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great places to watch storms on the West Coast. Monterey, Calif. Can you believe TV reporters here call storm aficionados “extreme beachgoers”? While locals are used to the wild storms that hit this legendary beach town in winter, they’re just getting used to storm tourism. No worries. Head for Asilomar State Beach, a long stretch of white sand — balmy some days, savage on others. Harbor seals hang out there in between storms.

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Waves breaking late afternoon at Asilomar State Beach, Calif.

La Push, Wash. “Twilight” fans swoon over First Beach, the sandy stretch where Bella uncovered vampire Edward’s secrets. Storms are gigantic; the dramatic shore and sea stacks are blissfully primitive. The Quileute tribe once plied these turbulent waters in cedar canoes. Now their reservation owns the westernmost ZIP code in the contiguous U.S.: 98350.Storm watchers also love Lake Quinault and Kalaloch to the south.

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10 great places to watch storms on the West Coast -- La Push, WA Pic By: Kris Wiktor/Alamy

great places to watch storms on the West Coast. Cannon Beach, Ore. Wind-whipped headlands. Horizontal rain. No wonder Cannon Beach won KING-TV’s Best Northwest Storm Watching 2012 award. . Explore the sands near towering Haystack Rock and then follow the surfers to Ecola State Park. Climb through stands of Sitka spruce on Indian Beach Trail for a stunning ocean view. High winds will nearly blow you off the headlands.

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Winter Getaways in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming: Winter Storm Rolling in at Ecola State Park in Oregon

Vancouver Island’s wet, western coast is treacherous. Known as “the graveyard of the Pacific,” it’s sunk many a ship. Ferocious waves roll in from Japan and wallop the sands of Long Beach, known for its old-growth cedar. Drive 26 miles south to tiny Ucluelet. Follow the Wild Pacific Trail, where legend says giant waves can splash over Amphitrite Lighthouse. Pacific Rim National Park is a regional must-see, too.

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Gold Beach, Ore Powerful waves strike pummel this craggy beach on gorgeous Highway 101, near where Oregon turns into California. Catch the action from your car or an oceanfront motel. Locals recommend beachcombing on the sunny, carefree days après storm, when you might find Japanese glass floats, starfish and agates. Also check out Shore Acres State Park near Coos Bay, where waves explode against mighty black cliffs.  great places to watch storms on the West Coast

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10 great places to watch storms on the West Coast Gold Beach, OR

Golden afternoon light illuminates granite boulders on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, NV.

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Golden afternoon light illuminates granite boulders on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, NV.

great places to watch storms on the West Coast.Pacific City, Ore Storm watching is a community sport in this rocky outpost. Locals boast about 75-mph winds that roar like freight trains. In nice weather, they drive to Cape Kiwanda to launch their dories. In winter, they can see the surf slam into sheer cliffs with explosive force. The Inn at Cape Kiwanda will let you storm-watch with your dog.

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10 great places to watch storms on the West Coast: Pacific City, Oregon

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