4 BR / 2.5 BA / Sleeps 11 4 11 Min stay variesHome / 4 Bedrooms / Sleeps 11
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From rugged coastline to dense forests to pristine lakes, the Washington Coast is a great destination for those who love adventure and exploration. With numerous Washington Coast vacation rentals along the way, you’ll never have a problem finding a comfortable place to stay. Here’s why you should add a trip to the Washington Coast to your bucket list.
Introduction to the Washington CoastAs one of the first inhabited areas in North America, the Washington Coast and larger Pacific Northwest region boast a history stretching back over 13,000 years. Today, the Washington Coast retains much of its original appeal, with rugged cliffs, green forests, and both sea and inland lakes. There’s no bad season to travel to the coast, and most visitors prefer the slightly warmer and drier seasons of spring, summer, and fall.
Transit Along the Washington CoastIf you opt to stay in an urban center like Seattle, you can take advantage of public transportation options like a light rail and a comprehensive bus system. To explore the coast to its fullest, though, plan to rent a car or drive your own. While a compact car may fit your needs, be sure it can accommodate any adventure, climbing, or camping gear you choose to pack.
SeattleAt the northern end of the Washington Coast, Seattle is a logical place to start your coastal adventure. Be sure to partake in some of the capital city’s most loved attractions, like a trip to the top of the Space Needle and a visit to the Experience Music Project. Fuel up for the rest of your trip at Pike Place Market, which features products from dozens of local farmers, fishermen, and food producers.
Olympic National Park and Hoh Rain ForestNature lovers won’t want to miss Olympic National Park or Hoh Rain Forest, a unique and well-preserved area filled with an incomprehensible array of shades of green. Here you’ll find majestic old growth trees and extensive moss carpets, as well as both small ferns and gigantic spruce trees. Stop by the visitor’s center to learn about the long history of the rain forest, hike the various trails, and even ascend Mt. Olympus in the center of Hoh Rain Forest.
Long Beach Peninsula and Willapa BayTowards the southern end of the Washington Coast, Long Beach Peninsula features nearly 30 miles of hardy beaches. Whether you’re seeking solitude or company, this place offers a bit of both. You’ll find quiet spots on the beach, Washington Coast vacation rentals along the water, and a downtown boardwalk area with plenty of fun, touristy attractions.
Head just a few miles inland to Willapa Bay for one of the nation’s best oystering grounds. With activities ranging from hiking to photography to wildlife-viewing to shellfish harvesting, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is a great stop for the family. Don’t forget to obtain a license before harvesting clams or oysters.
Cape DisappointmentAt the very southern tip of Washington State, Cape Disappointment is an ideal yet unfortunately named place to end your coastal tour. Here you’ll find the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, which commemorates the explorers’ 1805 arrival at the Pacific Ocean, as well as Cape Disappointment State Park, which is well worth a visit. The park encompasses 2,000 acres of nearly untouched cliffs and beaches where contemporary explorers can hike, camp, and enjoy the sea breeze.
Sightseeing & Things to Do
Regional Foods & DiningSeafood lovers will be right at home in the Pacific Northwest! Washington Coast visitors can experience some of the best tasting seafood in the country. Seafood is important to the economy of the region. Tons of cold-water seafood like Pacific salmon, crab, and oysters are caught and eaten each year. Because of this, the Washington Coast boasts some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. The Pacific Northwest is also known for its fresh, local produce – especially apples, berries, and mushrooms.
Weather & ClimateThe climate in the Pacific Northwest is mild and does not usually experience hot or cold weather. Winters in the region are wet, followed by dry summers. Average rainfall tends to be upwards of 30 inches a year, with much higher numbers in the mountains. The area’s mild weather makes it ideal for tourism.
When to VisitWashington Coast visitors will find a festival going on at almost any time of the year, especially the spring and fall. Rentals book up fast around festival dates, so be sure to reserve your dates online to save time. Here are a few local favorites: In August, the Washington State International Kite Festival comes to the Long Beach Peninsula. This is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to fly kites and sample lots of local food and crafts. Also in August, Westport in Grays Harbor hosts one of the area’s most historic events—the Annual Westport Seafood Festival & Craft Show. This event has been going strong for over sixty years! In April, the Olympic Birdfest takes place in Port Angeles. This event gives visitors a chance to view many local wild birds by taking field trips.
From cities to shorelines to forests, there’s plenty to see and explore in Washington. Whether you choose a single home base for your entire trip or you hop from place to place along the way, you’ll find plenty of Washington Coast vacation rentals to call home.