Port Angeles

Port Angeles is a harbor town located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and bounded by lush evergreen forests. It is centrally located and offers the perfect home base for exploring the Olympic peninsula and Victoria BC

Visit Port Angeles and experience the local mountains, forests, trails and waterways. Downtown Port Angeles is set on the water. As a result you can start your whale watching tour from the city pier. Stroll the paved path along the water or enjoy dining with a water view.

Art lovers can walk the town, following the Art on the Town Outdoor Sculpture Gallery. This walk includes 39 original pieces of art. Maps outlining self-guided tours are available.

Port Angeles restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisines in any price point. A favorite is Bella Italia, the small Italian restaurant made famous in the Twilight series by Stefenie Meyer.

Maitland Manor Bed & Breakfast is a restored Victorian home located in Port Angeles. This historic home is within easy walking distance of local shops, restaurants and the city pier.

Hiking, Biking and Mountain Views

Begin your visit to the Olympic Peninsula by visiting Hurricane Ridge.Take the scenic 17-mile drive to the most easily accessible mountain area in Olympic National Park. On a clear day, the views are spectacular. Enjoy traversing the ridges along one of the hiking trails, or stop at a picnic area and have lunch with a view. The road is open throughout the summer and scheduled to be open Friday-Sunday in the winter months, weather permitting.

The Olympic Peninsula is home to green forests, snow capped mountains and expansive water views.  For a relaxing stay amid the lush pine forest, A Hidden Haven B&B offers a tranquil stay on 20 secluded acres. Two elegant inns offer tranquility and stunning water views. Domaine Madeleine Bed and Breakfast, a luxury private inn, sits on the bluff overlooking the sea. The other inn, Colette’s Bed and Breakfast is surrounded by the natural beauty of the area. Set amid towering cedars, Colettes has ocean views and elegant private gardens. Eden by the Sea  Bed and Breakfast also sits on the bluff above the Strait of Juan de Fuca. From here you can relax in the evening and watch the lights of Victoria, BC. If you enjoy lush gardens and water views, visit Sea Cliff Gardens, for a secluded stay overlooking the water.

Those who like to hike can access the Olympic Discovery Trail from he Port Angeles City Pier. From here the trail extends 7 miles west to the Elwha River.

History buffs enjoy a stay at The George Washington Inn. The b&b is a replica of George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. The 10-acre estate also includes a lavender farm.

Day Trip from Port Angeles

It is a two-hour drive from Port Angeles to Cape Flattery. The trip is well worth it. Cape Flattery is the northwestern most point of the contiguous U.S. and home to the Makah tribe. Most visitors come to hike the popular 1.5-mile trail at Cape Flattery. This well maintained trail winds through old growth forest and along the water affording breathtaking views as well as the chance to view abundant wildlife. While there, visit Neah Bay and learn about the Makah Tribe at the Makah Cultural and Research Center.

From Port Angeles to Victoria BC

Victoria, BC is a short 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Port Angeles via the Blackball Ferry Line. This passenger only ferry makes it easy to visit historic Victoria. Spend the day in this very walk able city enjoying historic architecture, beautiful gardens and a large variety of delightful restaurants and quaint shops. Butchart Gardens is a must see and easily accessible by the Butchart Gardens Shuttle Express Bus.

Port Angeles Weather and Getting There

Port Angeles is a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle along i-5 through Tacoma and then north on WA-16 over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. You can also travel north on I-5 and taking the Edmonds Kingston Ferry. Then follow WA-104 to WA -101.

Port Angeles WA weather is mild. It is located in a rain shadow and experiences less rainfall then other parts of WA State. Summer highs average 73 degrees and winter lows average 32 degrees.

Things to Do In Port Angeles

Hike, Bike and Walk

  • Hurricane Ridge
  • Olympic Discovery Trail
  • Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Explore

  • Ferry to Victoria BC
  • Whale Watching
  • Olympic Game Farm
  • Dungeness Golf Course