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“Not disappointing at all”

Cape Disappointment State Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Ilwaco
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A scenic state park with hiking trails and cabins for overnight visitors.
Bremerton, Washington
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57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not disappointing at all”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was a gorgeous location. Incredibly beautiful views. The next time we go to Long Beach, we are definitely partaking in more of the hikes!

Visited August 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice campground. Wet/expensive wood”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

This campground was pretty nice. You need to come expecting the weather to be all over the place (we had nice weather in the mornings and then it rained the rest of the time). Our campsite backed onto the beach which was great.
Unfortunately our first day we bought campfire wood from the campground and it was not only overpriced but damp and would not light despite trying for an hour and a half. Buy your wood from one of the locals in town!
Also showers say you have to pay, but you do not? At least in our bathroom. Woohoo!

Visited August 2013
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great view from the lighthouses and day hiking!”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Checked out the lighthouses and a short hike in around the battlements. Well worth it!! Make sure you wear closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap if you want to tour the lighthouse ($2.50 per person).

Visited September 2013
1 Thank angie n
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic corner of our state”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Much more than a camping site. Great trails, interpretive center, lighthouses and VIEWS! One of Washington's better parks - well-done, well-equipped.

Visited September 2013
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Sonoma County, California
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110 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Good views when not foggy, mediocre museum, access issues”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Yes it is going to be spectacular if you have sun (not often) and are a good hiker, as other visitors have observed. If it is foggy, as happened for us, the World War II bunkers may be the best part of the visit. We have seen them elsewhere on the Pacific Coast, but the explanatory signs and addition of some artifacts made this one the best. The museum cost an additional $5 and was not up to modern practices. There is a long winding ramp with numerous interpretive comments on the chronology of the trip westward along with reproductions of paintings. It was informative but slow going, and most visitors just passed them by. At the bottom several rooms have reproductive artifacts and a few hands-on exhibits, not all working nor interesting. The one genuine artifact we found was a knife in a glass case. The museum struck us as built by the state for the bicentennial without much investment of resources.

The parking lot is down the hill and requires a short yet steep climb. Given knee issues, it was not easy. Those with disabled licenses can go to a very small lot up the hill. Even then, there may be mobility issues through the landscape and site. Without a WA parks pass, the parking is $10. This is not part of the National Park that surrounds the area.

You may want to check the weather before driving out, and skip the museum if scenery is your focus. Take your cane or hiking stick!

Visited August 2013
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