This is a great place to stop and learn more of the history of Port Townsend. They will also provide you with a street map and direct you to the scenic Victorian-era homes and buildings throughout Port Townsend. Be sure to ask about the Ann Starrett Mansion, Manresa Castle, and the Rothschild House. Then go strolling or cruising!
Stroll through downtown Port Townsend: virtually the entire downtown area is a National Historic District, with many of the buildings built in the late 1800’s or very early 1900’s.
PTeRider is taxi/tour/charter company with bright red open-sided retro-electric buses. (Is it even possible to use "retro" and "electric" in the same sentence?)
Hail them for taxi services around the immediate downtown historic areas of Port Townsend. Cost: $3 or $5. Or, take one of several special 45-minute or hour-long tours of Port Townsend. Or, charter a vehicle for your special event. The details are at their website.
Port Townsend (and Seattle) Sight-Seeing from the Air
Take an air
tour by small plane. How cool would it be to see Port Townsend, the Puget
Sound, and the greater Seattle area from a few thousand feet in the air?!
Wyvern Air Air-Tours 191 Airport Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Phone Number: +1 800-339-6570
Wyvernair, which flies out of
both Renton and Port Townsend WA, will take you on sight-seeing flights over Port Townsend and the greater
Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest lasting 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or longer if
Not into airplanes? How about boats and large marine mammals?
Townsend is perfectly situated for whale-watching.
Puget Sound Express,
a local whale-watching tour guide, has an office in downtown Port Townsend on Jackson Street, across
from the Point Hudson Marina. A whale-watching tour is likely to be a
once-in-a-lifetime highlight of your visit to the Pacific Northwest and Port
Townsend. They guarantee whale sightings; see the website for specifics.
Their boats: The Puget Sound Express whale-watching boat, Glacier Spirit, pictured below, is large and comfortable, has a wrap-around viewing deck, hydrophones, restrooms, snack bar and full galley. They've thought of everything!
They operate two other boats: the Redhead, and the Chilcat Express (pictured below), a high-speed foilboat that can travel 40 mph, making maximum use of your whale-watching experience.
NWMaritime.org sponsors other events as well (including a
race to Alaska) – if you have a passion about boats and sailing, visit http://nwmaritime.org/ for all the details
before planning your trip to Port Townsend.
Go fishing, clamming, or shrimping with a tour guide: peninsulasportsman.com/fishing/.
Fly fishing, clam digging, and Dungeness crab-fishing are authentic Pacific
Northwest activities. Your tour guide will have all the equipment you will need.
Hurricane Ridge is a 17-mile drive from the Port Angeles Visitor Center. Total drive time from Port Townsend to Hurricane Ridge is around 1.5 hours.
Add to this time allotment whatever time you'd like to spend at the Port Angeles Visitor Center.
Once you've visited either Visitor Center, or at least spoken to a Ranger, you will be better able to decide if you’d like to allocate
more time to the Olympic National Park, or to continue enjoying the many Port
Townsend attractions. Follow the links for more info.
Our list of Port Townsend attractions in no way exhausts the possibilities of things to do in Port Townsend.
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