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Panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier await at this calm beach oasis. (Image: Washington State Parks)

5 stunning Washington parks - with beaches!

Goodness know that Washington state has some beautiful parks - but what we really want to know, especially in summer, is...which of those parks have the best beaches?! Hard to come by in the PNW, but once you find a good one - hold on tight!

Spencer Spit State Park
Located on Lopez Island, this park sports stunning views of the surrounding islands and features a rare sand spit enclosed by a salt-chuck lagoon. Crabbing and wildlife viewing are just a couple of the offerings at this campground. Families will enjoy the Junior Ranger interpretive program that runs between July 5 and Labor day. The park is accessible by Ferry, reservations can be made through their website.

37 standard campsites, 7 primitive sites, 2 restrooms, no showers, no hookups
March-October, $25-35 per night

Birch Bay State Park
Near the U.S. – Canada border, Birch Bay State Park is a large coastal park full of clams and other shellfish ready to be harvested (with proper licensing). Known for warmer waters, you can also enjoy an afternoon of sailing or windsurfing here. Also close to the park is the popular Birch Bay Waterslides Park, a family favorite.

147 standard campsites, 20 partial-hookup sites, 2 primitive sites, 8 restrooms, 18 showers
May-Sept, $25-40 per night

Camano Island State Park
Panoramic views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier await at this calm beach oasis. Take a serene hike on the forest loop trails or explore over 6,700 feet of rocky shores. Just 1-mile away, walk the trail connecting to the neighboring Cama Beach Park. This park offers 5 cabins available to reserve 9 months in advance. Plan early as they book up extremely fast for peak season rentals.

88 standard sites, 5 cabins, 2 primitive sites, 2 restrooms, 2 showers, no hookups.
All campsites are first come, first served, year-round $25-35 per night
Cabins operate year-round, $57-70 per night

Deception Pass State Park
Washington’s most visited state park, Deception Pass is located on an astounding 3,854 acres, with 77,000 feet of saltwater shorelines and 33,900 feet of freshwater shorelines on three lakes. Swim and fish in Cranberry Lake, hike through miles of forests and bluffs, look for birds and whales, explore coves and cliffs, walk across Deception Pass bridge and take in the breathtaking views that seem endless at this unbelievably beautiful park. Learn the Civilian Conservation Corps history at Bowman Bay and visit one of Washington’s largest remaining old-growth forests, Hoypus Forest.

172 standard sites, 134 partial-hookup sites, 5 primitive sites, 20 restrooms, 10 showers
Year-round, $25-40 per night

Cape Disappointment State Park
At the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River, Cape Disappointment is home to the Lewis & Clark interpretive center and filled with Northwest history. Visit the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse for stunning views of the cliffs and sea. Build sand-castles, fly kites, and hike through 8 miles of trails, including through old-growth forest. Benson Beach is a popular destination for clam-digging or you can launch your boat from Baker Bay.

137 standard campsites, 60 full-hookup sites, 18 partial-hookup sites, 5 primitive sites, 14 yurts, 3 cabins, 8 restrooms, 14 showers
Year-round, $25-45 per night
Cabins and yurts operate year-round $57-70 per night