search with the ones listed here. Additionally, find more lodging choices in Aberdeen, or in nearby Ocean Shores or Westport, both of which cater heavily to tourists and vacationers. 

Hoquiam River RV Park

Hoquiam River RV Park

Address: 425 Queen Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: (360) 538-2870
Website: https://hoquiamriverrvpark.com/

TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor Reviews of Hoquiam River RV Park in Hoquiam WA

Hoquiam WA History

The history of Hoquiam Washington is intermingled with the history of the entire Grays Harbor area and with that of Aberdeen WA.

The main industry in Grays Harbor County has always been logging. But, since the 1990's and the awareness given to the needs of the northern spotted owl, logging in old growth forested lands has been completely suspended, crippling the industry as a whole, and the economy of Grays Harbor County. 

The details are on our Hoquiam WA History page. 

Today, more than twenty years after the last decade of the last millennium, the local economy is diversifying and growing healthier. In addition to the remaining logging and paper pulp endeavors, two other industries have put down tentative roots in Hoquiam WA. Westport Shipyards builds yachts, and in the Port of Grays Harbor (in Hoquiam), the largest biodiesel manufacturing plant in the nation is capable of producing more than 100 million gallons of biodiesel per year. 

Additionally, tourism is on the upswing in Hoquiam and Aberdeen. And indeed, there is much to explore here, including historical buildings, local shops, and the beaches, forests, and wildlife.

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Washington State Covid-19 Status

As of July, 2021, Washington State is now generally open. However, current state mandates require masking for all indoor activity outside of ones own home. Additionally, there is a state mandate requiring restaurant patrons to provide proof of vaccination for indoor dining. Due to logistical difficulties, some restaurants are still open only for takeout/drive thru. HIPAA guidelines about privacy for medical information regarding indoor dining does not permit enforcement of covid mandates. 

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