Long Beach Boardwalk in southwestern Washington isn’t flanked with neon lights or cotton-candy vendors. The half-mile walkway is a more sublime summertime escape. Appearing almost suspended above grassy dunes, the wooden planks look onto stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, North Head Lighthouse, and a sandy beach that stretches more than 20 miles. Early risers will see shorebirds feeding as the day begins. At night, you can stargaze and watch the moon’s reflection sway on dune grass and ocean waves. The skies fill with color during the Washington State International Kite Festival in August.
Don’t Miss: Wood-oven-baked Willapa Bay oysters and ocean views at the nearby Scapece Restaurant & Bar Aperitivo followed by an evening boardwalk stroll.
Best Off-Boardwalk Deal: Making your own miniature kite at the World Kite Museum ($5 admission) then flying it on the boardwalk.