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Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park

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Ruby Beach is the northernmost of the southern beaches in the coastal section of Olympic National Park in the U.S. state of Washington. It is located on Highway 101, in Jefferson County, south of the town of Forks.Like virtually all beaches on the northern coast, Ruby Beach has a tremendous amount of driftwood. It is notable for the number of sea stacks there.The beach is so called because of the ruby-like crystals in the beach sand.
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  • Decided to stop here on our drive around the Olympic Peninsula, and so happy we did! I probably got some of my best trip pictures while at this beach...absolutely took my breath away! The beach has a ...  more »
  • What a beautiful beach. Perhaps not directly to swim but surely to walk, sit and photograph. Probably even more beautiful at a sunset but so during the day with a clear blue sky is also great. There is ample parking but pressure, fortunately, no longer on the beach on. Totally worth it.
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  • Woke up early to do the Ranger led tidepool walk on our first day there and it was amazing. The ranger told us what to look for and showed us where and how to find these amazing creatures. Great for l...  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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