Finding your way to Neah Bay, location of the Makah Tribe
The Makah tribe location is in an isolated community with unpredictable weather. The trip out to visit Neah Bay, Washington can be an adventure. Usually people find us by driving the along the Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway 112. The tip of the Olympic Peninsula can be accessed entirely by the road, though some choose to add a ride on the ferry to the itinerary. It is also possible to arrive by private boat and use a slip in our marina. We have fuel services for automobile traffic and marine vessels so if you didn’t realize how far it is to get out here, we have you covered.
The best route when traveling through the town of Neah Bay is via Bayview Ave. Google Maps will sometimes advise travelers to use Backtrack Road as the quickest route. This is not ideal as you will be led away from local businesses, onto a truck route and eventually gravel roads. Use Bayview Avenue through Neah Bay to reach local stores, fuel, eateries and lodging.
The highway is the most common way to reach Neah Bay, on the western tip of the north coast of Washington. The closest international airport is SeaTac in Seattle. Rail travel was popular between Port Angeles and Port Townsend in the 1920’s though Neah Bay was never serviced by rail and there are no longer any trains operating on the Olympic Peninsula.
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Finding Neah Bay by Car
From Seattle, WA (Approximately 4.5 hours depending on route and weather)
From Seattle, WA via the Bainbridge Ferry: The ferry is located at the Seattle Ferry Terminal (801 Alaskan Way Pier 52, Seattle, WA 98104) Follow 305 N to 3 North to the Olympic Peninsula. Take 104 West over the Hood Canal Bridge. Merge on to 101 and follow signs to Port Angeles. Drive through Port Angeles. Continue on 101 West to 112 Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway. Turn right and follow signs to Neah Bay. Turn right to stay on 112 and continue through Clallam Bay onto Neah Bay. Approximately 4.5 hours depending on ferries and weather.
From Kingston via the Edmonds/Kinston Ferry (199 Sunset Ave. S. Edmonds, WA 98020/ Located north of Seattle) Take the WSDOT ferry from Edmonds to Kingston. From the ferry, continue straight onto State Route 104 West/WA-104 West and follow the directions from the Hood Canal Bridge as noted above. Approximately 4 hours depending on ferries and weather.
From Canada From Vancouver, BC follow the I-5 south and take one of the WSDOT ferries either Coupeville/Port Townsend or the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry.
From Victoria, BC, take the M.V. Coho from Victoria, British Columbia to Port Angeles, Washington.