The Lamp Camp is Open!

We are so incredibly excited to announce that we are open! We are committed to providing a safe and memorable experience for our guests while providing a summer of relaxation in the great outdoors.

With that being said, the safety and health of our guests remains our top priority and we will continue to take industry leading precautions as designated by the CDC. As of June 1st, we will be operating on a 50% capacity basis for the campground. Additionally, we have increased our cleaning procedures in all common areas. With 28 miles of pure Washington beach, it is very easy to keep social distancing, while still getting a much-needed change of scenery while having a completely new and unique experience. 

Unfortunately, the Community Clubhouse, Community Fire Pits, Community Kitchen, Lawn Games remain closed until further notice. You are still able to enjoy the Private Dune Path – with access to the beach, Free WiFi, Community Herb Garden, Newly Renovated Restrooms with hot showers (these are deep cleaned multiple times daily), and Picnic Tables at all sites. You can also check out our website for activity ideas like golfing, biking, pickleball, and lighthouses to visit. 

Reservations can be made at https://thelampcamp.com/reservations/.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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Top Spring Long Beach, Washington Events

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re officially booking reservations for the upcoming season. An extra surprise is we’re expanding The Lamp Camp. Get ready for more tent and RV spots, an extra community space, and more fun. If that doesn’t make you stop reading and go book your next trip, I don’t what will. Well, maybe this fun list of spring events being held all over Long Beach, Washington. Grab a piece of paper and pen and start jotting down what you want to attend and plan your next trip around these events. We can’t wait to see you!

Spring Break Family Kite Fun

March 15 to April 15

Spring break is meant for family time as your kids get a week off from school. What better way than to spend it on the beach crafting away? This event is held at our local Kite Museum. Kids and adults alike will be able to make their own kite, fold origami and enjoy games at the Kite Museum during spring break. And don’t forget to play the Kite Festival poster game to earn coupons to local businesses. To do all of this, it’ll cost you a whopping $3 to $5. Have fun without breaking the bank!

Community Beach Cleanup

March 28 @ 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

If doing more community service is a part of your New Year’s resolutions for the year then this event will be right up your alley. Join hundreds of locals and visitors help clean up the 28 miles of beach in Long Beach, Washington. Be a part of the community while also saving our wildlife.

PAA Spring Art Show

April 3 to April 5

Our annual Spring Art Show features tons of local artists exhibiting their works of art. Fell in love with something? Take it home and support our crafters.

Long Beach Razor Clam Festival

April 11

Whether or not you enjoy razor clamming, this is an event you don’t want to miss out on. This event helped put the Long Beach Peninsula on the map in the 1940s. It features free razor clam digging lessons, contests, live music, an annual chowder cook-off, and a giant clam fry. This is one of the Peninsula’s signature events, and it’s a blast for every member of the family!

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival

April 24 to April 26

What do you get when you mix good food and wine? A great time! If you’ve been looking for something to do to get out of town for the day, this is the perfect event to attend. Just 30 minutes south of Long Beach the Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival will allow you to enjoy great coastal cuisine, arts, and crafts vendors, live music, wine, beer & spirits tasting and more! Tickets won’t cost you more than $15 and you will be sure to get your money’s worth of food and tastings.


April 25

This weekend if just filled with seafood. If you’re not a seafood lover yet, all these tasty treats will have you be in no time. Check out just how many ways you can serve up some oysters. The event is held at the Tokeland Hotel.

Black Lake Fishing Derby

April 25 @ 7 am to 11 am

Fun for the whole family! The last Saturday in April marks the annual Black Lake Fishing Derby. Now entering its 28th year, this event for children ages 2-14 features a free pancake breakfast and a hot dog tent. Awards are given for the largest fish caught in each age division and overall aggregate weight. 

Saturday Market @ Port

May 2 to September 26 – every Saturday

This market features more than 70 vendors along the pedestrian-only Waterfront Way overlooking the Port of Ilwaco marina and Baker Bay. Find regional produce, wonderful baked goods, a huge selection of local plants and many homemade arts and crafts.

Pacific NW Sailing Dates

May 2 to May 8

If you need something to fill your time in between your other activities, stop by the Port of Ilwaco to cheer on the sailors as they set sail. On Sunday, May 3, check out the Loyalty Day Parade in Long Beach.

As you can see, there are so many fun activities for all members of the family. Whether you’re the foodie family or the family that loves to check out new things, you won’t get bored in Long Beach, Washington or the surrounding areas. For more events going on after May 2, check out the events page

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Why You Should Whale Watching in Washington

Twice a year, every year, hundreds of people flood the west and east coast to see the migration of whales. Once on their migration from the Arctic to their wintering and breeding grounds in Southern California and Mexico and second on their return trip from the southern climes.

Why are we so fascinated by the migration of these ginormous beings? Maybe it’s the fact that we feel so small next to them or that for most of us, whales aren’t animals that we get the chance to see every day. Whether you’re spotting one from the deck of a whale-watching cruise or from the shores of a national park, whales are some of nature’s most beautiful creatures.

If you’ve never watched the whales go by, now is your time to see them. Early January is the peak of the migration, but whales can be spotted mid-December through early February. The heights around the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and North Head Lighthouse offer the best viewing. You’ll want to make sure you have your binoculars on hand in case they aren’t too close to shore. 

The northward migrations begin mid-March. The immature whales, adult males, and females without calves are the first to head north, passing the Peninsula in March and April. Later, females with calves come along at a slightly slower rate, passing the Washington coast in May.

First things first, you have to choose a location for your whale watching. A spot like North Head is a great viewing place because the land juts into the ocean and high elevation. Another great place is both The North Head Lighthouse and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. If you choose either of these places to view the whales, we recommend making a day out of it and checking out both of these places and Cape Disappointment State Park.

The next thing is planning what time you’re going to go. It is recommended that you go in the early hours of the morning since ocean conditions will be calmer. Regardless of the time, you will want to make sure the weather is calm and there are no whitecaps that you can see.  

Finally, you should probably know what exactly you’re looking for. Since whales do travel a great deal away from the shore, keep your eye out in the distance. Scanning the horizon and looking for the blow of a whale will give you the tell-tale sign that there are whales in that direction.

The blow is when a whale exhales and water shoots up into the air up to 12 feet. Yes, we said 12 feet – talk about a lot of water.

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5 Campfire Activities to Play Next Time Your Fireside

“Let’s gather around the campfire And sing our campfire song Our C-A-M-P-F-I-R-E S-O-N-G song And if you don’t think that we Can sing it faster then you’re wrong But it’ll help if you just sing along *bom bom bom* C-A-M-P-F-I-R-E S-O-N-G song!”

When it comes to camping, gathering around a campfire is a must every night. Whether you’re making smores, getting cozy by the fire, or exchanging stories from the past or your day, it’s the perfect end to any day. 

If you’re not sure how to entertain your kids after the smores are gone, we have you covered. Here are 5 campfire activities to play next time your fireside.

Goods and Bads

A wonderful conversation starter for any age group, this activity helps people open up to each other and is the perfect way to kick off a cozy evening around the campfire. The activity is deceptively simple: each person in the circle must explain one positive thing and one negative thing that has happened to them during the week prior. You will be surprised how much there is to learn about even your closest friends and loved ones – and many of the “goods and bads” will inevitably lead to deeper connections and stories. 

Earn Your Smore

A great one for kids and families, this game involves everyone doing a funny task before the group earns their chocolate for S’mores. Write down funny tasks on slips of paper – things like “Dance a jig for 20 seconds,” “Sing your favorite song,” or “Tell a joke.” Put them into a bag (backpacks work great!) and have each participant, in turn, select a paper and perform their task. Be careful to ensure that no one gets their S’more chocolate until everyone in the group completes their task!

Flashlight Tag

A variation of tag, this activity is one that should take place outside the ring of campfire chairs, since it involves running around in the semi-dark. This game can be done with kids and adults, or for kids-only if you’re looking for something to keep them entertained while the grownups sit around the fire. (Again, clearly define game boundaries before you start to play).

The person who is “it” is given a flashlight and shuts their eyes and counts to 30 while everyone else hides. Then they search for the other players, using the lit flashlight. If they find someone, they “tag” them by shining their flashlight on them. That new person then becomes “it,” taking the flashlight and counting to 30 while the other players hide.

The Frog Game

We’d be remiss in closing the list without adding a tried-and-true circle game. This one, called Frog, is one of our favorites. In this fast-paced memory game, players go around in a circle describing a frog.

To start, the first player calls, “One frog!” The person sitting next to them says, “Two eyes!” The third player calls, “Four legs!” The fourth person says, “In the puddle!” And the fifth and final player yells, “Ker-plop!” If someone makes a mistake, other players call out, “Frog!” and the game starts again. Keep track of how many frogs you can get “into the puddle” without making a mistake. A more competitive version calls for players who make a mistake to sit out as fewer and fewer players participate, eventually resulting in one winner.


Telephone is a game played around the world in which one person whispers a short message to someone else. Easy peasy. The fun begins when that person quietly whispers the message to another person. This secret message is passed from one person to another until the last person announces it to the entire group. Thanks to the errors that usually arise in the retellings, hilarity usually ensues.

From strumming a guitar to gazing at the stars, many of the best campfire activities are spontaneous and have no objective or prize. Start off with these five activities and see where the night takes you.


A Day in a State Park: Long Beach Edition

The Long Beach Peninsula boasts many state parks allowing you to have a jam-packed week (or weekend) of adventuring along the coast of Washington. The peninsula is home to Leadbetter Point State Park, Pacific Pines State Park, Cape Disappointment State Park, and Fort Stevens State Park. While you’re in town, make sure to make The Lamp Camp your home base.

We’ve got your day to day itinerary for a fun-filled week (or weekend)  jumping from one state park to the next. Let’s get started:

Leadbetter Point State Park

Leadbetter Point State Park is located on the upper Long Beach Peninsula, between Willapa Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The park is a 1,732-acre natural area open for day use. It is adjacent Willapa National Wildlife Refuge which has about 5 miles of ocean beach and several miles of bay beach. Good news for all of our dog lovers, they are allowed (on a leash, of course) on the park’s southern trails and beaches. However, they are not allowed in the northern part of Leadbetter Point, which encompasses the refuge and snowy plover habitat. 

We recommend coming between March and September since this time of year is when you could see snowy plover chick which are just like energetic cotton balls. In addition to snowy plover chicks, you’ll be able to see all sorts of wildlife–the perfect place to go birding. Visitors should check ou the Willapa Bay side of Leadbetter Point as you can kayak, canoe and paddleboard when the tides and the weather cooperate. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, fishing and clamming at the park.

Pacific Pines State Park

Pacific Pines State Park, on the western side of the Long Beach Peninsula, gives you a glimpse into a southwest Washington-style beach day. 

Dune grasses and knobby shore pines drop gently down to the wide, sandy, Pacific Ocean shore. This 10-acre day-use park is ideal for playing and walking on the beach, birding, fishing, shellfish harvesting and watching the sunset.

Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment is a 2,023-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean and looking into the mouth of the Columbia River. Cape Disappointment was named for Captain John Meares’ first thwarted voyage to find the Columbia. For all of our history lovers, this is the place for you! Explore U.S. military and maritime legacies and experience the story of Lewis &

Clark and the effect of their Corps of Discovery Expedition on Native American tribes.

Make this a fun trip for your kiddos by stepping into the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center for interactive exhibits. You’ll also find overgrown ruins of military bunkers and coast defense batteries, and hear tales of two lighthouses and the first attempts to reach the Columbia River by sea.

Get active by going through old-growth forest or around freshwater lakes, saltwater marshes, and ocean tidelands. You’ll gape at the breathtaking views as you can watch others diggin for clams at Benson Beach. You’ll also notice that fishers love to set up on the North Jetty to catch salmon and crab. The beaches at Cape Disappointment also lure kite-fliers, sand-castle builders and those who love to walk and explore. Contrary to its name, Cape Disappointment will do quite the opposite.

Fort Stevens State Park

Fort Stevens is a 4,300-acre park offering a variety of recreation adventures but was once the primary military defense installation in the three-fort, Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Beach-combing, freshwater lake swimming, trails, wildlife viewing, a historic shipwreck, and a historic military fort make Fort Stevens a diverse park. Take a bike ride on the nine-mile network of paved bicycle trails and hike on the six miles of hiking trails. Explore a variety of habitats, including spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine areas.

Long Beach, Washington has endless opportunities to eat, stay, and play. We hope you enjoy your time the next time you visit!


Campfire Breakfast Recipes You’re Sure to Love

Good morning, sunshine! The sun is up, the sky is blue, you’ve got your cup of joe in hand, and you’re enjoying the chilly morning at The Lamp Camp in Long Beach, Washington. It’s that time of day to think up what you’ll make for breakfast. 

As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. But, if you’re a real foodie, you know that’s not the real reason why it’s so important. It’s because it’s the most delicious meal of the day. If you’re not a huge fan of breakfast, we can assure you that these campfire breakfast recipes will make you one!

Next time you come to visit us at The Lamp Camp, we’d love to know how these turn out!

There’s just something about campfire breakfast – nothing warms you up after a night of camping like a hot meal in the morning. 

We suggest doing most of the work in advance by peeling, chopping, and par-boiling the potatoes and browning of the breakfast sausage. Just toss it all into a plastic zipper bag and kept it in the cooler until it’s time to put the burritos together.

If you have extra ingredients, wrap up a few more and pack them up for your day of adventures!

If you’re looking for a hearty car camping breakfast, look no further than this cast iron frittata! Blistered cherry tomatoes, sauteed zucchini, and caramelized onions all layered together with parmesan cheese and eggs. However, what makes this recipe special is how it is cooked.

This vegetable-packed campfire frittata is a quick and easy one-pan camping breakfast. Additionally, it can be endlessly adapted to whatever vegetables you have on hand, making it a great clean-out-the-cooler meal on your last morning.

One note is we recommend cooking this with a lid on top since a typical frittata is heated from the bottom and top.

We recommend making the homemade black pepper biscuit ahead of time and bring with you to camp. 

While this recipe calls for breakfast sausage patties, you could always use last night’s burger patties and have that for breakfast OR use burger patties and make this for dinner.

Either way, you can’t go wrong with breakfast food at any time of the day!

A hearty and delicious way to start a day of camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Sausage, onions, potatoes, cheese, and eggs are cooked to perfection over hot coals in your favorite Dutch Oven.

Breakfast skillets are always an easy and convenient breakfast to make whether you’re in the comfort of your home or out camping. The best part? You can throw just about anything into the skillet and you’ve got something mouth watering. 

Hot Ham & Swiss Croissants, buttery croissants, melty cheese, and a honey mustard sauce all melt together to make the perfect sandwich. We recommend adding an egg on top to make it the perfect breakfast sandwich.

We’d love to see your delicious campfire breakfast and if you added your own twist to it. Make sure you tag us if you post it on social media, @thelampcamp.

Until next time, we look forward to seeing you (and your breakfast)


Washington State Discovery Tours

It’s the perfect time of year for a road trip. Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to take some time for yourself to explore. The great state of Washington is home to some beautiful views and rich history. Join us in the exploration of the Long Beach Peninsula and Southwest Washington. 

Let’s start on the beautiful coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Ilwaco, WA. It is here that William Clark wrote in his journal, “Great joy in camp we are in View of the Ocian, this great Pacific Octean which we been So long anxious to See. and the roreing or noise made by the waves brakeing on the rockey Shores (as I Suppose) may be heard distictly.”

It is here where you can find the 1,882 acre state park, Cape Disappointment, that features the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Learn about the national significance of the linking of America from the Atlantic to the Pacific. From the interpretive center, you will have unbeatable views of the Pacific, the Columbia River, and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. 

As you continue your journey, learn more about the history of Lewis and Clark by stopping at the Station Camp and Fort Columbia Historical State Park. At Station Camp, Clark led a party of men over the Cape Disappointment headlands and up the beach to a mile north of present day Long Beach where they celebrated their arrival at the Pacific Ocean. Close by, you’ll come across Fort Columbia Historical State Park where you’ll see where coastal guns protected the bay during World War II and earlier wars.

After a long day of exploring Long Beach, rest your eyes at The Lamp Camp. Open year round, we offer tent sites and RV sites. 

Before heading north, make sure you check out the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, home to an ancient grove of red cedars. 

Continue your trip by discovering Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen. See the West Coast’s tall ships, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, with your own eyes. Sail away for the weekend or lets your kids have hands-on history. 

After your day (or weekend) sailing, camp out at Ocean City State Park (a 170-acre camping park) before heading up to Lake Sylvia State Park to discover the former logging camp above the historic town of Montesano. As you head South East, you’ll come across the Lewis and Clark State Park. Here you can hike and horseback ride through a stand of old-growth trees on the historic north spur of the Oregon Trail.

Just south of the Lewis and Clark State Park, you’ll be greeted with views of Mount St. Helens. Learn about the historic Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption here at the Seaquest State Park. While you’re here, the park offers hiking and biking, as well as camping and other overnight accommodations.

As you’re rounding out your trip, you won’t want to miss Vancouver and the Columbia River Gorge. This gorge is one of America’s great natural wonders. 

End you trip with a bang, Beacon Rock State Park. It is one of the most spectacular sites on the Lewis and Clark Trail. The huge rock is actually the core of an ancient volcano. The park offers hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, interpretive trails and markers, camping, boating, and a trail to the top of Beacon Rock.

While this would be a great trip for the end of fall, this also would be a road trip option anytime of the year. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram of your explorations through Washington, @thelampcamp.


What’s Happening at the Peninsula this Holiday Season? December…

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. With Thanksgiving a little over a week away and Christmas 5 weeks away, we thought we’d round up the top 7 events going on in Long Beach, Washington this December.  

Holidays at the Beach – November 29 to December 1, 2019

Holidays at the Beach is a free family oriented holiday event. It happens every year the weekend after Thanksgiving. All events are free to attend but donations are always welcome to help fund the event. 

Friday November 29th there are two showings of the movie “Polar Express” at the Neptune Theater. Saturday November 30th enjoy crafts, a magic show, the arrival of Santa Claus, and the city tree lighting ceremony. Sunday December 1st, celebrate the season with crafts and the holiday mermaid appearance. Learn more

Downtown Raymond Lighted Christmas Parade – December 7, 2019

Bring the family to watch lighted Christmas floats march through downtown Raymond! Learn more.

Crab Pot Christmas – December 7, 2019

The world’s largest crab pot Christmas tree made from real live crab pots. This festive event is held annually on the first Saturday of December at the Port of Ilwaco. The tree lighting is at 5 pm sharp, followed by a reading of “A Coastal Christmas” by Lynette McAdams, crabby Christmas caroling and the world’s shortest firework display. This year’s event will pay tribute to the local crabbing fleet. After the lighting, visit participating businesses along the waterfront at the Port of Ilwaco for annual traditions like Santa Claus, hot chocolate, cookies and more! Dress warm and wear your boots because this holiday tradition happens rain, storm or shine! Learn more.

Water Music Society Christmas Concert – December 8, 2019

The Water Music Society’s annual Christmas Concert, featuring world class musicians in a beautiful, festively decorated environment. Refreshments and a no-host bar including champagne. The perfect way to start the holiday season! A portion of all proceeds goes to assist the local school music programs! Learn more.

Holidays at the Jetty – December 14, 2019

Join us for an afternoon of shopping, sipping, and fun! Santa and Mrs. Clause from 1:00-4:00 and vendors from 12:00-4:00. There is never a sitting fee or purchase requirement to see Santa at North Jetty! You take your own pictures with your devices or we can take them with your camera so the whole group can get in on the fun. Learn more.

Tuba Christmas – December 14, 2019

Enjoy some rich sounds-of-the-season at the annual Tuba Christmas concert. This free concert will feature the Astoria Tuba Quartet, who will perform a variety of seasonal selections, jazz arrangements, and a polka or two at this family-friendly event. Learn more.

Fireworks at Midnight – December 31, 2019

Spectacular fireworks over the Pacific Ocean to ring in the New Year! Gather at the boardwalk at the Bolstad Beach Approach. Bring a blanket and perhaps some hot chocolate. Learn more.


The Best Coffee in Long Beach, WA

If you’re anything like us, then coffee is the way to your heart. Nothing beats a hot cup of joe and some astonishing views. While coffee over a campfire might be your jam, sometimes you need a real good cup of coffee. Fortunately, our friends all over Long Beach offer some amazing coffee.

Abbracci Coffee Bar

Abbracci Coffee Bar, which translates to “hugs”, offers some amazing coffee and pastries.

This is what people are saying about it:

“Abbracci is a must-stop for us when we are in Long Beach. In a town that is so “touristy,” this place is a great respite from that. The coffee is excellent – a good medium blend – not the really light coffee like a lot of “hip” coffee shops serve. The owner and staff are always really kind and welcoming. The space itself is really chill and they have chess and checkers available to play. It’s a great place for kids too! Definitely check it out next time you are in town.”

“Great coffee! The location is great and the ambiance of the coffee shop is very nice. Baristas are friendly and has free wifi. This is the place to come for coffee in Long Beach if you want to sit down over coffee or tea and chat. Right in downtown so grabbing a cup to go is a great option as well!”

“Extremely good coffee and pastries paired with excellent customer service. This is our morning coffee spot. They are dog friendly, which is a plus!”

Diamond Espresso

Diamond Espresso offers Astoria’s Columbia River Coffee Roasters. Thundermuck is a perfect drip coffee blend. It’s dark, heavy-bodied and absolutely delicious. It’s also known as the Hallmark coffee of Columbia River Coffee Roasters. The Highwater Espresso blend is dense, aromatic and even sweet. For food products they offer a large array of freshly toasted bagels served with cream cheese. They also have muffin tops, granola nut & death by chocolate bars, rice crispy treats and cookies.

This is what people are saying about it:

“This place may seem small, but the menu is huge! Bagels of every kind imaginable, and a drink menu as long as the Beach! We had breakfast here on several occasions and it was always hot and delicious! The people working there were so friendly, too! Great way to start the day!”

“This is a favorite of locals and tourists, the baristas work really hard and keep being friendly even after a long day. The drinks are very good, and consistently made, they make a big effort to serve the community good coffee, creative drinks and interesting treats.”

The Great Escape

The Great Escape is a fun, fast, local drive-thru coffee espresso stand. 

This is what people are saying about it:

“The is the best tasting coffee on the peninsula. They literally have their own espresso blend just for their shop!”

“Such a wonderful little gem of a coffee shop, offering a wonderful selection of drink but most of all incredible customer service!”


Pacific Coastal Highway Road Trip

It’s that time of year when the leaves begin to change and reveal a rainbow of colors throughout the PNW. It’s the perfect time for a road trip to see all the beautiful colors along the West Coast. The summer vacationers have gone home, kids are in school, and traffic has slowed down. We’ve got your itinerary planned all the way from Big Sur, California to Long Beach, WA. We’ve included things to do and see, places to eat and places to stay. As always, we hope you’ll stay with us at The Lamp Camp in Long Beach, Washington as you make your way up the coast. We’ll welcome you with arms wide open.

Big Sur to Fort Bragg

While we’re not sure where you’re starting on your trip up North, we wanted to start with a gorgeous town on the coast of California called Big Sur. We’re sure you’ve heard of it and it’s picturesque views; we encourage you to stop every time you see a place to pull over because whoever is in the driver’s seat won’t want to miss the views as he keeps his eyes on the winding roads along the cliffs.

Eat: Nepenthe is a restaurant that sits perfectly on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With a short menu, it is perfectly curated to cater to all diets in mind. While you’ll want to sit outside on the back deck, the inside of the restaurant was built with floor to ceiling windows showing off the spectacular views.

Stay: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park towers high above the Big Sur River Gorge, where the Big Sur River enters the park. With campsites along the river, you can fall asleep to the sound of nature or take advantage of the Big Sur Lodge located in the park.

Play: There is hiking galore in Big Sur and you can pick up a map of the area at a local general store. But, while you’re in Big Sur, you’ll want to be sure to check out McWay Falls. Follow this link to learn more about it and how to get there.

Fort Bragg to Crescent Bay

Next stop, is a town north of San Francisco where you can find towering redwoods of Russion Gulch State Park, the craggy bluffs of Glass Beach, the bustle of Noyo Harbor, and the winding path of the Coastal Trail. Filled with history, this town is one you’ll want to spend time exploring.

Eat: Stop by the North Coast Brewing Company where you can find them serving delicious and healthy fare and emphasizing the pairings of their award-winning beers with stone hearth cuisine.

Stay: Once upon a time MacKerricher State Park was part of the Mendocino Indian Reservation. Now it is home to beaches, bluffs, headlands, dunes, forests and wetlands. 

Play: Ever heard and seen of sea glass? You’re just in luck. Fort Bragg is home to Glass Beach where you can walk along the beach looking for sea glass to bring home. Make sure you stop along the way and take in the expansive Pacific Ocean.

Crescent City to Newport

Coming to the end of California, Crescent City is the last stop you’ll make before entering Oregon. Located on a beautiful crescent-shaped bay, the area offers an abundance of outdoor recreational activities utilizing the proximity of the Pacific Ocean, the Smith River and Klamath River, Redwood National and State Parks, and the Smith River National Recreation Area.

Eat: Watch sea lions play and lounge from the Chart Room. If you’re in the mood for some seafood this is the place to check out. Make sure you try the clam chowder – voted the best from the Reader’s Choice Awards.

Stay: At Ramblin’ Redwoods Campground, you’ll discover the incredible majesty of the forest. They offer a terrific camping combination for lovers of dramatic natural beauty — towering forests and miles of spectacular coastline, all in one grand location.

Play: Just a couple miles west of Crescent City, an unpaved stretch of Howland Hill Road offers motorists an intimate encounter with the towering old-growth redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. The road includes numerous pull-outs and trailheads along the way. 

Newport to Long Beach

Newport, Oregon is located just south of Long Beach and is the perfect stop on your road-trip if you’re looking to stay on the coast. This scenic city is home to two lighthouses — including the tallest in Oregon — and beaches prime for spotting whales, bald eagles and agates in the sand.

Eat: There is no shortage of great food in Newport, whether you want a quick bite or enjoy a multi-course gourmet feast. However, we recommend Ove Northwest. The menu consists of New American cuisine that is vegetable forward, seafood focused in season, as local and sustainable as possible, and their dishes pull together international tastes that weave elements of one culture into the whole meal.

Stay: Stay at one of the many beach camping locations in Newport. South Beach State Park in particular offers YURTS (Year-round Universal Recreational Tents), guided hikes, rental bikes, and much much more.

Play: Looking to take nature in, in its raw form? Stop at Devil’s Punchbowl to admire how the ocean has carved a beautiful arch and hole into the coast. Or, head to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area to look across the Pacific from the point and lighthouse.

Long Beach, Washington

As your road-trip comes to an end, you’ll wind up in Long Beach, Washington. Long Beach is home to six state parks and endless adventure. Here you will find clam digging, cranberry farms, and plenty of hiking. Plus an oceanside RV park and campground.

Eat: Take the hassle out of where and what to eat, and check out Long Beach Tavern. Located downtown, it is where you’ll find all the locals and tourists alike.

Stay: Got a tent? Or an RV? Come join us at The Lamp Camp, nestled between the coastal forest and the dunes of the Pacific. Come enjoy the world’s longest beach and explore all that the Long Beach Peninsula has to offer.

Play: If you’re lucky enough to join us in the fall after the back to school rush ends, Long Beach is bustling with all kinds of events. We have our clam digging dates set, a cranberry festival, and a wild mushroom celebration where you can learn to cook mushrooms and enjoy mushroom cuisine. 

PCH road trip… done! Driving the Pacific Coast Highway is a trip that’s definitely worth putting on your bucket list. As you plan your trip and stops, there are plenty of options – almost too many! However, keep in mind the length of your trip and how many days you’ll spend in each place and plan accordingly.