La Push, home of the Quileute Tribe
Reservation, is an 800-year-old Indian fishing village bordering the Pacific Ocean. The name was derived from the French word "la bouche" meaning mouth - a reference to the mouth of the Quillayute River here.
The area's resorts, camping, bottom fishing and beach walking are year-round attractions. During May and June, it's possible to spot whales playing just offshore.
An old Coast Guard quarters and lighthouse is now used as a Quileute school. A trail near La Push winds through the forest to secluded Second and Third beaches, which are dotted with sea stacks, rocks and driftwood.
Rialto Beach, which can be reached by car, often has spectacular piles of weathered logs and driftwood. Nearby are a campground and the trailhead for an 18-mile hike to Cape Alva.
La Push is west of Forks in Clallam County.