Aberdeen Things to Do
OLYMPIC PENINSULA / Hoh...
OLYMPIC PENINSULA / Hoh Rainforest
We made a walk through the rain forest. The trees were covered with Tillandsia moss, it's all over the place. This stuff is very expensive in Belgium, it's used for flower arranging, too bad I couldn't take a bag home with me. The humidity was bearable; I expected a tropical heat and constant fog or rain.
The Lady Washington
is a replica of the ship sailed by
Capt Gray in 1787 when many of the first discoveries of the Washington coast were made. Tour the ship or find out how you can sail along the Pacific Coast.
There is a great beach about forty five minutes west of Aberdeen. I was introduced to some surfers the last time I was there. I was suprised to hear they went to high school with Cobain, and of course I asked. He was described as a quiet kid who did plenty of drugs and got beat up alot. They didn't get to know much more than that. I went surfing for the first time with that gang, and hear the surf is not nearly like the southern states, were its warm and you have bigger waves, but it is great for the area.
701 EAST HERON STREET, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Good for: Families
Despite Olympic National Park and the Pacific Ocean being not too far away, Aberdeen is very much a...more
521 West Wishkah Street, Aberdeen, WA, 98520
Good for: Families
1700 S. Boone Street, Aberdeen, WA, 98520, USA
Good for: Solo
Thai Smiles: Unheated Room but Mostly for Takeout
As the room that serves as a dining room for this Thai restaurant is not heated, it is mostly a food-cart type environment. Winter sees mostly takeout, which I think is probably the primary business here anyway. The dishes are simple but good, and include pretty much all the Thai dishes you would expect. Tofu, beef, chicken, and pork dishes are $7 and seafood can be as expensive as $12. Duck is $15.
I found the food to be light on rice and heavy on actual ingredients, which in my opinion is for the best.
For Thai in Aberdeen I still think Thai Carrot has somewhat better food, but Thai Smiles is somewhat closer to downtown and well within walking distance of the core business area.Related to:
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Thai Carrot: Great Thai on the South Side of Town
This can be a very popular place, and with good reason. The food quality is very good, and it has proven to be popular with many of the locals. The restaurant can be quite crowded at times, and they do a brisk business in takeout as well.
One of the more interesting items is that there are a lot of photographs to describe the food. If you look at the outside of the restaurant, you will find photographs of the various dishes scattered about on the windows. When you sit at a table, you get menus for each diner but you also get a notebook filled with photos showing what each of those dishes look like.
Keep in mind that the restaurant closes at 8:30 at night, even on Fridays and Saturdays.
Certain alcoholic drinks are served, but the restaurant does not have a full bar - nor does it need one as it has done just fine doing what it has always done.
NOTE About Location: This place is best approached from the south (west) on highway 501 as turning left into it is not easy sometimes. However, it is almost invisible from the west due to a huge pile of brush obscuring the entire restaurant. Be looking for the sign above a large clump of abandoned bushes. See the main photo - the sign is on the right side, and because of the bushes you see behind the sign it makes the restaurant invisible from the other direction. The only clue to the restaurant's existence is the sign above the brush.
Favorite Dish: Pad Se Ew (stir-fried noodles): very wide rice noodles with tofu, eggs, broccoli, carrots, and a sauce supposedly unique to this restaurant for $9.95.
However, I highly suggest trying some of the sea food dishes as well, after all the sea food is right outside the door. These are more expensive ($11.50 to $13,50 range). Pad Se Ew with the mixed seafood is $13,50 but very worth it.
The Thai Ice Tea will keep you awake for a while, and has a free refill.Related to:
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4 Hotels in Aberdeen
Getting Here by Transit Works, but Not...
It is possible to get to Aberdeen and beyond without a car, but doing so is not exceptionally convenient. The bus service here centers around the transit center, which is located at Wishkah and G street.
Route 20 is a Hoquiam - Aberdeen connector that provides local service around these cities.
Routes 10a and 10b provide further connections around the north and south sides of Aberdeen.
Longer distance connections operate relatively infrequently (several times a day) and include:
route 40 to Elma, and several times a day runs all the way to Olympia.
route 60 north to Lake Quinault and Amanda Park
route 50 west to Ocean Shores
route 55 southwest to Grayland and Westport
Standard fare from Olympia to Aberdeen is $3, and for services inside Gray's Harbor County alone the standard fare is $1
NOTE: at one time there was an irregular bus service connecting Centralia to Aberdeen as well. This has since ceased operation.Related to:
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Aberdeen Warnings and Dangers
Taking 26 west, from I-5, look...
Taking 26 west, from I-5, look out for cops. There are lots of speed traps, and vacationing people are a prime target for the local peace officers. The towns that you will pass through will have very dramatic drops in speed limits. Also, be on the lookout for crossing animals. Deer frequently cross these windy roads.
Aberdeen Off The Beaten Path
Rare Species Sculptures on Signal...
Somehow, Aberdeen managed to acquire some really unattractive control boxes on its streets for housing the controls for the traffic lights. This is something that over time has slowly been changed by turning these control boxes into the homes of various sculptures.
Generally the theme of the sculptures has to do with natural themes - typically birds or sometimes fish. This is an interesting choice since Aberdeen and its surrounding communities generally have an antagonistic attitude towards those that enjoy nature due to the history of the community as a logging center. Here, generally the outdoors is viewed as a center of employment rather than a recreational center and wildlife home.
However, Gray's Harbor is also an important location on the Pacific Flyway migration route, and every spring in nearby Hoquiam there is an annual shorebird festival. So, there is at least some recognition of nature in the area.
So, there are now various sculptures of a number of "rare species" created by artists to populate the streets of Aberdeen and add a bit of interest to the streets, as well as making these control boxes far more attractive than they were on their own. These are entirely fictional works created by the artist, including the statement of the species history and the Latin species name.
As an example, let us take the "Chinhook Salmon" sculpture found at Wishkah and South G street near the big Jack in the Box sign. This is featured in the first photo. As the name implies the chin is entirely covered with hooks, and it has been found that can be attracted by most any Country-Western music.
These sculptures are scattered around town, but mostly they are located along highway 101. A walking tour of the creatures is available on the "Critters on the Map" web site. See the link at the bottom of this tip.Related to:
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While just about everyone...
While just about everyone going to Aberdeen is stopping on the way to the coast, there are great hiking and backpacing options in the area. The Olympic Mtns. are some of the best places for hiking in the Northwest.
If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.