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Sequim spreads out under a swath of blue on the north coast of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Here along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the town sees far more sun than most of western Washington, especially in the winter. This fact is particularly noteworthy since it is so close to the Olympic National Park's Hoh Rainforest. While little snow ever falls in Sequim itself, the town provides a very pleasant base for skiing and snowboarding on nearby Hurricane Ridge.

At an altitude of more than 5,000 feet, Hurricane Ridge has an average annual snowfall of more than 400 inches. Located ...

Sequim spreads out under a swath of blue on the north coast of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Here along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the town sees far more sun than most of western Washington, especially in the winter. This fact is particularly noteworthy since it is so close to the Olympic National Park's Hoh Rainforest. While little snow ever falls in Sequim itself, the town provides a very pleasant base for skiing and snowboarding on nearby Hurricane Ridge.

At an altitude of more than 5,000 feet, Hurricane Ridge has an average annual snowfall of more than 400 inches. Located within the Olympic National Park, the ridge is a particularly pristine environment for both alpine and cross-country skiing as well as snowboarding and snowshoeing. Sequim also sits under a major bird flyway, and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge protects many resident birds among the 250 species identified. Winter is an especially good time to add bird sightings to your list. Learn more about birds and their habitats at the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

Great weather and spectacular nature are the big draws for Sequim, but there are also opportunities to enjoy dining on fresh local seafood with regional wines and for having a look at some local artwork. Sequim may be just the place to get out and enjoy some winter sunshine in a region better known for its cloud cover.

Myra Ingmanson
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Myra Ingmanson and Daniel C. Schechter worked together on various titles for Lonely Planet, particularly the Pacific Northwest and Mexico books. Together they coauthored chapters for Lonely Planet's Eastern Caribbean.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Situated along the Dungeness River near the base of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim sits in the northeast of the Olympic Peninsula.
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    December to March