The northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula has some spectacular beaches, and Ruby Beach, one of the many beaches which are part of Olympic National Park, is my favorite when time is not an issue. At around 3 – 4 hours travel time from Seattle it is not a quick beach to get to, but regardless of the route travelled the journey there is a good part of the process. Although the parking area can get crowded on busy days, the combination of the beach being fairly rocky as well as requiring a trek down the bluff and over the driftwood tends to dissuade the more boisterous of beachgoers, and the number of vehicles which will fit in the available parking tends to limit numbers on the beach to a non-overwhelming amount.
It’s a shingle beach of sea stacks and rocks, in storms a spectacle of nature, at low tide a maze of tidepools to explore against the sound of offshore surf. At sunset it is simply brilliant.