Neah Bay Washington: Info and photos featuring Neah Bay, restaurants, lodging, camping, and things to do including Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island. Neah Bay itself is the main population hub of the Makah Indian Reservation which includes the entire northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula. (See Google Map below.)
Because Port Angeles is a scant two hours away, we highly recommend adding a visit to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery during your visit to the Olympic Peninsula.
Neah Bay is located at the farthest northwestern coastal edge of the state of Washington. Maybe you didn't think about Washington having a north coast? This area of the Olympic Peninsula might be the wildest, most remote location on the Washington State map, sitting on the edge where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific Ocean, and embodying all the beauty of a temperate rain forest. It's a spectacular place.
Port Angeles is 70.4 miles (km) east of Neah Bay WA, a drive of approx 1 hour 45 minutes. If your starting point isn't Port Angeles, then:
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Blankets of misty fog shroud the tree covered rocky tip where Neah Bay nestles into the cove that protects the Makah Marina. Filled with fishing vessels, encircled with homes and businesses, the Makah Marina is the central point in town, as fishing is an essential activity in this community, with whaling and canoeing being a part of the Makah Nation's tribal identity.
Dense tree stands cover the land, while sea stacks stand guard amidst the churning waves. Sea birds skim along while orcas and porpoises play in the ocean waters. On a clear day, the view across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north reveals Vancouver Island, Canada.
This remote village of Neah Bay is considered "the beginning of the world," according to "the Cape People," the Makah. The Makah people have occupied these parts for longer than anyone can remember.
Neah Bay offers wonderful options for recreation, but dining and lodging choices may be fewer than you are used to...
Purchase a Makah Recreation Pass ($10) which is required for recreational activities and attractions inside the Makah Indian Reservation. Passes are good for an entire year, and can be obtained at the locations listed here.
Makah Museum and Makah Cultural and Research Center
1880 Bayview Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357
Hours: Every day 10 am - 5 pm; closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas and possibly during the worst inclement weather.
The Makah Museum is on the left just before you roll into Neah Bay proper. It is a must-see, a world-class museum depicting life in a long house, and other aspects of Makah life in the past, such as hunting, fishing, plying the waters of the Pacific in long canoes. A revolving exhibit includes photos, carvings, clothing and baskets. So many things to see!
The Makah Museum is also home to ancient artifacts dating back 500 years, recovered from an archeological site of a Makah village in Ozette, WA. The ethnobotanical garden has been developed containing many native plants and outdoor exhibits.
Of course, they also offer a wonderful gift shop.
Entrance Fee: Adults $6.00; Senior Citizens (62 and older), Students and Military $5.00; children 5 and under are free.
If you plan to visit Neah Bay Washington in late August, consider including Makah Days in your itinerary!
Makah Days is an annual event occurring on the weekend closest to August 26, which is the anniversary of the date the American flag first flew in Neah Bay.
During this festival, tribal members and their returning loved ones, along with any and all guests and visitors, gather to remember the ancient and traditional ways of the Makah people, and to commemorate the anniversary of becoming citizens of the United States. All are welcome, and neighboring tribes from Washington State and Canada join in the festivities. For details follow the link above.
Cape Flattery Trail to the Tip of Cape Flattery WA
A Makah Recreation Pass is required to park at the trail head.
Cape Flattery makes my Top Ten Attractions on the Olympic Peninsula List at number 3. The trail winds its way 3/4 mile (1.21 km one way, takes 20 - 30 minutes) through quintessential Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest. The hike is moderately easy, passing through various sections of boardwalk, packed earth (read "puddles") and steps, winding through cedar, fir and fern.
At the far end, you will have arrived at the westernmost point of the lower 48 states. From an elevated platform, you are rewarded with a panoramic view from southwest to northwest, taking in the Pacific Ocean and Tatoosh Island.
Click on either Cape Flattery photo to go to the Cape Flattery WA Photo Gallery.
Shi Shi Beach is immediately south of Neah Bay Washington, and definitely worth the 2 mile hike (3.2 km one way) and visit. Shi Shi is the northernmost beach of the Olympic National Park, but it is accessed through Neah Bay and the Makah Reservation.
Several restaurants in Neah Bay Washington offer a variety of food options: Steaks and seafood, Indian tacos, ice cream, sandwiches, pizza, coffees and other hot drinks. There's also a variety store and grocery store if you're staying in a cabin and need to do some shopping.
Linda's Wood Fired Kitchen
1110 Bay View Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357
Hours: Tues-Sun 7-9 am; Wed-Sun 10-8 pm. Closed Mondays.
Linda's Wood Fired Kitchen is well received. They serve Italian, American, pizza, soups, salads.
1111 Bay View Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357
(No phone )
Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri: 12-6 pm; Thu, Sat: 12-5:30 pm; Closed Sun-Mon
Website: Pat's Place on Facebook
Pat's Place serves Indian fry bread tacos along with other Mexican and American cuisine. You may even get pie for dessert.
1431 Bayview Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357
Hours: Every day 8a - 8p
Website: Warmhouse Restaurant on Facebook
The Warmhouse offers American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including seafood, steaks, burgers.
There are plenty of options for camping with a tent or RV, depending on the amenities you require. You'll find tent and RV sites, cabins and motels, some with kitchens, moorage at the Makah Marina. The Neah Bay website offers lots of information here.
Below are a couple very nice options, but please note: Reservations fill up quickly! Plan waay ahead, and consider calling in early JANUARY to book your preferred dates no matter when they occur in the rest of the year.
Hobuck Beach Resort
2726 Makah Passage, Makah Indian Reservation, Neah Bay, WA 98357
Hobuck Beach Resort is located just south of Neah Bay along Hobuck Beach, with easy beach access and spectacular views. You'll find tent camping, full hook-up RV sites and a variety of fully supplied cabins, plus free showers, picnic tables and wireless internet. Go hiking, beach combing, bird, whale and wildlife watching. Go surfing or cycling, or simply chill in the view of a brilliant sunset. On the other hand, you might even get to do some storm watching.
The resort is close enough to town for shopping, restaurants and visiting.
Cape Resort and RV Park
1510 Bay View Avenue, Neah Bay, WA 98357
Cape Resort and RV Park is located close to everything in downtown Neah Bay. It overlooks Makah Marina, and is a scant 15 minute drive to Pacific Ocean beaches and other sites.
You'll find fully-supplied cabins, tent camping sites, and full-hookup RV camping. Two bunkhouses are available, sleeping 8, though bring your own supplies and bedding. They provide fire rings, propane, and wireless internet, as well as coin-operated showers and laundry.
Click here to check availability and pricing, or call the office to make your reservation.
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