Washington Coast, WA

Travel Guide
Photo provided by Resort at Port Ludlow/Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau
Miles of sandy beaches, lush rainforest valleys and ample recreational activities make this Washington region a well-loved destination for enjoying the great outdoors.

The Washington Coast encompasses an assortment of oceanfront towns and cities overlooking the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. From quiet hidden inlets to popular sandy beaches, families, couples and solo visitors can find lots of places to get active or relax. Go whale watching in early spring, hike through temperate rainforests and climb up the steps of a historic lighthouse.

Head to the beaches of Ocean Shores for family-friendly activities such as sandcastle competitions and kite flying. In town, shop at quirky gift shops and play mini golf at the Pacific Paradise Family Fun Center. From Ocean Shores, take a trip to Olympic National Forest to explore majestic waterfalls and discover the Quinault Rainforest.

On the southwestern coast, experience the beauty of Long Beach, a city that takes full advantage of its coastal location. Climb up to the two working lighthouses, the peculiarly named Cape Disappointment and North Head. Explore the Discovery Trail dedicated to the early 19th-century Lewis and Clark expedition. Take part in an annual sand sculpture competition and browse the exhibits at the World Kite Museum.

For a quiet beach, head for the Marylyn Nelson County Park at Port Williams. Enjoy a picnic on the tables overlooking the shore, watch ships passing by and head out on your own boat via the dedicated boat launch. Kayaking and paddleboarding are available at Sequim Bay.

Marine wildlife abounds on Washington Coast. See the seasonal whale migration along Shipwreck Point Beach and discover tide pools filled with colorful anemones and starfishes. Seafood, naturally, is abundant with freshly caught razor clams and fried oysters featuring on many menus.

Many festivals are held during peak tourist season from June to September, so book ahead to ensure accommodations during these busy months. While the weather might not be prime for sitting on the beach in the winter, consider planning an off-season vacation to go skiing or snowboarding on Hurricane Ridge.

Visit Washington Coast to see prime examples of the beautiful, varied terrain of the Pacific Northwest.

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