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Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park

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Take in the spectacular driftwood formations at Rialto Beach, a pebbly beach contained within Olympic National Park. It can be a bit of a scramble over logs and rocks to reach the beach, depending on the tide, but you'll be rewarded with great views. The picturesque beach offers a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean from Washington's west coast. The driftwood, both onshore and offshore, casts interesting patterns on the ocean's surface. Photographers will enjoy spending time playing with angles and perspectives offered by the intersecting pieces. Plan your Rialto Beach visit and explore what else you can see and do in Olympic National Park using our Olympic National Park trip itinerary maker.
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Where to stay in Olympic National Park

Many visitors to Olympic National Park choose to pitch a tent at one of 16 campgrounds, many of which stay open throughout the year. The park also offers a mix of lodge rooms, motel rooms, and cabins thanks to two lodges and two resorts. On the Pacific Coast, the Kalaloch Lodge stands as the most isolated of these. If you prefer to rest your head outside the park, consider staying in Port Townsend. This artsy waterside community northeast of the park offers plenty of inns and bed and breakfasts, but they fill up quickly in summer, so reserve ahead if possible. Port Angeles sits a bit closer to the park and offers more functional accommodations in the form of motels and hotels, though you'll also find waterfront inns and cottages in the area. Communities on the park's western side offer a rustic vibe, but they also take more time to get to if you're coming from Seattle.
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  • We too found out the hard way the beach was closed for road work. I didn't check the web site since there was no snow as many other NW sights had. They really need another way. First beach is a very n...  more »
  • I love this beach based on my previous visit in 2015. Last week, I tried to visit again and found out the hard way that the road to the beach is under repair until end of this month. Very disappointin...  more »
  • This was my favorite part of Olympic National Park and we saw a lot. To see a true pacific north west coastline was incredible. The jagged rocks, the big waves, the coves. It was amazing. You have to ...  more »