America's Best Beach Boardwalks
Courtesy of Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau
Long Beach Boardwalk, Long Beach, WA
Nature lovers stroll the half-mile wooden boardwalk across the tops of dunes looking for bald eagles, red-backed sandpipers, and rare snowy plovers. The beach probably hasn’t changed much in the two centuries since the Lewis and Clark Expedition explored here, and the 8.5-mile Discovery Trail that traces part of their route crosses under the boardwalk. Kids love the giant gray whale skeleton. Tip: There’s no snack bar, so pick up sandwiches in town—and then settle at one of the many picnic tables.
Don’t Miss: The World Kite Museum’s 1,500 kites, including military kites from World War II, Chinese dragon kites, and bird- and horse-shaped Indonesian kites.