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  • La Push, Second Beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • View toward Crying Lady Rock and the Quillayute Needles from La Push, Second Beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Rocky shore at Shi Shi Beach en route to Point of the Arches.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • The cove at Point of the Arches.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Rialto Beach with James and Little James Islands out in the distance.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Hole-in-the-Wall, Olympic National Park.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Rock formations and tide pools at Hole-in-the-Wall.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Sea stacks at Rialto Beach just south of Hole-in-the-Wall.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Port Townsend's North Beach with Point Wilson Lighthouse and Three Fingers South (6,850').- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Port Townsend's North Beach with Mount Baker (10,781') in the distance.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • West Seattle's famous Alki Beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • The sound's clear waters at Alki Beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Sunset in the San Juan Islands from Fox Point and Cove.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Boats in Fox Cove on Sucia Island in the San Juans.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Fort Warden Beach looking south.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Fort Warden Beach with Mount Baker (10,781') in the distance.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Owen Beach + promenade with Mount Rainier (14,411') in the distance.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Sooes Beach, just south of Cape Flattery. View looking south toward Anderson Point.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) in the tidepools at Sooes Beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • View from Ruby Beach toward Abbey Island across Cedar Creek.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Surfer's classic VW at Westhaven State Park.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Coast Guard Lookout Tower at Westhaven State Park.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Westhaven State Park beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Surfers out at Westhaven State Park beach and jetty.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Walking out to Kalaloch's Beach 4.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Kalaloch's Beach 4, Olympic National Park.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Snowy owl at Damon Point, common during the winter months.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Crescent Beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Obstruction Pass Beach in the Suan Juan Islands.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Obstruction Pass Beach on Orcas Island's southeastern tip.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Obstruction Pass Beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Seattle's Golden Gardens Beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • View of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains from Golden Gardens.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Spring Bay Beach on Orcas Island in the San Juans.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Rocky shoreline at Spring Bay on Orcas Island during high tide.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Long Beach boardwalk.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Long Beach's annual Sandstations sand castle competition.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Summer concession stand at Fort Flagler State Park's north beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Fort Flagler's north beach on Marrowstone Island.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • View of Mount Baker (10,781') from Fort Flagler's north beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
  • Port Townsend from Fort Flagler's north beach.- Washington's 20 Best Beaches
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With 3,026 miles of coastline spread out along the Pacific Ocean, Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, it's no wonder Washington has so many incredible beaches. Massive sea stacks line the Olympic Coast, snowy owls nest at Damon Point, bonfires are lit at Golden Gardens, and the state's volcanic peaks can be seen nearly everywhere. Washingtonians are a lucky bunch!

As we've traveled the state over, we've put together a list of "Must Sees" in order of our favorites. Let us know what your favorites are and how you'd rank them.

  1. La Push, Second Beach (Washington's iconic beach in Olympic National Park)
  2. Rialto Beach + Hole-in-the-Wall (Sea stacks, tide pools... this has it all!)
  3. Point of the Arches + Shi Shi Beach (A long hike to one of the Pacific Coast's most stunning and isolated beaches.)
  4. North Beach, Port Townsend (In the rain shadow of the Olympics, arguably the sunniest beach in all of Washington.)
  5. Alki Beach (Feels like vacation every day in the city)
  6. Sucia Island Fox Cove (Remote and incredible taste of the San Juan Islands.)
  7. Waikiki Beach, Cape Disappointment State Park (Washington's best southern beach.)
  8. Fort Warden Beach (Sun, views, boat rentals, camping, etc.)
  9. Owen Beach + Prominade (Tacoma's beach with jaw dropping views of Rainier.)
  10. Sooes Beach (Isolated serenity.)
  11. Ruby Beach (Everything you'd want in Olympic National Park.)
  12. Westhaven State Park + Half Moon Bay (Washington's surfing paradise!)
  13. Kalaloch Beach 4 (Most extensive tide pools in the state.)
  14. Damon Point Spit (Snowy owl! What? Enough said.)
  15. Crescent Beach (A day fee, but definitely worth it!)
  16. Orcas Island Obstruction Pass Beach (Orcas Island's gem.)
  17. Golden Gardens Beach (The best place for a beach fire in Seattle.)
  18. Orcas Island Spring Bay (One of the San Juan's most ideal coves.)
  19. Long Beach (Called the "longest beach in the world," it's Washington's boardwalk retreat with the best sand castle contest.)
  20. Fort Flagler North Beach (Washington's best beach for kids, without doubt.)
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