It’s not all go-carts and saltwater taffy in this quintessential beach town, though there’s plenty of that to keep beach lovers happy. From cranberries to Lewis and Clark, the region’s cultural heritage is everywhere. And with miles of trails and wild beaches to explore, opportunities to immerse yourself in nature are abundant as well.
The town of Long Beach is a true beach town, a scarcity on the Washington coast. Bike rentals, kite shops and funky junk stores line the main drag. Midsummer brings throngs of families in search of fun, and they usually find it. Up the skinny peninsula, the historic town of Oysterville makes for a nice walking tour, and Leadbetter Point State Park offers miles of wild ocean beach on one side and bay beach on the other. Include a stop at nearby Cape Disappointment State Park at the south end of the Peninsula for a dose of nature and history, and check out the cool fishing town of Ilwaco while you’re down there.
Read on for our guide to a fantastic getaway to the Long Beach Peninsula.