And there's so much to do along the Northern Pacific coast besides swimming. Try beachcombing, clamming, prime Washington State whale watching, and more. It's all right here -- including the top Seattle summer extravaganza at Seafair in July.
• The area around Alki Beach was named by the Chinook tribe meaning "eventually" or "by and by." Today, Alki Beach is considered one of Seattle's hippest, laid-back beach scenes.
• Stretching 28-miles long, Long Beach, WA is the largest and longest sandy beach in the Northwest.
• After missing the entrance to what was later named the Columbia River, English explorer John Meares dubbed the headland jutting out into the Pacific Ocean "Cape Disappointment." Today, Cape Disappointment State Park happily features 27 miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, camping and spectacularly scenic hiking trails.
• Deception Pass State Park (Whidbey Island) was named by early explorers who mistakenly assumed Whidbey Island was a peninsula. Today - for real - the island encompasses one of the most popular state parks in Washington, with one of the most beautiful beaches in the Puget Sound area.
More about Washington State beaches around the Web:
Washington State Parks - Water and Beach Activities - A brief overview of the best beaches to visit, including Cape Disappointment, Grayland Beach, Griffith-Priday, Joseph Whidbey, and Sequim Bay, with photos and further descriptions, maps and driving directions.
Beaches Seattle - This is the official city Parks and Recreation site with locations, beach hours and amenities, maps and directions for Green Lake Park, Matthews Beach, Seward Beach, Pritchard Island and more.