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Add history to your holiday this Presidents' Day weekend

Make the most of your Presidents’ Day weekend with a late-February trip to the Pacific Northwest’s favorite coastal retreat.

Got three days off instead of the usual two? Even better! Triple your holiday fun with a three-day weekend at the beach. Winter weekends on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula equal miles of open beach, no lines at your favorite restaurants and plenty of rest and relaxation.

Presidents’ Day

oysterville history Presidents' Day

Oysterville was placed on the National Register of Historic Districts in 1976.

And there are few better times than Presidents’ Day to couple your holiday with a bit of history. Museums dot Pacific County, from the Columbia-Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco to the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond. Learn about local cranberry lore at the Cranberry Museum & Demonstration Farm in Long Beach or visit the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Cape Disappointment State Park, which is closed Presidents’ Day, but open before and after. And be sure to head to Oysterville, a small village on the north end of the peninsula that was placed on the National Register of Historic Districts in 1976.

No two people better embody Pacific County history than Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The two explorers visited the region in 1805 during their famous overland journey from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. More than 200 years later, the explorers’ spirit continues to inspire travel throughout the region.

Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark history Presidents' Day

Follow Lewis & Clark’s footsteps on the Discovery Trail between Ilwaco and Long Beach.

While on the Peninsula, stop by the Visitors Bureau in Seaview and request a copy of “The Washington Experience of the Lewis & Clark Expedition”, a pamphlet detailing the Corps of Discovery’s final stretch along the Columbia River. Sites in Pacific County include Dismal Nitch, Station Camp, Fort Columbia State Park and Cape Disappointment State Park, most of which are part of the Lewis & Clark National and State Historical Parks. Cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Oregon and visit sites like Tongue Point, Fort Clatsop and Salt Works.

And be sure to walk, jog, cycle or skate the Discovery Trail, which follows William Clark’s footsteps for more than eight miles between Ilwaco and Long Beach. Enjoy trail-side art like a whale skeleton, Clark’s Tree and other installations that detail local history, flora and fauna.

Upcoming events:

FisherPoets Gathering – Feb. 24-26

World Kite Museum Spring Fundraiser – March 11

Peninsula Quilt Guild Quilt Show – March 17-19

Spring Break Family Kite Fun – mid-March to mid-April

Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show – April 7-9

Savings & coupons:

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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 ask@funbeach.com.

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