Welcome to Long Beach Peninsula
The name's hardly original, but of the half-dozen or so Long Beaches in the US, the Washington version – a 28-mile-long sand spit that lies directly north of the Columbia River estuary – is the longest (less proven is its claim to be the world's longest beach). The adjoining 28 miles of seaside development aren't quite as unique. There's nothing particularly eye-catching about the amusement arcades, cheap motels and trinket shops that characterize Hwy 103, though none of the smattering of settlements is large or high-rise. Much of the beach itself is overrun with pickup trucks in peak season (as Washington beaches are considered highways). Purists might prefer the Willapa Bay side of the peninsula, with its old towns, oyster beds and wildlife viewing. The main settlements on the peninsula, running north to south, are Oysterville, Nahcotta, Ocean Park, Klipsan Beach, Long Beach, Seaview and Ilwaco.