by Monica Cory
A great way to unwind any time of year is to immerse yourself in the tranquil Pacific Northwest natural scenery by taking on the best hikes near Ocean Shores, Washington.
Start by heading over to the popular coastal town and checking in at The Polynesian Resort. Oceanfront in Ocean Shores, you’ll find immaculate and roomy, condominium-style accommodations. Spacious 1-and 2- bedroom units include full kitchens, fireplaces and private balconies that line the beachfront sand dunes. There’s also a sparkling indoor pool, spa and sauna – perfect for unwinding after exploring the great outdoors.
When you step outside, and you’ll find the choices of sites to wander are limitless. Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera to document the wildlife you’re sure to encounter, especially deer, sea birds and marine life.
Stroll over the sand dune trails to a 6-mile stretch of sandy beaches. You might meet clam diggers harvesting the elusive edibles. Clam digging is a big draw in Ocean Shores, highlighted by the annual three-day Razor Clam Festival & Seafood Extravaganza in March.
Duck Lake, and its 23 miles of freshwater canals, sits adjacent to The Polynesian Resort. Here, you are sure to see more wildlife and you can access the popular and family- friendly Weatherwax Trail, winding 1.2 miles through 120 acres of old growth forest.
Head south of The Polynesian Resort and you’ll come to the North Jetty, where you can watch huge, rolling waves surge against the rock wall. Further on, Damon State Park, to the southwest of the peninsula, provides majestic views of the Olympic Mountains to the north, Grays Harbor to the east and the town of Westport to the south. Wildlife is abundant here too, and it’s not unusual to see seal families resting on the rocks.
Hiking is a great Ocean Shores activity for family bonding and cultivating lifelong memories with loved ones
Another great way to connect with your clan is by exploring vintage arcades, unique shops and classic attractions like mini-golf, go karts and bowling, In Ocean Shores, you’ll feel like a kid again.
Leave the hustle and bustle behind and book a stay at The Polynesian Resort, a landmark in Ocean Shores. You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel. Check out thepolynesian.com.