Long Beach Peninsula Washington
Looking out over Long Beach Peninsula’s 45 kilometers of beachfront from the North Head Lighthouse
Biking with an ocean view along the Discovery Trail
Crashing waves and dramatic scenery at Cape Disappointment State Park
Father and son sharing a moment on the Long Beach Boardwalk at sunset
Overlooking Willapa Bay from the aptly named village of Oysterville
Climbing the stump of a massive tree in Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Beards Hollow, a quiet stretch of beach at the south end of the peninsula
A tranquil marina in the fishing town of Port of Ilwaco
Cycling alongside historic landmarks in Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
Shorebirds along the beach in Ocean Park
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Explore Washington's Long Beach Peninsula, the longest beach in the USA
Tranquil Beaches, Abundant Nature
45 kilometers of pristine beach, dramatic basalt cliffs, deep old-growth forests and six state parks make the peninsula a natural wonderland. The beach invites exploration and relaxation. Available activities include horseback riding, bonfires, bike riding, photography and wildlife viewing. Look for humpback whales from the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park. Explore the remains of coastal forts. Wrap your arms around giant trees as you hike through the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Come during the fall migration for some of the best birding in the region. And don’t miss incredible photo opportunities at the North Head Lighthouse and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, the oldest functioning lighthouse on the West Coast of the USA. Enjoy panoramic views – and perhaps a vibrant sunset – from the Long Beach Boardwalk.
Maritime Culture & History
Explore the local seafaring tradition at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, part of the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park. Take a walk through working cranberry bogs at the Pacific Coast Cranberry Museum. Discover exciting local history at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and marvel at colorful kites from all over the planet at the World Kite Museum, which hosts the Washington State International Kite Festival. History buffs will love the wonderfully preserved buildings and weapons at Fort Columbia Historic State Park. Explore the 13.7-kilometer Discovery Trail, named in honor of the Lewis & Clark expedition, and find interpretive panels and art installations along the way.
Uniquely Long Beach
The Long Beach Peninsula is known for its ultra-fresh seafood, especially its oysters. Willapa Bay is one of the top-producing oyster regions in the world. The historic village of Oysterville at the peninsula’s north end offers sweeping views of the bay. Stop by Oysterville Sea Farm to buy fresh oysters to throw on the grill. Book a fishing trip out of Ilwaco on the peninsula’s southern end to experience world-class fishing with local experts. Visit any of the area’s seafood markets for some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest Dungeness crab, salmon, Albacore tuna and other delicious, fresh seafood.
With 45 kilometers of continuous beach, the Long Beach Peninsula has the longest beach in the USA.
Nearly half of the oysters in the USA come from the Willapa Bay.
The westernmost terminus of the Lewis & Clark expedition was at Cape Disappointment.
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