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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

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Address: Fort Canby State Park, Ilwaco, WA

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This defines the Pacific NW coastline

If you find yourself traveling between the Seattle-Tacoma area and Astoria / Seaside corridor, you're going to want a side trip to Cape Disappointment. Visiting family along the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
goose3nbc
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you find yourself traveling between the Seattle-Tacoma area and Astoria / Seaside corridor, you're going to want a side trip to Cape Disappointment. Visiting family along the WA / OR coastline for the past 15 years, my wife and I are always surprised with new finds. Our most recent visit led us to Cape Disappointment while returning to Port... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This view unplanned, but apparently timed just right with the sunset, was extraordinary. I want to go back with more time in the summers as there were lost of hiking trails with lookouts.The tall tree-lined paths with a ocean-view at the end also looked appealing. Such a great way to start out my New Year.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My dad and I, with my two kids ages 12-1/2 and 15, visited today. fodors.com said the Lewis and Clark interpretive center is open daily, so we drove two hours to find a sign saying, "closed Monday and Tuesday". Bummer!! However, we still spent almost two hours looking at the battlement right there, walking the path between the center and... More 

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Howell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

My wife and I walked up to the lighthouse on a crisp Saturday afternoon. There was some mud that had to be avoided, but otherwise the hike was moderate and very pleasant. The view of the cove from the lighthouse area was spectacular. We also got to see the beginning of a sunset. So nice

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

What a great hike it was it was not the easiest in the world but it wasn't that difficult it was well worth it I did get to see a A black tailed buch on the trail.had a great day.

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Duvall, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We have been here a few times, and each time it seems to get better. The views are awesome, and it is a pretty easy walk around there. Perfect for people like me with a bad back!

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Palmer, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place to see. Lots of trails to hike, miles of beaches to comb. Definitely worth the visit. Hike to the lighthouse is a moderate half mile.

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

The views from the lighthouse and along the way are worth the ~10 minute hike from the lot. We liked the views of deadman's cove along the way.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Lots of history to take in about this lighthouse. You can see two right here with the North Head Lighthouse close by.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

The walk to the lighthouse is not far, but it is steep. However, the views at the top make it all worthwhile! You can also sneak a peek at working Coast Guard post, with guardsmen on duty guiding ships into the river mouth. There is good signage explaining the difficulties of navigation as well.

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