Experience a Scenic Byway and Local Wildlife on the Way to the End of the Continent, and Visit a Native American Longhouse.
Watch for whales on the Whale Trail. One of the nation’s newest National Scenic Byways, Highway 112 follows the shoreline of a glacial fjord that connects Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, separating the Olympic Peninsula from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This dramatic stretch of coastline with rugged cliffs and forests reaches farther into the cold waters of the North Pacific than any other mainland point in the lower 48 states. Eagles, otters and gray whales are common sights, depending on the time of year. The Whale Trail has several stops along the Byway: Cape Flattery at Neah Bay, Sekiu Overlook, and Shipwreck Point.
At the end of the highway is Neah Bay where the world famous Makah Cultural and Research Center is located. Many of the items in the museum are from the “Ozette Dig,” which yielded Makah artifacts from a village partially buried in a mudslide in the 1500s. The Part #2. Ozette archeological collection is the largest pre-contact Northwest Coast Indian collection in the country. Whaling, sealing and fishing gear, basketry and replicas of a 60-foot cedar longhouse and oceangoing canoes are displayed. The center also houses the Makah language program, working to preserve and teach Makah language and culture. Take a walk to Cape Flattery (the most northwest tip of the continental US) for a view of Tatoosh Island and lighthouse.
3. Scenic Byway: http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/13740/
4. Neah Bay: http://neahbaychamberofcommerce.com/
5. Makah Nation: http://www.makah.com/
6. Makah Museum: http://www.makah.com/exhibits.html
7. Cape Flattery: http://www.northolympic.com/capeflatterytrail/