Chinook, Washington 98614
Chinook is home to Fort Columbia State Park where the interpretive center features artifacts from the Chinook history, as well as restored historic barracks, gun emplacements and batteries. The park also features Vacation Rentals and a challenging trail system with spectacular views of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, and the Columbia River as it empties into the Pacific Ocean.
Ilwaco, Washington 98624
Ilwaco features a busy marina, a thriving art community, and some of the finest salmon and sturgeon fishing in the country. Home to two lighthouses, the southern end of Discovery Trail, and the Lewis and Clark National & State Historical Park, Ilwaco provides delights for both locals and visitors.
Long Beach, Washington 98631
The town of Long Beach is family friendly, featuring carnival rides, a full calendar of annual festivals, kite shops, video arcades, the World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame, bumper cars, and many more family-oriented activities. In summer, the town provides clowns, face-painting and other sidewalk entertainment for visitors, from juggling clowns to Mother Goose and lots of kid-friendly crafts and activities, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides.
Nahcotta, Washington 98637
Nahcotta is home to a busy fishing port and also benefits from the presence of highly sought-after oysters in the clean waters of Willapa Bay, still the largest clean water estuary in the United States. Visit the Willapa Bay Interpretive Center for a fascinating walk through this important industry.
Naselle, Washington 98638
Naselle traces its roots to Finnish families who settled there and made their living as loggers and fishermen. The community first flourished as a logging town, and logging remains the dominant private industry. Settled primarily by Finnish and Scandinavian immigrants, the community has maintained this cultural heritage despite a declining percentage of traditional family names.
Ocean Park, Washington 98640
Originally founded by the Methodist Church as a camp location, Ocean Park continues in the tradition of small seaside towns, with restaurants, family-owned businesses and resorts to welcome visitors. Ocean Park hosts a lively retail community, with a variety of retail shops, restaurants, fuel and grocery stores. Lodging of all types are available here, from camping and RV to hotel, bed and breakfast and vacation rental homes.
Oysterville, Washington 98641
The entire community of Oysterville is on the National Historic Register and the original one-room schoolhouse and church are still in use for community events. The church hosts summer vespers and the school is alive during the August Jazz & Oysters in Oysterville. The Oysterville Post Office is oldest continuously operating Post Office in Washington.
Raymond, Washington 98577
Known as the ‘Gateway to the Willapa’, Raymond has five miles of life-size metal sculptures along Hwy 101 and SR 6. The 200 sculptures replicate many aspects of local community history, including ducks, beavers, coyotes, and families at play, Native Americans, and a cluster of deer so lifelike that passers-by insist that they are real!
Seaview, Washington 98644
Seaview was once a depot on the Clamshell Railroad, the narrow gauge “train that ran with the tides” that ran up the Long Beach Peninsula from 1889 to 1930. There was only a platform and shed at Seaview until 1905 when a regular depot was built. The town remains a favorite retreat for visitors.
South Bend, Washington 98586
South Bend is known as the Oyster Capital of the World. Here you can visit the historic Pacific County Courthouse, with its magnificent art glass dome. The Courthouse, erected in 1910, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Also located in South Bend is the County Museum and Historical Society. Easily found on the main road (hwy 101), the Museum has a great selection of local history, a bookstore and personnel who can provide you with maps and information about the area.