Nestled along the majestic Pacific coastline, Washington State’s beaches offer an unparalleled escape into nature. With their unique blend of rugged beauty and serene tranquility, these shores captivate the hearts of both locals and visitors alike. In an exciting recognition, two places in Washington have ranked among the 20 best beach towns in America in a new study.

The ranking comes from Trips to Discover and winners were chosen based on “their combination of summertime charm and pristine shoreline for the perfect warm-weather getaway.”

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The ranking is listed in no particular order with each beach town getting its own special recognition highlighting its best attributes. Beaches varied in location with several on the west coast as well as some in New Jersey and Florida.

The two places in Washington that made the ranking are Long Beach and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.


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Long Beach’s highlights included its 25 miles of beach and State Parks as well as “two historic lighthouses, cranberry bogs, and oyster farms.” It is also home The Washington State International Kite Festival which is the largest and longest running Kite Festival in North America.


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Friday Harbor was recognized for its abundance of wildlife, beaches and of course the ferry ride you take to get there. It’s also close to world renowned whale watching destination, Lime Kiln.

Best of all, both places can be visited as day trips, weekend getaways or even a longer stay. With that, get out there and enjoy Washington’s beach towns while you can!