Port Angeles Travel Guide

  • Waterfront chairs overlooking the Salish Sea
    Waterfront chairs overlooking the Salish...
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  • Hurricane Hill, Olympic NP
    Hurricane Hill, Olympic NP
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  • Observation Tower on Pier is Several Floors Tall
    Observation Tower on Pier is Several...
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Port Angeles Things to Do

  • Olympic National Park

    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...

  • Ferry to Victoria, British Columbia

    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...

  • Sol Duc Hotsprings

    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...

  • Crescent Lake

    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...

  • Olympic Cellars Winery

    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...

  • Heart of the Hills

    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...

  • Olympic National Park

    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....

  • Elwha Valley

    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...

  • Hurricane Ridge

    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...

  • City Dock/Pier

    From the dock/pier (I forget what it's called, sorry), you can get a good view of the town of Port Angeles, Ediz Hook, the Olympic Mountains, and incoming ferries from Victoria, British Columbia. Sunset is a good time to visit.


    Spend 77 dollars for 4-5 hours on the water kayaking. You'll see a variety of marine life, birds, sea lions, and maybe a whale if you're lucky...I wasn't, but still a great time.

  • Walk around town and look at...

    Walk around town and look at all the public art.All public art is unique, don't you think?

  • Sand sculptures

    Sand sculpturesDoubt if there are sand sculptures here all year, given the temporary nature of them, but you never know.

  • Northwest Duty Free Store

    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. LOL

  • Tourist Information Center

    Tourist Information CenterI like the flower baskets. I think they got the idea from Victoria though.


Port Angeles Hotels

  • Olympic Lodge

    140 Del Guzzi Drive, Port Angeles, Washington, 98362, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Super 8 Port Angeles

    2104 E 1st St, Port Angeles, WA 98362

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Port Angeles Inn

    111 E. 2nd Street, Port Angeles, Washington, 98362, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Port Angeles Restaurants

  • Bar and Restaurant with Local Flavor

    I was very surprised at how fast the food arrived. However, I was told by the waitress that they try to be reasonably fast with their food because a lot of times people are trying to catch the ferry at the pier next door and therefore are in a rush to get out the door quickly.There is really a mixture of different environments here. There is a bar...

  • A great salad!

    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...

  • Pass on this One

    What a disappointment! I really expected the best of the best seafood in this area and was really disappointed with the food we had at this place. It was very bland and more what I would expect from a seafood chain restaurant. None

  • Local Eatery

    Small town restraunt pretty good food but a little overpriced. Breakfast and lunch only open from 7-3PM daily.

  • Port Angeles Crab House...

    Port Angeles Crab House RestaurantNothing really unique, except it is on the waterfront. crab, shrimp cocktail

  • Michael's Divine Dining

    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...


Port Angeles Nightlife

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    Peaks Brewpub: Pints at Peaks

    by goodfish Written Mar 24, 2010

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    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.

    That's one badass red Here it is! The beer board
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Port Angeles Transportation

  • With public transportation to Seattle

    There is a really cheap way to go to Seattle by public transport. It takes a little bit longer than the direct bus, but it's also convenient and much cheaper. For further information, check out the website

  • You can drive along the...

    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.

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Port Angeles Local Customs

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    What can I say? The Pacific...

    by rids Written Oct 4, 2002

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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.
    Click on the photo if you really want the how-to details.

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Port Angeles Off The Beaten Path

  • City Pier

    Providing a public space along the waterfront which allows views of downtown as well as north to Vancouver Island, the public pier provides an assortment of activities. People fish from this pier during the correct season. There are concerts open to the public during the summer months. There are benches and an open plaza over the water.This is also...

  • Sail and Paddle Park

    Located on Ediz Hook and just slightly north of the paper mill at the base of Ediz Hook, there is a small park labelled Sail and Paddle Park. This park allows access to the water and is the home of the local rowing club.The park features several benches, several picnic tables, a paved parking area, and a wide spot on the hook to allow views of the...

  • Ediz Hook

    Since the end of the last ice age, the Elwha River has emptied tons of silt into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Here, the currents formed the silt into a three mile long sand hook that provided a natural breakwater from the rough waves and strong currents of the Strait.This formation came to be called Ediz Hook on modern maps.As time went on, various...


Port Angeles Favorites

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    I live in Port Angeles (PA),...

    by bentcoastie Written Oct 5, 2002

    Favorite thing: 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.

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