You can visit or see 5 of the Olympic Peninsula Lighthouses by starting at the northeastern town of Port Townsend and ending in the fishing and logging area to the southwest (and, of course you can travel the route in the reverse). While the lighthouses are a draw for the enthusiast, the settings will provide visitors with opportunities to visit historic sites, museums and scenic parks and beaches.
Port Townsend, the Victorian seaport at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula is a wonderful jumping off point to explore lighthouses. Port Townsend has interesting B&B’s, waterfront hotels, and plenty of things to see.
The closest lighthouse is Point Wilson, which is located in Fort Worden State Park. Point Wilson marks the west entrance into the Puget Sound. It is the turning point from the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Admiralty Inlet. The current station was built in 1914, replacing the original tower. It is still operational and the light has been automated.
The lighthouse, now managed by Fort Worden State Park, is open to visitors from mid-May through mid-September on Saturdays during the hours of 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is always good to check and confirm availability. (360) 344-4431
The Fort Flagler area is just 19 miles from Port Townsend. Extending from the base of the bluffs on the northeast end of Marrowstone Island is a low, level piece of ground known as Marrowstone Point. Marrowstone Point forms the eastern entrance to Port Townsend Bay.
You can reach the lighthouse by taking Highway 116. Follow the road to Fort Flagler State Park. The lighthouse is on the northeastern tip of the island. It consists of a mounted light tower (on the old fog signal building) and keepers’ quarters. Fort Flagler State Park has the same borders as the original fort. The batteries and historic buildings are preserved for you to explore. The area immediately around the keeper’s dwelling is not open to the public, but you can walk the shoreline to view the light.
The New Dungeness Lighthouse is a beautifully maintained facility nearly 150 years old. It still guides ships past the treacherous spit in the Strait of San Juan de Fuca. New Dungeness Spit is one of the largest natural spits in the world.
Sequim is touted as being in Washington’s “Banana Belt.” There are accommodations and dining the area.
To get to a place to view the lighthouse from downtown Sequim, go north on Sequim Avenue which becomes Sequim Dungeness Way and follow it to its end. From there you can get a view of the lighthouse at the end of the spit across Dungeness Bay.
Hardy walkers can walk 5 and ½ miles (one way) out to the lighthouse. Access to the spit is from the Dungeness County Park at the end of Voice of America Road. When you are out there, those that are staying at the lighthouse offer tours. Call for availability and check the tides, too. The lighthouse is also accessible by water. (360) 683-6638
To spend a week at the lighthouse, you must be a member of the New Dungeness Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. To check availability and to download an application form, visit the Membership page for the New Dungeness Lighthouse.
Traveling down the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula, you’ll encounter some magnificent driftwood-strewn beaches. This lighthouse can be seen from that area. It originally was constructed in 1891 and is now decommissioned.
The lighthouse on Destruction Island can be viewed from turnouts along Highway 101 in Olympic National Park. Highway 101 hugs the Pacific Ocean for about 12 miles through Olympic National Park from Queets to Ruby Beach. The best viewpoints are 2 miles south of Ruby Beach (be sure and stop to explore this popular scenic beach). You are near Kalaloch Lodge, is a beautiful place to stay with a fantastic restaurant on a cliff overlooking the beach. Camping is also available in the area.
The Grays Harbor Lighthouse was dedicated in 1898. By the time the lighthouse was built, at least 50 ships had foundered near the entrance to Grays Harbor. The lighthouse is located west of Westport just south of the entrance to Grays Harbor adjacent to Westport Light State Park.
Tours of the tower are offered by the Westport Maritime Museum. The tower is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. during the summer months, and on weekends during the remainder of the year.
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