2.5 hours from Portland; 3.5 hours from Seattle
Located on Washington’s southwestern coast where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach is rich with coastal beauty and fresh Northwest Cuisine.
Follow a path that leads to a sky full of kites and you’ll find yourself in Long Beach. The city offers an endless list of adventures and attractions, from kayaking and clam digging to horseback riding and bird watching. A favorite among locals and visitors alike are the two lighthouses, Cape Disappointment and North Head, which are both fully functional and open year-round.
Long Beach is also home to the Washington State International Kite Festival, a weeklong kite celebration and competition held annually during the third week of August, that brings people from all over the world. If you prefer to keep your competition on the ground, join in the SandSations, an annual sand sculpture competition. Another beloved pastime is exploring Discovery Trail, which stretches eight miles from Ilwaco to North Long Beach and commemorates the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
There are shorebirds galore along these 11 miles of Pacific Ocean beach. Spring and fall migrations feature plovers, sandpipers, dowitchers and dunlins, plus brown pelicans in the summer. For more birding information, see the Southwest Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail map.
Special Transportation Services. You will want to make use of the Long Beach Trolley when visiting the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The general parking area is below the center, with a switchback, paved trail visitors can walk up to visit the Center. Groups can rent use of the Long Beach Trolley, which is permitted to drive up to the level of the center.