Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains on the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles is the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula and is celebrated as the gateway to Olympic National Park. Hurricane Ridge, a popular destination for summer hiking and winter snow sports is only 17 miles from downtown. Port Angeles is also home to two separate ferries crossing the Strait to Victoria, BC, making it an ideal base for an international add-on to a Northwest vacation.
Glacier-covered mountains march from the coast to the heart of the Peninsula. Ranging from sea level to the lofty height of 8,000 feet within 20 to 60 miles of shore, the mountains are a constant part of the scenery. About the only time you will lose sight of them is when you are deep in the forest or, as often happens, when they are enshrouded in a blanket of clouds. Although geographically close to the bustle of several large cities, the Olympic Peninsula feels separated from modern times.
The rain forest of the Olympic Peninsula receives the most rain of anywhere in the continental U.S. Wet days are not only expected, they are actually welcomed by many visitors. It’s also home to the world's largest Sitka Spruce tree. At almost 56 feet around, you and nine of your friends would be challenged to encircle it while holding hands. Besides the Sitka Spruce, there are nine other record "giants" throughout the Olympic National Park. Combined, these ten trees are 1,749 feet tall and 279 feet around. The largest, a Douglas fir, is 298 feet tall and 37 feet in circumference.
In addition to the great outdoors there are several Festivals & Events to enjoy.
Ready to fly to Port Angeles? Book online or call 866.435.9524 Kenmore Air Express flies between Seattle and Port Angeles with scheduled service 4-6 times daily (depending on the season). Flights can be booked from Seattle Boeing Field or from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with a complimentary shuttle connection.
Click here to see the schedule. Charter Service is also available year-round.
If you're arriving at Sea-Tac International Airport heading to Port Angeles, here's a short video you may find helpful: