Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the U.S, located in the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge in Sequim (pronounced as “skwim”) in the Olympic Peninsula.
The Olympic Peninsula is often overlooked and not that many people know of when traveling to Seattle. Olympic National Park is here, and I have camped there once last year. I have also featured Hurrican Ridge in Port Angeles in a previous blog post, here, and Lavender Festival in Sequim, here. And if you are into eating fresh oysters, Dosewallips State Park has a few beaches opened year-round for that as well. All of these are totally do-able within a weekend trip.
Transportation: Road trip from Seattle takes about 2 and a half hour. I have driven there and back within a day and also taken the ferry, too. You can check the ferry schedule here, and it is the shortest route but will cost you a few bucks. If you are from downtown Seattle, drive onto the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry or the Seattle-Bremerton ferry. If you are from the Northern suburbs like me, take the Edmonds-Kingston ferry. It depends on what time you plan to go, really, since in some cases, it is faster to drive. I did have to wait in a long line for the ferry boarding and unboarding.
Access the Dungeness Spit: There are a large paved parking area and an information kiosk in which you will be asked to pay the entrance fee. We have the annual America the Beautiful pass, so that covers it. After less than a mile of trail forest, you will arrive at the beach which has a delightful flat walk all the way to the lighthouse. It is 5 miles long, so keep that in mind. There is a picnic area there, too, but we ran out of daylight and did not make it that far.
So why Dungeness Spit? I LOVE being by the seashore and taking in the ocean air, and sunset is always much better by the water. Seagulls, harlequin ducks, plovers, as well as dippers are commonly seen here. The best time to visit is at low tide. The driftwoods are also a cool sight to see, and I’ve especially enjoyed picking out cool rocks here. I really want to come back here so make it to the lighthouse!
If you are planning for a longer trip to the Olympic Peninsula, explore Forks town, La Push and hike Second Beach, Hoh Rain Forest and Kalaloch Beaches (pronounced clay-lock) and walk along Ruby Beach or stop by the Tree of Life, do turquoise-colored Lake Crescent, Sol Duc Hot Springs, hike Lake Ozette, tidepools are Slip Point bear Clallam Bay, and drive the Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway through small towns: Neah Bay, Selkiu and Clallam Bay.
ABOUT THIS OUTFIT: This summer, I have been obsessed with midi dresses with ditsy floral prints like this. Anthropologie has a huge range of these dresses, and Faithful the brand is also killing it with their prints, here. I often put ‘tea dress” in the search bar on ASOS to find similar ones for cheaper alternatives.
This dress is from the brand Porridge, available in 3 size ranges: standard, petite, and plus. Made in rayon and features a V-neck, a slight cinch in at the waist, relaxed mid-length sleeves and slouchy fit overall. One thing I’ve got to point out is the fact that the neckline is a bit too low, so opt for a bralette or a pair of these nippies so you won’t have to worry about any bras showing. Here I’ve paired it with my tan bucket bag from Staud and my favorite white sneakers from MUJI (I’m 7.5 US and wearing the 23 cm pairs).
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