Port Angeles 

Port Angeles in Washington is the largest town on the Olympic Peninsula. It stands on the Pacific Coast Highway and is the gateway to the Olympic National Park.

The harbor at Port Angeles, gateway to the Olympic National ParkPort Angeles

Port Angeles stands on the northern coast of Washington state, looking across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca at Vancouver Island, in Canada. It's the biggest town on the Olympic Peninsula, and the main gateway town for visits to the Olympic National Park.

There are plenty of other places you could make your base if visiting the National Park, but here is where you'll find most of the hotels, restaurants, shopping, and other entertainments, and a few things for visitors to go see as well – like Hollywood Beach.

As there's an airport and a marina here, and it's on the Pacific Coast Highway, Port Angeles does get busy in the summer. It's definitely a place for folks who like company. If you want a bit more peace and solitude, choose to stay in one of the many fine lodges that can be found on the edge of the Olympic National Park.

The name of Port Angeles, by the way, was originally Puerto de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, or the Port of Our Lady of the Angels. It acquired this melodious Spanish name in 1791 from the explorer Juan Francisco de Eliza, but George Vancouver cut it short in 1792 when he trimmed it to Port Angeles. 

Mural in Port Angeles, WashingtonMural in Port Angeles

Things to Do in Port Angeles

Clallam Historical Society Museum
223 E. 4th Street
The focus of this museum is the 1914 courthouse that has been beautifully preserved, allowing you to see what it was like to be the judge or jury, or even the accused, standing before them. There are also displays about the history of the town, especially the many Native American people who originally lived here: the Hoh, Makah, Quileute, Quinault, and S'Klallam tribes.

The Fiero Marine Life Center
At the Pier
See what's happening down below the ocean waves with these displays of the marine creatures that inhabit the local waters. There are aquariums and touch tanks, and experts around to tell you all about them. Note that outside of high summer, the Center is only open on weekend afternoons.

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
1203 W. Lauridsen Blvd
The galleries of this excellent art center highlights the work of the artists of the Pacific Northwest. There's also an outdoor sculpture garden, and it's the perfect spot to take photos of the city and the harbor. 

More Information
To find out more visit the website of the
Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce

Other Olympic Peninsula pages

  • Sequim

    Little Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington is a delightful place to stop if driving the Pacific Coast Highway.

  • Port Townsend

    Port Townsend is noted for its Victorian architecture, sits at the top of the Olympic Peninsula, close to the Olympic National Park and 55 miles from Seattle.

  • Olympic Peninsula Wineries

    Olympic Peninsula wineries are not in the heart of Washington wine country but the vineyards near the Pacific Coast Highway are worth a visit.

  • Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel reviews an Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide published by the Beautiful Pacific Northwest website.

  • Olympic National Park

    Olympic National Park, west of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, is one of the largest and least developed parks in the United States.

  • Olympic National Park Accommodation

    Olympic National Park accommodation consists of campgrounds and trailer parks, and most visitors to the park stay in nearby lodges and resorts.

  • Guide to the Olympic Peninsula

    Moon's Spotlight Guide to the Olympic Peninsula covers hotels, restaurants, and sights, including Forks, the Olympic National Park and other places.

  • Forks Washington

    Forks is a small city in Washington State, known as the gateway to the Olympic National Park, and as the home for the Twilight series of books and movies.



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