Our villages offer great seafood and delectable regional cuisine, comfortable lodging, cute shops, colorful festivals, and one-of-a-kind attractions. Surrounded by the mighty Pacific Ocean, the beautiful Columbia River and pristine Willapa Bay – Nature’s wonders are plentiful!
Take in a little slice of cultural paradise in our three new videos!
Significant U.S. History
In 1788, while seeking the Columbia River, English explorer Captain John Meares missed the passage. In his discouragement, he named the nearby headland Cape Disappointment. Captain William Clark and 11 others arrived at Cape Disappointment on November 18, 1805. The Cape Disappointment lighthouse began operating in 1856 and is the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. At the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, learn about The Corps of Discovery’s 18 days in Pacific County and culmination of their journey across the Continental U.S. Their voyage opened the path to westward expansion by land.
|Arts & Culture
Several one-of-a-kind museums and interpretive centers dot Pacific County
and the Long Beach Peninsula. At the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum,
explore the region’s history in the freight depot of the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company and four additional galleries. A colorful standout, the World Kite Museum is the only American museum dedicated exclusively to the art, science and history of kites. The Northwest Carriage Museum showcases exquisite Victorian-era carriages. The Cranberry Museum, Willapa Bay Interpretive Center, Marsh’s Free Museum and Pacific County Historical Society Museum are among the other great stops.
|Dine at the Source
Northwest Coast Culinary Adventures Acclaimed chefs have opened restaurants up and down the Peninsula. Drawn by the proximity to Willapa Bay oysters, Columbia River salmon, Dungeness crab, razor clams, wild mushrooms, and appetite enhancing fresh sea air, this talented group brings this delectable abundance to the diner’s table. Food festivals and seasonal markets also connect visitors with local foods, traditions and flavors.