Port Townsend. 56 mi from Seattle.  The entry point to the wilderness of Olympic National Park, this artsy enclave also has a lovely Victorian-era downtown. Dubbed the “City of Dreams,” the spread certainly is a bit dreamy: there are lots of chic boutiques, a cluster of seafood restaurants along the waterfront, and a yacht- and sailboat-dotted harbor. Take it all in, then explore the surrounding beaches and wilderness on foot.

Port Townsend, Seaside Serenity

Port Townsend. 56 mi from Seattle. The entry point to the wilderness of Olympic National Park, this artsy enclave also has a lovely Victorian-era downtown. Dubbed the “City of Dreams,” the spread certainly is a bit dreamy: there are lots of chic boutiques, a cluster of seafood restaurants along the waterfront, and a yacht- and sailboat-dotted harbor. Take it all in, then explore the surrounding beaches and wilderness on foot.

Rialto Beach Olympic National Park; my sister and I found a dead stingray on the beach and beautiful driftwood. It was so cold and windy that day

Rialto Beach Olympic National Park; my sister and I found a dead stingray on the beach and beautiful driftwood. It was so cold and windy that day

One mile north of Forks on Hiway 101, turn west on to the La Push Road (State Route 110). After traveling approximately eight miles, take the left fork on Highway 110 following the sign for La Push, and the Quileute Indian Reservation. After traveling another four miles look for the trailhead for Third Beach. Park in the lot and hike 1.3 miles to Third Beach. Down the beach to the left are the falls at a distance of about .6 miles.

One mile north of Forks on Hiway 101, turn west on to the La Push Road (State Route 110). After traveling approximately eight miles, take the left fork on Highway 110 following the sign for La Push, and the Quileute Indian Reservation. After traveling another four miles look for the trailhead for Third Beach. Park in the lot and hike 1.3 miles to Third Beach. Down the beach to the left are the falls at a distance of about .6 miles.

A wave rolls up below a large sea stack at Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington | Ethan Welty

A wave rolls up below a large sea stack at Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington | Ethan Welty

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