Ilwaco attractions

Top Choice Park in Ilwaco

Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park (2 miles southwest of Ilwaco) is home to wild beaches, sea-smashed cliffs, the remains of Fort Canby and 8 miles of forested hiking trails that take in its two towering lighthouses. Le…
Lighthouse in Ilwaco

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

From the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, a hiking trail leads half a mile to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Built in 1856, it's the oldest such structure still in use on the West Coast.
Lighthouse in Ilwaco

North Head Lighthouse

The more scenic of Cape Disappointment's two lighthouses, this 1898 beauty is found at the end of a short trail with views out to sea. Call the park for info on the tours.
Museum in Ilwaco

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

A state-of-the-art museum tracing the journey of Lewis and Clark, the center has a fittingly dramatic location on a high bluff overlooking the point where the Columbia River meets the Pacific.
Ruins in Ilwaco

Fort Canby

There's little left of Fort Canby (1852) nowadays, but it's still interesting to poke around the remains. The fort was heavily armed during the Civil War to prevent Confederate gunboats from entering the Columbia Ri…
Museum in Ilwaco

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Investigating ancient Chinook culture, along with the journeys and trade of successive Spanish, Russian, British and American explorers, is this fine museum. It also features the Old Ilwaco, a restored narrow-gauge …