Smack in the middle of summer ― when the days stretch long ― you may find yourself longing for a few days away. Maybe you want to feel squishy sand between your toes, teach your kids to fly a kite and lick ice cream just as it threatens to melt down your arm.
But at the height of tourist season, planning a beach getaway in the Northwest can leave you needing a vacation from planning your vacation. So we’ve put together an insider’s guide to places on Washington’s Pacific Coast that are perfect destinations for late-summer beach fun.
On the Olympic Peninsula, verdant rain forest and wild beaches beckon nature-loving families. In the middle of Washington’s coast lies a stretch of beach known for the tastiest razor clams and the most serene beach walks. And on the Long Beach Peninsula, you can top off a morning of flying kites with an afternoon horseback ride and then a dinner of local oysters. Read on to choose your own adventure: