Best Things To Do Along The Olympic Peninsula at Olympic National Park

Best Things To Do Along The Olympic Peninsula at Olympic National Park

The Olympic Peninsula is a wonderland of natural beauty, with a wide variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. And if you're looking for a true gem on the Peninsula, look no further than Ruby Beach at Olympic National Park. Here are just a few of the best things to do along the Olympic Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the beauty and adventure of Ruby Beach:

  1. Explore the Beach: Ruby Beach is one of the most stunning beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, with its rugged sea stacks, dramatic outcroppings, and miles of driftwood-strewn shoreline. Take a stroll along the beach, and let the natural beauty take your breath away.

  2. Hike the Trails: The Olympic Peninsula is home to miles and miles of hiking trails, including several that lead to Ruby Beach. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging trek, you're sure to find a trail that suits your needs.

  3. Watch for Wildlife: From bald eagles soaring overhead to playful seals bobbing in the surf, Ruby Beach is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Keep your eyes peeled for all kinds of fascinating creatures as you explore the area.

  4. Take in the View: Whether you're watching the sunset over the horizon or gazing out at the mist-shrouded sea stacks, the views from Ruby Beach are truly awe-inspiring. Be sure to bring your camera, and capture the memories forever.

  5. Relax and Unwind: With its peaceful, tranquil atmosphere, Ruby Beach is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Pack a picnic, stretch out on the sand, and let the stress of everyday life melt away.

Whether you're a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or simply someone looking for a little peace and quiet, the Olympic Peninsula and Ruby Beach have something for everyone. So why wait? Start planning your trip today, and discover the wonders of this incredible region for yourself. 

Exploring the Pacific Coastline

The coastal portion of the park is a rugged, sandy beach along with a strip of adjacent forest. It is 60 miles long but just a few miles wide. While some beaches are primarily sand, others are covered with heavy rock and very large boulders.

    Tidepool Activities

    The most popular tidepools areas are at Kalaloch's Beach 4 and Mora's Hole in the Wall. Rangers offer programs at both locations. Second Beach, Third Beach, Ruby Beach and many other coastal wilderness locations are also excellent places to view intertidal life in the park.


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