Port Angeles, WA, USA

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Port Angeles, WA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.