Long Beach, WAAnchored on Washington's southwestern-most coast, the Long Beach Peninsula is rich in tradition, raw beauty and award-winning lodging and dining establishments. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River and Willapa Bay, this favorite vacation destination is a refuge for migrating birds and people seeking the solace of a seaside retreat.
Two lighthouses, military forts, museums and interpretive centers illuminate the Peninsula's rich history. It is here, where the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean meet, that Lewis and Clark realized President Jefferson's quest. Today's visitors find a wealth of attractions to feed an inquisitive mind and an adventurous spirit.
Leadbetter Point, the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Disappointment (aka Fort Canby) State Park, the Ilwaco Marina, and public beaches offer venues for kayaking, beach combing, bird watching, hiking, fishing charters, clam digging, horseback riding and kite flying. Strolling the Long Beach Boardwalk and the new Discovery Trail are also favorite pastimes.
Celebrations are held each month and every summer weekend. Notable are the Washington State International Kite Festival, SandSations sand sculpture competition, the Northwest Garlic Festival and 'Ocian in View' – a Lewis & Clark event held Veterans Day weekend.
Information courtesy Long Beach Visitors Bureau.