Cape Disappointment State Park, Long Beach Peninsula, Washington

Lighthouse perched on cliffs overlooking the Pacific coastline

Though Cape Disappointment’s Waikiki Beach makes it a popular summer destination, that’s not to say it has nothing to offer in the colder seasons. With winter’s touch comes storms, which means visitors can drop by Cape Disappointment State Park to storm watch from the seaside cliffs. 

Considered to be one of the best storm-watching spots in Washington, Cape Disappointment State Park has two active lighthouses to complement its coastline. Drop by the cliffside the morning after a storm to take in the sights. If you’re looking for protection from the elements, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center has large panoramic windows, so you can soak in the storm without getting wet. But if you’re willing to brave the storm outside, make sure to bring a waterproof camera and sufficient rain gear.  

Once the ocean’s temper calms down, you can visit Cape Disappointment State Park’s other attractions. Both of the coastline lighthouses are only a quick trail away. Additionally, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the scattered ruins of Fort Canby offer a glimpse into Cape Disappointment’s extensive history. 

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