Best for Seclusion
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Salt Creek Recreation Area, Washington

An avalanche of lush, temperate forest sweeps down from the foothills of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, crashing into the north shore at Salt Creek, where the beaches, tidelands, and trailheads provide an ideal staging area for camping hikers and kayakers looking to lose themselves in untamed Pacific Northwest wilderness. To get to this Clallam County park, drive about 15 miles west of Port Angeles. Camp under the stars to watch the lights of British Columbia flicker across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.