Port Angeles Washington, gem of the Pacific Northwest. Connect from Port Angeles to Victoria BC, or take several day trips in and around the Olympic Peninsula WA.
The authentic Pacific Northwest is right here in Port Angeles.
If you’re going to, or coming from, the north Olympic Peninsula, you’ll likely stay in, stop at, or pass through Port Angeles.
Port Angeles Washington has lots to offer visitors and vacationers:
Below: A view of Port Angeles and the usually busy Port Angeles Harbor at dusk, taken from the vantage point of Ediz Hook.
Each of the following activities and trips can be done in a day or less:
Visit Sequim, 18 miles to the east of Port Angeles:
Visit the Olympic National Park, to the south of Port Angeles:
Travel west from Port Angeles:
A day trip to Victoria BC (north of Port Angeles) is one of our very favorite day trips.
The Victoria - Port Angeles Ferry carries passengers and vehicles between Port Angeles WA and the inner harbour of Victoria BC. A one-way trip takes 90 minutes on a usually smooth sail.
Arrive mid-morning in Victoria, spend a half-day exploring and enjoying, and then catch the last ferry back to Port Angeles.
If you tend to get motion-sick, we suggest stocking up on capsules of ginger herb whether sailing the Coho or the Express.
(Below: Ginger is known to have anti-nausea traits. The Coho is usually not too rough, for us anyway, but the Express ferry might be another story! Ginger capsules saved the day by eliminating the nausea without causing drowsiness.)
Walk or bike the Olympic Discovery Trail.
Start downtown by Hollywood Beach in front of the Red Lion Inn. You can walk or ride for miles and miles in either direction if you so wished. We like to head east from downtown Port Angeles Washington toward Sequim.
Hike along Morse Creek, an easy 1-mile (one way) segment of the Discovery Trail. The Strait of Juan de Fuca is a mile from the parking lot, and the walk is very scenic and peaceful, with a great view of the Strait and Canada at the other end.
You'll find the trailhead for the Morse Creek segment of the Discovery Trail at the Highway 101 "S" curve at Strait View Drive, just east of Port Angeles.
Go kayaking in the Port Angeles Harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce Information Center in downtown Port Angeles can supply you with additional brochures and ideas.
121 East Railroad Avenue (cross street is Lincoln Street), Port Angeles, WA 98362
Directions to Port Angeles:
WA State Highway 101 runs through Port Angeles, and can be reached from the east, west and south.
From Seattle WA take the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Follow Hwy 305 to Poulsbo. Take Hwy 3 north to the Hood Canal Bridge. Turn left and cross the Hood Canal on the Hood Canal Bridge, which is also Hwy 104. Continue west on Hwy 104, which will end by merging with Hwy 101. Follow Hwy 101 north and west. ETA once you pass Fat Smitty's at Discovery Bay (at the junction of Hwy 20 to Pt. Townsend) is just 50 minutes.
From Edmonds WA and north: Depending on your location in the greater Seattle area or north of it, the Edmonds to Kingston ferry is a convenient alternative to the downtown Seattle ferry to Bainbridge Island. Exiting the Kingston ferry puts you directly on Hwy 104. Take 104 west. Hwy 104 will take you over the Hood Canal and onto to Hwy 101, which will bring you all the way to Port Angeles.
The Coupeville to Port Townsend ferry is also an easy route, especially if you're coming from Bellingham WA and the surrounding towns. Secure a reservation on this ferry ahead of time (the other ferries mentioned do not require a reservation). Find the full Washington State Transportation ferry schedules here.
From Astoria Oregon or parts south: Take the Astoria Megler Bridge across the Columbia River and turn left (west) on Hwy 101. Follow Hwy 101 north and east into Port Angeles.
From the I-5 (if you're south of Olympia WA):