Downtown Long Beach
Explore downtown Long Beach, right on your doorstep. Long Beach is home to the brilliantly kitschy - take a photo with the World's Largest Frying Pan or step back in time at Marsh's free museum. Indulge in a leisurely breakfast at local haunts like the Cottage Bakery. For live music every evening and delicious local dining, head to our sister property and restaurant [pickled fish] and watch the sunset over the Pacific.
The Long Beach Peninsula is home to several stunning state parks and wildlife refuges. Explore the working lighthouses of the Cape Disappointment State Park, hike through old-growth forest, around freshwater lakes, saltwater marshes and ocean tidelands. Gape at the breathtaking views, wildlife and history it has to offer. Nearby, you can climb the beautiful driftwood piles of Waikiki beach or just watch waves crash against them on a stormy day. If you're an avid bird watcher or animal lover, you'll adore the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. A beautiful place to watch migratory birds and their habitats, there is also the Art Trail, which features commissioned art works to teach visitors about the wildlife they're seeing.
Follow in the steps of Lewis and Clark and explore the seven-mile long Discovery Trail. Beginning in the Cape Disappointment State Park, start at the Beard’s Hollow overlook, where it’s possible to take the Discovery Trail over a boardwalk through swamp to the right, or straight on through coastal forest out to the beach, where the paved route zigs and zags across the sand and through dunes, grasses, and trees for three miles into the heart of Long Beach. Further down, look for the gray whale skeleton and sculpture. Other landmarks dot the trail, too. Further north, a basalt pillar and sculpture of William Clark commemorate his participation in the Corps of Discovery, and still further is a weathered tree, marking the end of Clark’s northward voyage on the west coast.