Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park

4.7
#3 of 24 in Beaches in Washington State
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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  • August 13, 2017
    The fun of exploring around the Hole in the Wall and finding starfish and amenones in brilliant colors in the beauty of this rock formation and beach was an awesome, unique, not to be missed experienc...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Did a hike to hole in the wall and back with our 3 year old. Great scenery and we were amazed at the wildlife we saw. 2 bald eagles perched on a highly rock and even a group of river otters that were ...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Well worth the drive over to the beach. The amount and size of the driftwood is amazing. Great picnic area. Good paths down to the beach. Amazing views even with the smoke from BC Forest fires.  more »

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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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