Aberdeen, a once thriving seaport, is now best known as the Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula and the “Home of Grunge”

Aberdeen is located on the southern west coast of Washington. Originally known as a timber capital, it is now a popular spot for those exploring the area.

Local Art and History

There are over 15 properties listed on the National Historic Register located in Aberdeen and neighboring Hoquiam.  Stroll the treelined streets in Aberdeen and pass the Aberdeen Mansion, built in 1905. Nearby Hoquiam Castle was completed in 1900. This 10,000 sq. ft home is now a private residence overlooking downtown Hoquiam.

Art is alive and being preserved in Aberdeen. Enjoy a series of murals adorning local buildings.  The mural project started in 1988 and continues today. The newest will cover Aberdeen’s rich history, past and present, and is being created by local artist Chris Dalton.

If you are interested in music, visit the Aberdeen Museum of History and take the Kurt Cobain Walking tour. This tour winds through the neighborhoods of Aberdeen exploring every aspect of his life as a youth in this coastal town.

Stay with a Washington INNSider at A Harbor View. Enjoy breakfast with an view of Aberdeen and it’s historic neighborhoods.

Outdoor Activities

From Aberdeen it is a short 50-minute drive to Quinault Rain Forest. Drive around Quinault Lake and view beautiful waterfalls, local wildlife and towering trees. This temperate rain forest is part of the Olympic National Park. There are a number of trails in the area. Start with the easy ½ mile interpretive trail and then explore on your own.  This area has a diverse wildlife population including several herds of Roosevelt Elk. Also look for black bears, coyotes, black tailed deer, bobcats and more.

Pacific Beach State Park offers 2300 ft of oceanfront, perfect for beach combing or watching the surf. Drive 1.5 hours north along the coast to Ruby Beach. This is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in the Olympic National Park.

 

Aberdeen Weather and Getting There

Aberdeen is a 2-hour drive from Seattle. Take  I-5 S from Seattle, US -101 N,  WA-8 and US-12W to Aberdeen. Weather in Aberdeen is wet and mild with summer highs in the high 60’s and winter lows in the 30’s.