21 Best Beaches

Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

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Kalaloch Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
Photo: Michele Westmorland/Corbis

Kalaloch Beach

Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic National Park includes more than 70 miles of jaw-dropping coast spangled with soaring cliffs, tide pools, and untamed strands, including the driftwood-strewn beach at Kalaloch. From otters and puffins to the largest bald eagle population in the Lower 48, this stretch of coast is rich in wildlife. Chill on the gray sand and stare at the wild Pacific, knowing there is nothing but water between you and Siberia on the other side.

Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the rustic Kalaloch Lodge. Read our review.

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