Destination guide

Welcome to the Olympic Peninsula

Port Angeles buzzes with art events, great dining, shopping, and history. This vibrant small town on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula sits on the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, close to the Canadian border. With beaches, hiking, and biking trails right in town, a Port Angeles vacation rental allows you to make the most of the outdoors in this green and scenic state, get out on the moody blue waters of the channel for sailing or whale watching, and enjoy the town’s arts and cultural events.

Things to do

Tradition and culture in Port Angeles

The Olympic Peninsula is rich in Native American history and culture, and you can discover more about the original, native Klallam people at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, a Longhouse at Peninsular Community College. If you’re staying at your Port Angeles vacation rental with kids, the Webster Woods Art Park makes for a fun day out. Hunt around the broadleaf woods surrounding this home and former artist’s studio to discover sculptures and artworks hanging in the trees. On top of that, the Fine Arts Center hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Activities

Explore downtown Port Angeles

From your Port Angeles vacation rental, you can hit the streets of downtown Port Angeles to discover art murals and outdoor sculptures among the shops and restaurants. At the city’s Hollywood Beach and City Pier area, you can picnic, watch the ferry come and go, or head out onto the water. The Olympic Discovery Trail runs past the beach, offering scenic biking and hiking. Head west towards Ediz Hook to kayak, SUP, kitesurf, or dive, while enjoying dramatic views of the city and the snowy peaks of the Olympic Mountains. Come winter, head south of town to Hurricane Ridge, where you can snow-shoe, ski, snowboard, or tube.

Weather

Enjoy seasonal events in Port Angeles

Port Angeles’ climate is tempered by the Pacific Ocean, resulting in rather cool summers and pleasantly mild winters for its position. What’s more, because Port Angeles lies in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, it’s generally less wet than neighboring areas. This climate makes it possible to enjoy the best of the outdoors year-round. Fall is a particularly rewarding time to visit, with local vineyards and wineries running special events around harvest time, and October’s Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival is one of the most acclaimed food festivals in the country.

Natural features

Explore forests and beaches near Port Angeles

Along the Port Angeles shoreline, you’ll discover the limpid tidepools, dark shale and sandstone sea stacks, and serene pebbly beaches for which this area is known. Here, you can glimpse sea otters and many different sea birds. Inland, hikers and bikers can also enjoy the Olympic Peninsula's waterfall trail. The pounding white waters of the Madison Creek Falls are just a short drive from a Port Angeles vacation rental. The Salt Creek Recreation Area, half an hour west of town, takes you past forested trails, a sandy beach, and rocky tide pools to the wide, clear waters of Crescent Bay. Depending on the time of year, orcas, humpback, gray, and minke whales can be seen from the shore.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Port Angeles

Fly into Port Angeles, WA (CLM-William R. Fairchild Intl.), the closest airport, located 9.8 mi (15.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Victoria, BC (YWH-Victoria Inner Harbour), which is 30.9 mi (49.8 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Port Angeles?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 205 vacation rentals near Port Angeles. From 123 Houses to 46 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Port Angeles for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Port Angeles?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Port Angeles:

  • James Bay: 404 vacation rentals
  • Fairfield: 348 vacation rentals
  • Cook Street Village: 134 vacation rentals
  • Gonzales: 58 vacation rentals
  • South Oak Bay: 28 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Port Angeles?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Port Angeles. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Port of Port Angeles: 296 vacation rentals
  • Port Angeles Dream Playground: 301 vacation rentals
  • Port Angeles Fine Art Center: 299 vacation rentals
  • Feiro Marine Life Center: 300 vacation rentals
  • Peninsula Golf Club: 305 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Port Angeles listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Port Angeles?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 123 Houses in Port Angeles. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Port Angeles include:

  • Cabins: 46 rentals available
  • Cottages: 46 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 46 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Port Angeles?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10 vacation rentals with pool available in Port Angeles. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.