From the Valley of the Giants to the Valley of 10,000 Waterfalls, the Washington State Coast has something to offer everyone. Packing up the family and heading to the coast was the best decision we’ve made in a long time! The reminder of how much fun it can be to spend time together and explore a new destination is just what we needed to grow closer together.
We find that as the kids grow older and our lives get busier we don’t spend a lot of quality time together anymore. The seclusion of the Washington Coast was able to offer time for us to play board games, go on hikes, and just be together as a family.
No matter where you stay on the coast there are a bunch of easy day trips you can make including:
- Valley of 10,000 Waterfalls – either drive the loop or make it into an overnight backpack adventure
- Quinault Rainforest – one of only two temperate rain forests in the Northern Hemisphere
- Forks, WA – for all the Twilight fans out there
- Valley of the Giants – six champion conifer trees offer easy hikes from the car
- Olympic National Park – three parks in one with everything from mountains to tide pools
My advice is to pack a lunch, grab a map and hop in the car and enjoy the journey of the day. You never know where a hiking path might take you or what’s around the next corner in the Olympic National Park. Make sure you pack your rain gear, after all you are very close to a rain forest you are bound to see a bit of rain fall.
The best part of the journey is not having set plans and allowing time to explore. Stop in the little towns along the ocean and visit the local businesses, say hi and take the time to chat. Everyone is friendly and eager to share what they love about the region! Just remember to enjoy your time with the kids because before you know it they’ll be all grown up.