Touring the Peninsula: Exploration takes many shapes

Summertime exploration got a little easier with the recent arrival of Lor’s Tours to Washington’s southern coast, and it just got a little more stylish as the city of Long Beach wrapped its trolley in fanciful local art.

exploration on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

Lor’s Tours is a new addition to Long Beach Peninsula tour operators.

Lor’s Tours is the new kid on the block, but that doesn’t mean she’s rolling with training wheels! Lori’s 12-passenger bus has been converted into a tourism chariot that offers outdoor adventures, brewery tours, transportation for weddings and corporate retreats, and much more. The tour bus is complete with a wheelchair ramp and lift, so everyone can ride in style!

Lor’s Tours offers custom trips that crisscross the Washington-Oregon border. Adventures include kayaking, hiking and riding the zip lines at High Life Adventures Zip Line Tours in Warrenton, Ore.

Call Lori at 844.567.8687 for pricing and additional booking information.

A bit closer to home is the Long Beach Trolley, which has been touring the Peninsula for nearly a year. A recent makeover, however, has the 1992 Bertha Trolley looking like a new addition! The trolley has been wrapped in the whimsical work of local artists Don Nisbett, who owns the Don Nisbett Art Gallery in Ilwaco.

exploration on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

The Long Beach trolley wrapped in the work of local artist Don Nisbett.

Catch the trolley cruising the coast during a lighthouse party in June, the Washington State International Kite Festival in August, the Rod Run to the End of the World in September, the Cranberrian Fair in October and the ‘Ocian in View’ Cultural Weekend in November. Ride times will be determined as the events near. Call the city of Long Beach at 360.642.4421 for more trolley tips.

But what if you want to tour the Long Beach Peninsula without the whir of an engine in the background? Well, exploration options abound!

Back Country Horse Adventures in Long Beach offers horse rides on the beach, which is wide and typically without crowds, making it ideal for beginning buckaroos. Romantic and timeless, this is a slow-paced and authentic way to experience the Peninsula’s coastal beauty. One- and two-hour horse rides are available, as well as wagon rides and a Ribeye Ride that features freshly cooked steaks.

Another meandering adventure can be had with Willapa Paddle Adventures in Raymond, where the Willapa River wends its way into the bay. With a fleet of 10 kayaks and two cruising bicycles, this young business run by a young entrepreneur puts adventure at your fingertips.

Or you can explore the magic of the Columbia River with Capt. Christopher Lloyd of Columbia River Eco Tours in Astoria, Ore. The route passes Pier 39, the Coast Guard Station at Tongue Point and, often, groups of singing sea lions.

Upcoming events:

Peninsula Quilt Guild Show – March 18-20

Spring Break Family Kite Fun – March 18 – April 22

Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show – April 1-3

Long Beach Razor Clam Festival – April 9-10

Tokeland North Cove Art Studio Tour – April 16

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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