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Port Angeles

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Port Angeles is the the largest city in the Olympic Peninsula region of Washington. It is the county seat of Clallam County.

With a population of 19,000, Port Angeles is regarded as the "Center of it All" for the Olympic Peninsula. It's a great place to start for a day trip to Hurricane Ridge or a vacation to explore all of the Olympic National Park. Outdoor sports like kayaking, biking or hiking are very popular. Many quaint shops attract shoppers downtown and the expansive waterfront provides relaxation. With ferries coming and going all day, Port Angeles is the departure point for a trip to Victoria (British Columbia). Beautiful Pacific beaches are nearby and the lavender fields and berry farms of Sequim beckon all summer. Port Angeles is the place to be when it comes to experiencing all that the Olympic Peninsula has to offer.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

The William R. Fairchild International Airport (IATA: CLM) is located on the west side of the city. However, there is no commercial airline currently serving Port Angeles. Kenmore Air stopped service to Port Angeles in Nov 2014. Effective March, 2016, air service from Seattle (SeaTac airport) to Port Angeles will be available via Seaport Air.

Otherwise Seattle's SeaTac airport (IATA: SEA) [5] and Victoria International Airport (IATA: YYJ) north of Victoria BC would be the next nearest airports if arriving by other major commercial airlines. Be sure to have the proper international travel documents in hand and in order if needing to cross the U.S./Canadian border.

By car[edit]

From Seattle's main airport, SeaTac (IATA: SEA), one can drive directly to Port Angeles in just 2.5 hours Go south on I-5 to WA-16 at Exit #132B in Tacoma. Go along WA-16 through Tacoma, across the Narrows Bridge, through Gig Harbor to WA-3 in Bremerton. Continue north through Bremerton on WA-3 to WA-104, north of Silverdale and go west over the Hood Canal Bridge on WA-104 to US-101. Follow signs to merge on US-101 north. Another way is go I-5 N, past downtown Seattle, to WA-104 (NE 205th St) at exit 177. Go west on WA-104 to the Edmonds Ferry terminal and cross over by ferry to Kingston. Continue on WA-104 from Kingston at the other side to US-101. Go north on US-101 to Port Angeles.

By bus[edit]

Note: There are NO Greyhound bus services in this part of the state so the below are what's available:

  • Olympic Bus Lines, [6] operates the state's 'Travel Washington program's - Dungeness Line' bus goes from Seattle via Discovery Bay, Port Townsend & Sequim to Port Angeles. In Seattle they pick up passengers at the airport, King Street Amtrak Station, Greyhound and some of the major hospitals in First Hill near downtown (by appointment only).
  • Series of public buses from Grays Harbor If traveling up from Aberdeen or Hoquiam, catch the Grays Harbor Transit #60 to Amanda Park Mercantile; Jefferson Transit Olympic Connection bus from Amanda Park to Forks ; and Clallam Transit #14 to Port Angeles. Some are timed where one bus arrives in time for the next to leave within 10 minutes. Look at the schedules.

By boat[edit]

  • Blackball Transport [7] operates the MV Coho (vehicle) ferry and Victoria Express (passenger only) ferry to Victoria (British Columbia) across the San Juan de Fuca.
  • Port Angeles Boat Haven [8] is nestled in the nook of Ediz Hook and is a direct route from Victoria (British Columbia). It is a perfect stop over for boaters plying the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound.
  • Washington State Ferries [9] does not directly serve Port Angeles per se. But from Seattle one can drive up along Interstate 5 to WA-104 (NE 205th St at exit #177) and over to Edmonds to board a Washington State Ferry to Kingston. (See the rest under "By car" in the above). If traveling without a car one would take the ferry from Pier 52 downtown Seattle to Winslow (on Bainbridge Island) to catch the Kitsap Transit #90 to Poulsbo [10] instead. (See Series of buses under By bus in above for more info).

By bicycle[edit]

The Olympic Discovery Trail[11] heads west from Port Townsend. As of 2011 it is under construction, but reaches Port Angeles, and beyond to Lake Crescent. The section east of Port Angeles is an well marked car free trail, much of which is paved, and easy to traverse on a loaded touring bicycle. West of Port Angeles is the "adventure" part of the trail, for which a cross-country mountain bike is recommended. The trail is non-technical single track, making it a introductory level XC, challenging but doable on a loaded touring bicycle.

Get around[edit]

  • US Highway 101 goes east & west through town as E 1st & Front St to Lincoln St and then north & south along Lincoln, and continues west of Lincoln along Lauridsen Blvd. Laurel St going north and south, a block west of Lincoln divides the addresses & streets "east" from "west" while Front St divides the addresses and streets from "north" and "south".
  • Old Olympic Highway
  • Fairchild International Airport [12]
  • Port Angeles Boat Haven [13]
  • Clallam Transit [14] offers service in and around Port Angeles (#20-26), with connections to Forks (#14) (and on to Lake Quinault and Aberdeen) and Sequim (and on to Port Townsend). A single ride is $1.00, plus $0.50 for each additional zone entered. A day pass is $2.00.

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  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Golfing
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Beachcombing

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Quaint shops located downtown.

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Numerous places to dine or to just grab a bite to eat.

  • Frugals, 1527 East First St, 360-417-3958, [1]. This is a true classic American drive-thru. You will be instantly transported back to your childhood by the sights and most importantly the smells of the great food cooking there.  edit
  • Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant, 106 West Front St, 360-457-6944, [2]. If you are looking for great American style Chinese then look no further. They have a great feel and atmosphere to them and the food is second to none.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Water and stuff

Sleep[edit][add listing]

George Washington Inn




  • George Washington Inn, 939 Finn Hall Road, (360) 452-5207, [3]. A replica of George Washington's home located along the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Sequim and Port Angeles. $175-$300.  edit




  • Ca-flag.png Canada, 1501 4th Ave Ste 600, Seattle 98101, +1 206 443-1777 (, fax: +1 206 443-9662), [4]. there's no consulate in Port Angeles so the one in Seattle is closest if visas are necessary to go into Canada.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Sequim - As one of Port Angeles' next door neighbors, it is a bit more rural and still offers somewhat of a small-town atmosphere.
  • Forks - Take the Olympic Loop for a scenic drive around the Olympic Peninsula, including the Hoh Rain Forest and Stephenie Meyers' 'Twilight' town of Forks.

Routes through Port Angeles
AberdeenForks  W noframe E  SequimOlympia

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