|Beach going and hiking are some of the most popular recreational activities along the Washington Coast|
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As expected, coastal recreation provides significant economic and social benefits to coastal communities and the state—these include direct expenditures, as well as social benefits such as citizen enjoyment. In 2014, Washington residents took an estimated 4.1 million trips to the coast, with nearly 60 percent indicating their primary purpose was recreation. That recreation included a variety of activities including beach going (67%), sightseeing (62%), photography (36%) hiking and biking (33%), surfing/kayaking/boating (7%) and wildlife viewing (40%). When at the coast, the average respondent spent $117.14 per trip, translating to an estimated $481 million dollars in total direct expenditures for coastal communities and the state, through hotel visits, shopping, dining and other trip-related expenditures.
36% of respondents listed photography as one of their main activities over the past year
|The annual Clean Water Classic always brings a big crowd to the community of Westport where visitors spend their money on food & beverages, lodging & camping, and fuel. Photo credit: Mathew Marino|
|Map product with results from all recreational activities from the Opt-In portion of the study|