La Push is a small community in Washington that can be found on the coast just 14 miles from the city of Forks. Home to the Quileute Tribe, it boasts the westernmost ZIP Code in the contiguous United States (98350) and is situated about as far north as you can go if you want to enjoy Washington’s Pacific Coast beaches. In addition to being home to the Quileute Tribe, La Push is known for its natural beauty and its whale-watching opportunities. Other features of the community include a full service seasonal restaurant, a small museum and a portion of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.
The Quileute Tribe has been keen in recent years to increase tourism in the La Push area. These efforts have no doubt benefitted from the fame that the vampire-themed Twilight book and movie series has brought to the region. Oceanfront resorts provide enticing places to stay for those who are treating themselves to La Push escapes, and a series of new luxury cabins have been built. For the boating crowd, the revamped Quileute Marina is a great place to dock and can accommodate between 40 to 60 boats.
Quileute Oceanside Resort
Quileute Oceanside Resort
The Quileute Oceanside Resort is a multi-faceted lodging establishment, offering 33 deluxe oceanfront cabins to go with its 14 motel units, its campsites and its full service RV park. The accommodations range in comfort and price and can thus fit a wide array of tastes and budgets. The higher priced cabins feature kitchens, propane fireplaces and jetted tubs. There are also more affordable cabins with either kitchens, kitchenettes or two-burner hot plates. Kitchens or kitchenettes are also available in the motel rooms, and for those who are rolling up in their RVs, there are full hookup sites. As is true of the Kalaloch Lodge, which is found to the south of La Push in the resort community of Kalaloch, the Quileute Oceanside Resort does its best to avoid putting certain things in its rooms, such as phones and televisions. This encourages guests to enjoy a more true and relaxing departure from the outside world. The address for the Quileute Oceanside Resort is 330 Ocean Drive, (P.O. Box 67).
Shi Shi Beach Camping
La Push - Shi Shi Beach Camping
For outdoor enthusiasts, La Push camping is a great lodging option to consider when visiting Washington’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The local RV park provides a good place to set up camp if you please, and it is also possible to camp at Second Beach. This beach is one of three beaches that can be found just south of La Push. The other two beaches are First Beach and Third Beach. A few forested sites are available at Second Beach, and it is also possible to go beach camping there. Permits are required to camp at Second Beach and groups cannot exceed 12 people at any given time. Permits are available at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles or at the South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station.
Another good place for beach camping in the general La Push area of Washington is Shi Shi Beach. Found north of La Push up towards the northernmost point of the Olympic Peninsula, Shi Shi Beach also has sites that are located either in the forest or scattered along the beach itself. Permits for camping at Shi Shi Beach can be obtained in person at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles or at the Forks Recreation and Information Center. It can get pretty crowded at Shi Shi Beach during the summer, so warm weather visitors should expect company, especially on the weekends.