Neah Bay is located at the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, and is home to the Makah Indian Nation. Overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the town of 900 people is situated on one of the most remote and breathtaking coastlines of Washington. Neah Bay can be reached by traveling west on U.S. Highway 101 from Port Angeles or north from the small town of Forks.
Neah Bay is best known for its sports fishing and eco-tourism industry. The waters off Washington's northwestern coast offer some of the best halibut fishing in the Continental United States. There are several local fishing haunts in the area, but the best way to take advantage of the area's offerings is to hire a local guide. Fishing guides for halibut, ling cod, sea bass and other types of ocean fishing can be found either in Neah Bay or nearby Port Angeles.
Neah Bay's Makah Museum, which also serves as an archeological research center, showcases artifacts from the Makah's 3,800-year history. Visitors can experience a replica long house and learn about the Indian tribe's early life at the historic Lake Ozette, which is in the process of being excavated by the museum.
Many visitors to Neah Bay are drawn to the area by the Cape Flattery Trail, a three-quarter-mile hike to the tip of Cape Flattery, on the Makah Indian Reservation. The Cape looks out over Tatoosh Island and Mushroom Rock, and the trail affords breathtaking views of some of the Peninsula's most spectacular scenery.
Neah Bay is also relatively close to the Olympic National Park, which sits at the center of the Peninsula. Hiking, alpine and Nordic skiing and wildlife viewing are prime attractions here. Visitors require a park pass to hike or camp in the park.
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