8 Best North American Beaches For Exploring Tide Pools

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shi shi beach

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Shi Shi Beach: Olympic National Park, Washington

Named "best nature beach" by the Travel Channel, Shi Shi is considered by many to have the best tide pools in the lower 48. Found within the spectacular Olympic National Park, the beach is studded with sea stacks, bluffs, arches and plenty of tide pools.

You'll find an abundance of mussels along with sea stars, razor clams, limpets, chitons, hermit crabs and sea cucumbers. But go for the sea anemones. Shi Shi has some of the best to offer. Only one caveat (or boon, depending on your perspective) -- it's a two-mile hike to the pools.