An out-of-the-way and hard-to-get-to vacation spot, La Push, Washington, won’t disappoint. It is one of the most beautiful hidden gems in the U.S.
Catering to wildlife enthusiasts and outdoor adventure lovers, La Push is the home of the Quileute Indian tribe, who run the Oceanside Resort on the Pacific, with accommodations ranging from RV sites to luxury cabins right on the water.
Located on the Olympic Peninsula, La Push’s haunting scenery is perfect when it’s shrouded in mist; you can faintly make out the islands just off shore and the evergreens on the surrounding peaks. It is known for it’s raw and wild beaches, which draw surfers and sea kayakers alike to the Northwest Pacific’s spectacular waves, especially in January.
The River’s Edge Restaurant in La Push offers amazing views of pelicans trying to seize their nightly meal as the fishing boats come in hauling their daily catch.
Nearby attractions include the Olympic National Park, which has offerings from hiking, hot springs, and beaches to bird and wildlife viewing. Bald eagles, harbor seals, gray whales, and otters are just a few animals that are easy to spot on a hike in the park. One of the most impressive sections in the park is the Hoh Rain Forest. The Hall of Mosses trail in the rainforest is less than a mile long and has the most ethereal and other-worldly scenery, brought out by the endless sodden, rainy days of the region; it is said that J.R.R. Tolkien couldn’t have imagined a place like this. The rainforest is also the home to the Solduc Hot Springs. The hot springs are a great way to relax by one of the most beautiful rivers in Washington. There is a $10 fee per vehicle at the park, which is good for a seven-day pass.
Nearby, the town of Port Angeles has a little bit more by way of urban activities, eateries, and cheap accommodations. It is an old fishing and lumber town with an interesting history. With its ferry service that runs to Victoria, Canada, and quick links to the Puget Sound, it ensures that there is always a stream of visitors to the Peninsula’s myriad activities. Port Angeles includes some great seafood restaurants, including The Crab House, which showcases amazing views across the water.
The Olympic Peninsula’s breathtaking scenery and ruggedness is even more appreciated by the lengths that some will have to take to get to the area by plane, ferry, and automobile. Don’t miss this spectacular, uninhibited area; it’s more than worth the trip!