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.
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...
While you're in the area, these nearby towns also have interests and attractions:
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!
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Hoquiam is rainy, but not so much during the tourist season.
Here are the rainfall averages by season for Hoquiam Washington:
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 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:
Casa Mia Info
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Covid-19 status: Casa Mia is open for take-out, to-go, and curbside pick-up.
(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. Covid: Open for dine-in.
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. Open for dine-in.
Simpson Avenue Grill - Classic American grill and diner cuisine. Located 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. Open for dine-in.
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. Open for dine-in.
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. Open for dine-in.
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. Open for curbside pick-up and delivery.
Shiny Motel is the top-rated 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
Address: 425 Queen Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: (360) 538-2870
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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