Cape Alava is the westernmost point of the continental U.S. Located in Olympic National Park and the Ozette Indian Reservation, the Cape is accessible via a 3.5 mile hike along the Ozette Loop. The spectacular beaches at Cape Alava feature petroglyphs and abundant marine mammals sightings. Grey whales can be seen off the coast in late spring and summer on their migration to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea.
From the beach at Cape Alava, you might see gray whales during summer and fall, orcas any time of year. Sea otters are commonly seen at Cape Alava, too.
Farther offshore, great whales like blues, humpbacks, fin and sperm whales pass through the waters of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. These whales are rarely seen from shore, though - even with great binoculars!