As mentioned in my intro page, Port Angeles is a great base for visiting the northern sections of Olympic National Park. I've covered the park in detail in my Olympic pages so please reference those if interested in exploring the alpine and low forest regions near town, and expanding your adventure to the rain forest and coastal sections just a few...more
From the terminal on the waterfront downtown, you can catch a ferry to Victoria, British Columbia and be there in 55 to 90 minutes. There are two ferry companies and their services range from passenger-only day trips to overnight packages to taking your bike or vehicle with you for further exploration of Canada. One sails only seasonally and the...more
The Sol Duc Hot springs are natural mineral springs smack dab in the old growth forests of the Olympic National Park. It is a relaxing place, yet will still be fun for your little ones (if you have any). Even when it is cloudy, the ambiance and views are gorgeous.Daily prices are $11 for adults, kids 4-12 $8 and kids 1-3 are free.See their website...more
Although a bit of a drive, a local suggested this as something to do while I was in Port Angeles (although I was planning on it for the next day so I didn't go).Crescent Lake is a good-sized glacial lake in the northwestern portion of Olympic National Park. It is flanked on the southern shore by US 101 and is surrounded by beautiful peaks. There is...more
Right off the 101 between Port Angeles and Sequim, this is one of the few wineries on the Olympic Peninsula. The Peninsula is actually not an ideal area for growing grapes, and, until this year, the grapes in their wines came from the Yakima area.Honestly, I didn't think much of the wines. However, a tasting (you get 5) is only $2/person, and it's...more
Heart O' the Hills is a campground and ranger station on the road from Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge. It's not much, but Hurricane Ridge was closed the day I was there due to snow on the road, so I ended up hiking in the woods and had a great time.If you start early (I didn't), you can get to Lake Angeles and back for a short dayhike. There is...more
Olympic National Park is probably the number one reason why tourists visit Port Angeles. The city is known as the gateway to the park and is located within close proximity to Hurricane Ridge, Elwha and Sol Duc. The city can be used as a base for exploring parts of the park, especially in the non-summer off season when park facilities are closed....more
Elwha Valley is a very beautiful, off-the-beaten-track valley. The main things to do in the valley include Madison Falls, which is accessible by a short trail, Lake Mills, a reservoir, and hiking. You can hike to Whiskey Bend (which I didn't do) or to Olympic Hot Springs (which I did). The Olympic Hot Springs Trail really isn't that great if you...more
From Port Angeles, an 18-mile road leads from sea level to 5200 feet at Hurricane Ridge, a beautiful spot where you can see a good portion of the Olympic mountains. There is a visitor center at Hurricane Ridge, as well as a variety of trails. Just about anyone can walk the easy Meadow Loop, only 1/4-mile long. A bit steeper, but still very easy is...more
Northwest Duty Free StoreYou can buy alcohol at duty free prices (cigarettes too if you're so inclined). You definitely want to pick up a litre per person, because the prices at the Government liquor stores in B.C. are outrageous. Maybe I should have put this under Cultural Tips. LOLmore
140 Del Guzzi Drive, Port Angeles, Washington, 98362, United States
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221 N Lincoln St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
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111 E. 2nd Street, Port Angeles, Washington, 98362, United States
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This restaurant is cute and quaint. The inside is a small room with tables bunched up and a bar, but it's a great dining experience. It's located near the other shops, and it's a great place to eat! They have great salads here. It's hard to find a really, really good salad when you're travelling around, and we got a tip from a local to come here...more
Michael's Divine DiningIt is a very cozy place, with good wine and food. Also, there is Michael and Denaye.See my Travelogue for some photos from Michael*s. Calamari steaks with olive oil, lemon and capers, polenta with leeks and Marscarpone cheese, Caldeirada seafood stew, clam and calamari Arrabiatta Tagliatelle. They also have Valenciana...more
THIS is where you go for the best cold pint in Port Angeles. Yup, after a long day of hiking you will be very glad to settle your keister on a barstool at Peaks and wrap your hands around one of their fabulous microbrews. I landed in here with the worst head cold I'd had in ages but somewhere into a second pint (and a rambling conversation with some local characters) I completely got over feeling I'd been hit by a truck: Peaks will cure what ails a person.
Check your Sunday clothes and attitude at the door - there's nothing fancy or pretentious about this honest little pub. There's no game room or DJ or any of that nonsense. They barely have a menu. They do have 22 brews on tap: some regionals, some crowd favorites and some rotating "guest" varieties. There are also 9 or so of their own including a few IPAs, a couple of reds, a bitter, ale, porter and ESB. Jerry went for the IPAs and I grew very fond of Ed's Big Ass Red - very fond indeed. Like what you drank? Get a few bottles to go or a growler to share by the campfire. And before I forget to mention it, they have the best damn jukebox this side of the Rockies.
Ed, Wanda, Jeff and the rest of the crew will be mighty happy to see you - tell 'em all I said hi.
Dress Code: Throw something on - you're good.
You can drive along the Olympic Peninsula from Olympia, you can come by ferry from Seattle or Victoria, B.C., or the best way, come on your own boat.Coho Ferry between Port Angeles and Victoria. Check their website for details.Washington State Ferries Check the website for schedules and reservations.Walking.more
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What can I say? The Pacific Northwest is very dog-friendly. You know, all those woods and beaches to frolic around. So, they make it easy for their *parents* to take care of their business.
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I saw it on the map and had to check it out.
Dungeness is a little bay village due north of Sequim and northeast of Port Angeles. This is the town that the crab was named after, and there is a very popular crab restaurant right at the bay, but it's also a really nice area.
The road ends almost right at the bay. From here, you can look across the bay to the New Dungeness Lighthouse while eating crab or just watching the calm waters of the bay.
If you'd like to stay in the area, Sequim has several motels, but there are also a few B & B's and small bayside motels (Dungeness Bay Motel) in the area, although I didn't stay here and can't really say anything about them.
I live in Port Angeles (PA), WA. I will say it is a diecent place to live if you like the quiet life. Not a whole lot goes on here. There are a couple farmers markets and antique shops to visit and enjoy.
PA it a town that whats the tourst to stop and enjoy but they wont give them anything to enjoy. Sure there is all the are and sculptures make by local artest scattered through out down town. They do have a festival here and there but that is about it. Most of the people that come to PA just come through here on there way to Victoria, BC. or to the coast.