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What can you tell me about Ocean Shores WA?

Old Jun 7, 15, 12:51 pm
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What can you tell me about Ocean Shores WA?

Planning a week in late August in Ocean Shores WA for my husband's birthday. Any ideas for must-sees and must-dos, both right in the area, but also possible day-trips from there. We will be flying to SEA and spending a couple of days in the big city before we pick up a rental car and head west. We're staying at a mini-apartment in the area and looking forward to a laid-back week - hiking, enjoying seafood, ... [suggestions]

Would appreciate any tips and ideas for our time there.
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Old Jun 8, 15, 12:55 pm
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Not my favorite place on the coast, but there are a couple of pretty terrific day trips possible.

1. Head north to Lake Quinault Lodge and do the loop drive (or numerous short walks) through the Quinault rain forest, stopping to see some of the biggest conifers in the world. Lake Quinault itself is beautiful, lunch in the old lodge is pretty cool. http://www.quinaultrainforest.com/index.html Continue north to Kalaloch and Ruby Beach, one of the incredible rocky beaches along the Pacific coastal strip of Olympic National Park. http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisi...ruby-beach.htm

You're looking at ca. 1 hour to Quinault, then Ruby Beach is another hour up US 101, so with stops at both you're looking at a pretty full (but terrific) day.

2. Head south (by east) to Ilwaco and Cape Disappointment State Park on the Washington side of the mouth of the Columbia River. There are lighthouses, rocky beaches, a great Lewis and Clark interpretive center, and the bridge over the Columbia to Astoria is downright jaw-dropping. Because you have to travel via Hoquiam and Aberdeen, this takes around 2 hours from Ocean Shores, so, again, a full day counting sightseeing, but VERY rewarding. http://capedisappointment.org/

Another hour past Cape Disappointment (via Astoria) is Ecola State Park, just outside the popular (and rather touristy) Cannon Beach. Ecola has beautiful rocky shoreline, usually some wildlife about (seals and such) and Cannon Beach has plenty of twee shops and decent cafes. http://www.oregonstateparks.org/inde...age&parkId=136
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Old Jun 11, 15, 4:25 pm
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Appreciate your insights Gardyloo. Will definitely follow up on your recommendations.

Can you share why this is not your favourite place? Better options elsewhere, or something specific wrong here?

Anyone have any advice on where to buy fresh fish. I believe there is an IGA in town, but if there is a local fish market (we will have a car) around there, I would love to check it out. We're on the coast, so the idea of grilling fresh fish on the BBQ has a lot of appeal!
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Old Jul 13, 15, 10:43 am
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Originally Posted by catgirl View Post
Better options elsewhere, or something specific wrong here?
Both types of beaches are nice. Ocean Shores is easier to reach from most locations; it has a long, straight beach, whereas the more-northern beaches, such as Ruby Beach, are rugged, with small rocky islands (sea stacks), and are at the edge of the forest.

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