The main Long Beach, WA, attraction is the beach itself, all 28 miles of uninterrupted sandy shore stretching from the mouth of the Columbia River north to the entrance of Grays Harbor, which gives Long Beach its illustrious title of the longest beach in the country. Long Beach has a wooden boardwalk of almost .5-miles in length, which is perfect for walking, running, skating or picnicking. The boardwalk offers views of the North Head Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean and is a draw for visitors and locals. Another key Long Beach, WA, attraction is the city of Long Beach, a turn of the century resort town with restaurants, hotels, shops, museums, go-carts and carnival rides you can take advantage of. You can stay in Long Beach and participate in outdoor activities such as horseback riding, surf fishing and kite flying on the beach’s sandy shore. Kiting is a popular activity on the Long Beach Peninsula, and during the city’s annual kite festival in August brightly colored kites fly high and decorate the boardwalk in Long Beach.
Long Beach Peninsula Attractions: Lighthouses
Lighthouses are key Long Beach Peninsula attractions as there are two located at Cape Disappointment in the Ilwaco area. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, which has been operational since 1856, and the North Head Lighthouse, operational since 1898, have helped to guide ships over the bar at the mouth of the Columbia River, a treacherous graveyard for many ships that have lost their path. You can visit the lighthouse grounds and hike up the steep, 1.5-mile pull to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse to the oldest functioning lighthouse on the West Coast or view the lighthouse from the interpretive center. You can also climb the 69 steps to the North Head Lighthouse to enjoy scenic views of the Peninsula and Pacific Ocean that you won’t want to miss.