The Long Beach Peninsula is home to a string of throwback beach towns. Here time ticks a little more slowly. Museums highlight the region’s historical heritage and illuminate the Peninsula’s past.This is Lewis & Clark country. Here some of the best exploration takes place on foot. Hike or bike the 8.5-mile Discovery Trail. The trail connects Long Beach WA and Ilwaco. Follow William Clark’s ocean-side hike on a path dotted with interpretive signs, historical art and vantage points. Modern-day explorers traverse numerous parks.Visit state parks, a national historic park and a national wildlife refuge. Search for the hundred-plus geocaches hidden up and down the Peninsula.
The Peninsula’s world-class beach doubles as a playground. Here horseback riding, fat bike riding and surfing are popular activities. This 28-mile stretch of sand has been voted one of the best beaches in the country.As a result, the area hosts more than 70 annual festivals and celebrations.
Attend the vibrant Washington State International Kite Festival in August. View the colorful skies above Long Beach WA. Kiters from all over the world compete in this week long festival. Take advantage of the best razor clamming in the Pacific Northwest. Attend the annual Razor Clam Festival held each April. Willapa Bay is one of the best-producing oyster grounds in the world. Consequently, Long Beach and the peninsula have an abundance of fresh oysters. The region’s waters are renowned for salmon, tuna, sturgeon, halibut and bottom fishing.
Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn is tucked in the dunes and has easy access to the Discovery Trail. Enjoy a hearty hand crafted breakfast before exploring the local beaches.
Long Beach WA Weather and Getting There
Long Beach WA weather is mild year around. The average summer day time high is in the mid 60’s and summer nighttime lows can reach 50 degrees. In winter expect average daytime highs in the low 50’s and nighttime lows around 40 degrees.
Long Beach WA is a short 2-½ hour drive NW of Portland. From Seattle, it is a 3-½ mile drive via I-5 and US 101.
Things to do in Long Beach Washington
Walks and Hikes
- Waikki Beach Cape Disappointment
- Bella’s View Cape Disappointment
- Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
- Boardwalk, Long Beach
- Saturday Market, Illwaco
- WA State International Kite Festival
- Cranberrian Fair
- Long Beach Razor Clam Festival
- Wild Mushroom Celebration