21 Nov 2018
There’s something exciting about cracking open your car windows and smelling the salty sea air as you drive down the coast. It’s the perfect harmony between the road, sun, sea, and air, creating an unforgettable journey. A Washington coast road trip packs in plenty of breathtaking vistas, gorgeous scenery, and more fun than you can imagine. Start in the northwest corner of the continental United States and head down through mystic Olympic National Park, past the sprawling Pacific Coast beaches, and down through the charming beach town of Seabrook. You’ll get a taste of the outdoors, great food, and family activities on your adventure. For a full list of events and things to do in Washington’s Beach Town, check out our Things to Do page. It’s time to get out and explore!
The Top 6 Stops on Your Washington Coast Road Trip
Your Washington coast road trip begins on the furthest northwest point of the contiguous U.S. Cape Flattery features a 1.5-mile trail that leads guests through the rocky coastline to the point where the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean meet. The views here are nothing short of incredible, as the bay has several scenic overlooks, the most notable being the main viewing platform providing a look at Tatoosh Island and several sea stacks off the coast.
Olympic National Park
A real adventure in Olympic National Park requires more than just a couple of stops, but for the sake of our road trip there a few spots that are a must on your trip. Backtrack along the Strait of Juan de Fuca through Port Angeles up to Hurricane Ridge. It’s about a 2-hour drive but it’s worth the views from 5,242 feet. Hop back in your car and venture south down U.S. Route 101 to the Hoh Rain Forest. Walk one of the many trails through one of the only temperate rain forests in the country, where you may spot elk, spotted owls, black-tailed deer, and banana slugs. Walk along the banks of the Hoh River for some stunning photo opportunities.
Continue south on 101 to Ruby Beach, where tree-lined cliffs drop down to beaches covered in tree trunks, tide pools, and sea stacks. Make sure you check the tide schedule so you can explore this expansive beach at low tide.
Kalaloch “Tree Root Cave”
The Kalach Tree Tree of Life is worth a quick stop on your way down to Seabrook. This large spruce tree spans a gap in between two coastal bluffs, magically hanging by the ends of its roots. Snap a quick picture under the tree before getting back on the road.
Pacific Beach State Park
Pacific Beach State Park is the second to last stop on your Washington coast road trip. This park is a great spot to get out, stretch your legs, and enjoy the beach. If you’re visiting in the spring, there’s a chance you will see a pod of whales migrating north for the summer.
Your Final Stop….Seabrook!
Finish your road trip in Washington’s Beach Town. Seabrook has everything you need for a relaxing and restful final stop. An assortment of fantastic restaurants, shops, and events await you in our Pacific Northwest oceanfront getaway. Extend your road trip into a stay in one of our premier cottage rentals. It’s also a great base camp for exploring the entire Olympic Peninsula if you want to go back for more (and you will)!