10 Inspiring Places for Groups to Visit in the Long Beach Peninsula

10 InspiringBring your camera, a sketchbook, or a journal because these iconic spots in the region are going to be a hit with your groups! Each location offers a feast for the senses with smells, sights, and stories. 

  1. Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and State Park have windswept cliffs, the fragrance of salt water in the air, and the iconic view of a lighthouse on a bluff overlooking the ocean. 
  2. North Head Lighthouse, a short walk is long on views! 
  3. Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center provide sweeping views of the ocean and a look into the footsteps of 32 adults and one toddler as they faced the most dangerous foe of their historical three-year trip.
  4. Cranberry bogs during harvest offer an incredible experience for groups. Watch the harvest, tour the museum, hear the stories behind the industry here in the region and meet local growers. The vibrant berries have been grown commercially in the region for more than a century!
  5. Discovery Trail, when groups stroll along this trail they’ll be introduced to art, history, and scenery.  You may be inspired by the remembering the difficult journey of Lewis and Clark near the basalt monolith and statue of Clark standing over a sturgeon. Not only are there breathtaking scenes along the trail but this is a wonderful way for groups to get outside and explore the forests, sand dunes, and beach. 
  6. Port of Ilwaco, walk the boardwalk as it meanders through the marina this working marina is scenic and a great place to see sculptures, shorebirds, and fishing boats. 
  7. Waikiki Beach has dramatic waves and a view of the lighthouse. This is one of the most photographed places on the West Coast and no visit to Long Beach is complete without a visit to the beach.
  8. Dead Man’s Cove offers incredible old growth trees and amazing views. Groups with mobility issues, please note there’s no maintained path to get down there but you can still get an amazing view from above. 
  9. Oysterville, history is so picturesque! From the wooden street signs to the mossy picket fence, the entire town is on the historic registry!
  10. Willapa Bay is home to some of the most-productive oyster grounds in the world! During select times of the year, groups are allowed to go oyster picking along the Nahcotta Tidelands, although a shellfish permit is needed. A visit here will share sandy beaches, dune grasslands, coastal pine forests, and wildlife.

For insider tips on planning tours to each of these spots, and/or for group lodging, dining or transportation contact Ragan Myers, Tourism and Events Coordinator. 

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