Ilwaco, WA

Travel Guide
Cape Disappointment State Park showing a sunset, rugged coastline and a sandy beach
A thriving art community, world-class sport fishing, a stunning state park and intriguing history make this oceanside city a top Pacific coast destination.

Visit Ilwaco and choose between fishing for salmon and albacore tuna in bracing Pacific waters or touring a lavender farm. Follow an art walk along the port and learn about early regional explorers and the city’s Native American history. This friendly community has a huge variety of activities.

Set on the mighty Columbia River, Ilwaco was named after a local Native American chief, Elowahka Jim. Learn some of the region’s history. It became a hub for fishermen and West Coast travelers from Oregon and the interior of Washington. Steamer ships chugged down the Columbia, delivering passengers to Ilwaco, where they continued by railroad to the ocean beach resorts of the Long Beach Peninsula.

More of Ilwaco’s history is displayed at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Extensive permanent exhibits showcase objects and stories of the early Chinook people and later Euro-American history. Peek into the museum’s Sea-Coast Village Gallery, view a 26-foot (8-meter) lifesaving surfboat, enter a historic freight depot and photograph the NAHCOTTA train car, part of the region’s renowned Clamshell Railroad.

Enjoy fresh seafood at this Pacific coast setting. Restaurants offer Dungeness crab bisque, Willapa Bay oysters, steamer clams, shrimp rolls, albacore tuna and more, varying seasonally. After a hearty meal, remain near the port and visit numerous art galleries and boutiques, showcasing local art and handiwork. Head northeast to tour the Painted Lady Lavender Farm.

Spend a day at Cape Disappointment State Park to hike 8 miles (13 kilometers) of trails and visit the West Coast’s oldest operating lighthouse. Fish for trout and bass on Black Lake. Stop at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center to learn more about the Corps of Discovery’s journey here. Bike or walk along the 8.5-mile (13.7-kilometer) Discovery Trail, beginning at the brass California condor statue at the Port of Ilwaco and continuing through Cape Disappointment to Long Beach.

Find Ilwaco 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of Portland, Oregon. Travel here by car in just 25 minutes from Astoria, Oregon.

Heidis Inn Ilwaco
Heidis Inn Ilwaco
2.5 out of 5
126 Spruce St E, Box 776, Ilwaco, WA, 98624
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $62 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
$62
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Ilwaco. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.4/5 (383 reviews)
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"A friend and I attended a weekend symposium in Oysterville and just slept at Heidi's Inn. The room was clean and quiet, there was a microwave, fridge, TV, clock, and phone, the beds were comfortable, the bathroom was adequate. I thought $81 per night was a bit pricey, but I couldn't find anything ..."

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Heidis Inn Ilwaco
Salt Hotel
Salt Hotel
2.5 out of 5
147 Howerton Avenue, Ilwaco, WA, 98624
The price is $110 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
$110
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29
Stay at this motel in Ilwaco. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (180 reviews)
"Owners and managers are excellent to work with. They follow your every need. The room is cozy and adequate. Best of all you’re located in a beautiful fishing harbor. The Salt Inn may have the best cioppino ever! The whole site has so much character. We will go again."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

Salt Hotel
Bowline Hotel
Bowline Hotel
3 out of 5
1 9th St, Astoria, OR, 97103
The price is $170 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
$170
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Astoria. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Popular attractions Flavel House Museum and Oregon Film Museum are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (321 reviews)
"Loved our stay and will definitely be back. The room was very cute and cozy and had a great waterfront view. We had excellent customer service from the gentleman at the front desk. We even upgraded our stay after he offered a great price for it. We enjoyed The Knot Bar being inside the hotel and ..."

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Bowline Hotel
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Cozy home w/ private hot tub, near Ridge Trail and golf!
Cozy home w/ private hot tub, near Ridge Trail and golf!
Gearhart, OR
Stay at this cottage in Gearhart. Enjoy onsite parking, an in-room DVD player, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Gearhart Golf Links and Del Rey Beach ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (24 reviews)
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"Everything was wonderful thank you."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

Cozy home w/ private hot tub, near Ridge Trail and golf!
The Breakers
The Breakers
3 out of 5
210 26th Avenue Northwest, Long Beach, WA, 98631
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in Long Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Cranberry Museum and Marsh's Free Museum ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (153 reviews)
"Great property! Felt like I was staying at someone’s house. Games. A little fire log. Great views. Comfy room."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

The Breakers
Cozy Sunset Beach Cottage By Lake and Ocean, Peaceful Setting *Wi-Fi*
Cozy Sunset Beach Cottage By Lake and Ocean, Peaceful Setting *Wi-Fi*
Warrenton, OR
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Warrenton. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the convenient parking and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (186 reviews)
Wonderful Stay
"An amazing house to stay in, the place was very clean and welcoming. Short walk to the beach and an amazing cafe. Would stay here again"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2023

Cozy Sunset Beach Cottage By Lake and Ocean, Peaceful Setting *Wi-Fi*
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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