Long Beach Peninsula

photo courtesy: northwesttraveladvisor.com

photo courtesy: northwesttraveladvisor.com

Long Beach Peninsula is rich in tradition, raw beauty and award-winning lodging and dining establishments. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River and Willapa Bay, this favorite vacation destination is a refuge for migrating birds and people seeking the solace of a seaside retreat. With two lighthouses, military forts, museums and interpretive centers illuminate the Peninsula’s rich history. It is here, where the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean meet, that Lewis and Clark realized President Jefferson's quest. Other points of interest include Leadbetter Point, the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Disappointment (aka Fort Canby) State Park and the Ilwaco Marina. The public beaches offer venues for kayaking, beach combing, bird watching, hiking, fishing charters, clam digging, horseback riding and kite flying. Strolling the Long Beach Boardwalk and the new Discovery Trail are also favorite pastimes.