Best Secret Beaches on Earth

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These beach hideaways are understated, unexpected, and—at least for now—under the radar.

Salt Creek Recreation Area, Washington

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Twilight fans know Clallam County for the town of Forks, where Bella and Edward met. The northern edge of the region, however, has its own claims to fame. Tide pools at Tongue Point draw beachcombers and oceanography students; history buffs explore the remnants of World War II military base Camp Hayden; and everyone can appreciate views of Victoria, B.C., across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca. Visitors can stay at lodges on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park or in Port Angeles, which offers charming B&Bs like the George Washington Inn, a re-creation of the first president’s mansion on a lavender farm. (Doubles from $235.)

—David A. Keeps

Best Secret Beaches on Earth

Salt Creek Recreation Area, Washington

Twilight fans know Clallam County for the town of Forks, where Bella and Edward met. The northern edge of the region, however, has its own claims to fame. Tide pools at Tongue Point draw beachcombers and oceanography students; history buffs explore the remnants of World War II military base Camp Hayden; and everyone can appreciate views of Victoria, B.C., across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca. Visitors can stay at lodges on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park or in Port Angeles, which offers charming B&Bs like the George Washington Inn, a re-creation of the first president’s mansion on a lavender farm. (Doubles from $235.)

—David A. Keeps

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