Part of the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, Washington State is home to many memorable beaches. Whether you’re looking for a remote and peaceful getaway or the perfect outing for a group of friends, here are our top 10 recommendations for beaches to visit in the Evergreen State.
1. Kalaloch Beach
Kalaloch Beach is one of several beaches in Olympic National Park. In addition to showcasing a gorgeous oceanfront, this beach is also home to the Kalaloch Tree of Life. You can look forward to strolling along the sands, taking in the scenery, or adding this beach to a larger Olympic Peninsula itinerary.
2. Golden Gardens Park
Located just outside of Seattle, Golden Gardens Park is a great option for groups or families! In addition to a beautiful beach, the park also features several amenities including fire rings, picnic areas, and a playground. A portion of the park also allows off-leash dogs, and on-leash dogs are allowed in other areas of the park.
3. Alki Beach
Alki Beach is another great option if you’re looking for a beach in Seattle. This sandy beach allows on-leash dogs, making it a great option for those with furry friends. It also has several fire rings that can be used for bonfires, so you may want to consider bringing some hot dogs or s’mores supplies as well for your trip here!
4. Long Beach Peninsula
Located in the southwest portion of Washington State, this beautiful beach stretches on seemingly endlessly. In addition to strolling down the sandy shores, you can look forward to a variety of other memorable experiences as well. Long Beach Peninsula is a popular spot for birdwatching, as well as being home to several historic lighthouses.
5. Pacific Beach
Pacific Beach is a great option for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and relax at a serene beach! Pacific Beach State Park is fairly small – 17-acres – but is well worth a visit due to its peaceful waterfront views all the same.
6. Rosario Beach
Head over to Deception Pass State Park to check out Rosario Beach. Featuring tide pools, old-growth trees, and picnic areas, Rosario Beach is a great option for all sorts of visitors. A Washington Discover Pass is required to access the state park.
7. Damon Point
Located in Ocean Shores, WA, Damon Point is a great spot for collecting shells, rocks, and sea glass. It is also a popular spot for bird watching. After exploring this beach, you may also want to check out the nearby town – Ocean Shores is well-loved due to its mix of beautiful scenery and fun activities.
8. Ruby Beach
Ruby Beach is another great option if you are looking for beaches in Olympic National Park. This beach is not only gorgeous, but it’s also a great spot to go tide pooling. Even better, it’s also near other notable attractions such as the Hoh Rainforest. This means Ruby Beach is both a great destination, as well as a great stop on a longer trip to explore the National park.
9. Seahurst Park
Add a bit of hiking to your beach trip with a visit to Seahurst Park! The park is home to a couple of trails, including portions that wind along the beach. You can look forward to not only traversing the Pacific Northwest woods but also having a beautiful beach as a destination to look forward to!
10. La Push
You might recognize La Push as the beach from the popular series of vampire movies, but the beach is an actual location in real life, and it is stunning. There might not be any werewolves or cliff diving at the real La Push beach, but there are memorable Pacific Northwest views!
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