Washington Coast attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Vancouver

Vancouver National Historic Reserve

Situated within easy walking distance of the city center is Vancouver's most important historical monument, and also one of the most important statewide. Comprising an archaeological site, the region's first militar…
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…
Top Choice Museum in Long Beach & Seaview

Marsh's Free Museum

Half souvenir shop and half sideshow, the museum features Weekly World News stars like Jake the Alligator Boy (a wonder of taxidermy that appears to be an alligator bottom stuck together with a real human upper half…
Fort in Vancouver

Fort Vancouver Historic Site

At the reconstructed fort – the region's first military post – resident rangers and actors in period costume skillfully summon up the era from 1825 to 1845, when the fort was under the sole administration of the Bri…
Park in Oysterville & Nahcotta

Leadbetter Point State Park Natural Area

The 807-acre Leadbetter Point State Park Natural Area, 3 miles north of Oysterville, is a kind of buffer between the straggling developments of Long Beach Peninsula and a section of the Willapa National Wildlife Ref…
Historic Site in Aberdeen & Hoquiam

Lady Washington

For some interesting local history, check out this full-scale replica of one of the ships piloted by Captain Robert Gray when he first sailed into Grays Harbor. The ship is open for tours when moored at Grays Harbor…
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…