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Driving the Washington Coast from Westport to Tokeland, a short trip full of quirky surprises

With 157 miles of Pacific coastline, there are plenty of options for exploring the Washington Coast. #k5evening

Disclaimer: This episode is an encore presentation of KING 5's Evening.

The Washington Coast is a roll on the beach. Many stretches of sand are open to vehicle access.

It's a reach for the sky. The Grays Harbor Lighthouse in Westport is the state's tallest.

It's fresh off the boat. Check out Tokeland's Nelson Crab.

Mostly, the Washington Coast is full of surprises. Like the Furford Manufacturing Company's Cranberry Museum in Grayland. Here, you'll uncover the history of machines used to harvest cranberries, and learn something new. Bet you didn't know most cranberry bogs aren't bogs at all, but dry fields where ingeniously reliable machines are used to harvest them.

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Down the road, you'll find the historic Tokeland Hotel, and the nearby studio of artist Jeffro Uitto, a driftwood visionary.

At the aptly named Washaway Beach, you may run into another local artist, Senja Antilla, at the end of an ever-shortening road that's being swallowed by the sea. Antilla is documenting the homes claimed by America's fastest eroding shoreline. She collects the fragments of washed-away homes to create colorful tributes to relentless loss and the power of the sea.

Hers is just one story among the thousands you'll find along the unforgettable Washington Coast.

The Washington Coast was the winner for Best Road Trip in 2018's Best Northwest Escapes contest sponsored by Washington's Playground. 

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Disclaimer: This episode is an encore presentation of KING 5's Evening.

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