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My Summertime Destination: Rialto Beach at the Olympic Peninsula

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Kimberly enjoys sharing her love of camping and outdoor adventures. Spending time in nature is her all-time favorite, happy place!

Rialto Beach

Rialto Beach

Twilight Fans Most Desired Destination

Rialto Beach is 14 miles West of Forks, Washington, home of the famous vampire movie and book series. Twilight-obsessed fans flock to this quaint little town.

I will be sharing with you a personal account of my camping trip and visit to Rialto Beach as experienced with my traveling partner, a.k.a my husband.

The Picturesque Public Beach of the Rialto

We arrived at our first beach destination on our vacation itinerary early morning. This August summer day the temperatures were only in the mid-'50s and the sky above was a bit clouded and overcast.

The darkened day gave our experience at the beach a bit of a mood. The energy seemed to portray an almost ominous feeling. Nonetheless, we allowed our senses to be fully engulfed by the vast expanse of beach and relentless waves of ocean water.

Rialto was a visual paradise of large sea stacks, a pebbled beach, scattered driftwood, and a backdrop of trees along its shoreline.


"Hole in the Wall"

We had fully intended to take the mile and a half long stroll along the North shore of the beach to experience the "Hole in the Wall," a tourist's favorite attraction. Our plans had quickly changed as the tide fiercely approached us and water was frolicking at our feet along the shoreline. We made a good effort and got mid-way before turning around out of necessity.

Note to fellow visitors of the beach, make sure to check out the tide charts before planning your trip should you intend to stroll the shorelines.

Upon turning around we headed back towards a safer distance from the incoming tide and enjoyed the sights and sounds and smells of the ocean. The endless views of the water and the beach that expands out into the far distance were absolutely breathtaking.


"Smell the sea and feel the sky.

Let your soul and spirit fly."

— Van Morrison

The Ocean is Everything I Want to Be.



Wild and Free

The majestic sea stacks

The majestic sea stacks

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Ocean-Scape and Shoreline

Rialto Beach is heavily trafficked throughout the year. So much so that we did not find a single sand dollar, shell, or sea life along the shoreline.

What we did find was peace, tranquility, a romantic stroll, windswept hair, and a keen sense of personal empowerment that only the ocean can deliver.

The Hoh Rainforest

Upon leaving Rialto Beach we decided to explore the Hoh Rainforest. Unfortunately, we encountered lots of road construction on our way there only to catch up to a line of vehicles still waiting to enter the park.

The Hoh Rainforest was definitely a hot tourist attraction. Sadly we did not get to experience this destination as the parking lot was full and the estimated wait to enter the park was 3 hours long. We did a U-turn and decided to make our way to the beautiful Ruby Beach.

A visit to the Hoh will definitely remain on our bucket list of places to go back and see in the future.

Dispersed Camping

After visiting Rialto Beach in the morning and getting turned away at the Hoh Rainforest we then explored Ruby Beach. The evening was nearing and we were ready to find a campground to settle in for the night. We traveled along the Olympic Peninsula Loop only to find everything was already booked for the night.

August appears to be prime time in visiting the Olympic National Parks. With all the campsites full we kept on trekking until we found some backroads to explore. Miles off the beaten path we finally pulled over and decided to do a little bit of Boon Docking overnight.

We ended up in a wide pull-out location in the middle of nowhere next to a beautiful babbling brook. We had everything we needed for a comfortable night's stay.

The ocean wave

The ocean wave

"Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away."

— Sarah Kay

A Pleasurable Experience

Visiting Rialto Beach was a pleasurable experience for us. We wholeheartedly enjoyed our explorations. The stroll along the beautiful shoreline was definitely invigorating and brought all our senses alive in the moment.

A piece of Rialto Beach will remain in our memories forever. We highly recommend this to be a part of anyone's vacation destinations.

Panoramic view of Rialto Beach

Panoramic view of Rialto Beach

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