We are always dreaming of our next island vacay, basking on sublime beaches while sipping on margs. But you can have that right now. A hike to Cape Flattery in Washington will bless you with abundant views of dreamy blue waters and breathtaking coastline coves. 

Located on the Olympic Peninsula where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific, this idyllic spot can be reached on the Cape Flattery Trail.

It's 1.2-miles roundtrip and is open year-round. This is something of a bucket-list, must-see because you'll be standing on the northwestern-most point of the United States! 

Although it's free to hike, a $10 Makah Recreation Use Permit is needed for activities inside the reservation, and the pass must be displayed on your vehicle's window. 

The route is paved with rustic boardwalks, and if you ask us, it'll make you feel like you're in Disney's Moana. Dogs are also allowed on this path, although they must be on a leash. 

There are several viewpoints for the most Insta-perfect shot, where you can see turquoise blue waters crashing against the rocky cliffs of the Olympic Peninsula.

As you hit the 0.75th-mile mark, you can stand on a platform to see an impressive lighthouse on Tatoosh Island too. 

Cape Flattery is also a nature sanctuary, which means you can see several seabirds like puffins and guillemots, and sea lions basking in the protected coves. A grey whale or two will make an appearance if you're lucky. 

It's popular for its sunsets, so you'll want to bring your beau to this spot. Watching the horizon burst into colors as the sun sinks across the ocean might become your favorite thing to do here.

True to its name, Cape Flattery is all that, and more. 

While you're at it, why not make a road trip of it? Consider making stops at an immortal tree and an enchanting rainforest bathed in moss on your way. You'll be glad you did! 

Cape Flattery

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 1.2 miles out-and-back

Address: Cape Flattery Trail, WA 98357

Why you should go: You can stand on the northwestern-most tip of the United States + Epic views of bluest waters and coastlines for as far as the eyes can see! 

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