Port Angeles Town

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Port Angeles calls itself the Authentic Northwest. It is the gateway city to the million-acre Olympic National Park famous for snow-capped views, whisper-quiet rainforests, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, and abundant opportunities for camping, walking, whitewater rafting, and of course, riding. Port Angeles, known by the locals as "PA", is the last major town before arriving in Forks, the nexus of the Twilight adventure. For those interested in the Twilight book and movie series, PA has several locations downtown.

Bike race down the PA Waterfront portion of the ODT

Bike race down the PA Waterfront portion of the ODT

Away from the mountains, forests, and lakes PA is bordered by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which is a salt water inlet of the Pacific Ocean. Port Angeles has miles of salt water waterfront to explore on foot or by boat. Port Angeles is also the ferry access point for quaint "Old English" Victoria, British Columbia, in Canada. While in Victoria, jump on the Galloping Goose biking trail that extends for 37 miles.

Logistics:

Visit our Planning and Support pages for driving directions and for specialty needs. You can get to Port Angeles by car via the cities of Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle. You can also arrive here via US Hwy 101 that runs along the Pacific coast. It is also possible to arrive here via the Coho ferry from Victoria. The Coho carries walk-on passengers, vehicles, and bikes. A passport is required for this crossing! Please visit the ferry website for possible seasonal closures and latest travel news.

There is airline service at Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles including service via Kenmore Air from/to Seattle's Boeing Field with a ground link to SeaTac. There is bus service from downtown Seattle and Seatac airport via Olympic Bus Lines. Their buses hold 2 bikes externally and can also carry bikes in a box inside. Clallam Transit (Port Angeles and Sequim) and Jefferson Transit (Port Townsend) work together to offer bus service from Port Townsend to Forks, and each bus can carry 2 bikes externally. The bus terminal in Port Angeles is at Front St and N. Lincoln.

Sound Bikes and Kayaks

Sound Bikes and Kayaks

Downtown Port Angeles hosts a large grocery store on Lincoln St and a natural foods store on West 1st. Groceries are also available at various markets on Hwy 101 on the east and west sides of the city. Sound Bikes & Kayaks, located at 120 E. Front St, can help you with your cycling needs (click ad in photo set at bottom of this page).

Every Saturday there is a farmers market and craft fair with an additional market on summer Wednesdays. The farmers markets are held at the Gateway Center at the corner of Front and N. Lincoln Sts.

Dining:

Within 3 blocks of Front St and N. Lincoln are nearly a dozen restaurants. PA offers fine to casual dining including seafood, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Indian, Chinese, and American-style cuisines. The Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce website has a complete listing of dining spots.

Lodging:

Port Angeles has a rich variety of hotels, motels, and B&Bs. Visit the Olympic Peninsula website for the most current information. There is also camping outside the city. Visit our Camping page for more details on camping opportunities.

Things to Do:

Hurricane Ridge from visitor center

Hurricane Ridge from visitor center

Port Angeles offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Outdoors there are kayaking tours, mountain bike excursions, historic tours, and white water rafting tours. Olympic National Park has over 600 miles of hiking trails while Olympic National Forest has 663,000 acres to explore. There are many rivers, lakes, and salt water shorelines available for fishing. From spring to fall there are a number of festivals including the Crabfest, Juan de Fuca Festival, and Arts in Action.

Indoors, PA offers live and movie theaters, the Port Angeles Symphony, and museums. The town has lots of one-of-a-kind shops, including galleries featuring local artists. There are 4 wineries with wine tasting and micro brewed beer. Visit the Olympic Peninsula winery website for winery details. Sound Bikes and Kayaks offers bike information and repairs. Visit the Olympic Peninsula website for the most current information. Adventure Bike Tours/Adventures Through Kayaking offers mountain biking tours that include quality bikes, instruction, and shuttle service to reduce up hill climbs. Visit our Outfitters and Guide Tours page for details.


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Hurricane Ridge from visitor center PA City Hall circa 1919 Sound Bikes and Kayaks Hurricane Ridge walk Restaurant famous for Twilight Fans Bike race down the PA Waterfront portion of the ODT
Crescent Lake ultra clear blue green water Lady of the Lake ferry on Lake Crescent Lagoon off the Elwha River and beach Fishing for Salmon in the Elwha Riding down Hurricane Ridge Riding down Hurricane Ridge
Salt Creek State Park Waterfront Port Angeles Waterfront Trail at night