The ROAMies, Alexa & Rory, Explore Port Angeles, Washington for a Winter Escape. Listen to their Travel Podcast for Port Angeles Travel Tips for a Winter Vacation Beyond the Twilight Highlights.

Guest Blog Post Written by Alexa James, one half of  The ROAMies

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Welcome to our first escapade in the enchanting Port Angeles! Tucked away in the embrace of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, this gem of a city is bursting with experiences just waiting to be uncovered.

Join us, Rory and Alexa, The ROAMies, as we share our journey and invite you to dive into your very own Port Angeles adventure.

We enjoyed it so much, we talk all about it on our podcast, The ROAMies Podcast – Episode 224.  Give it a listen for all of our recommendations during our winter vacation to the Olympic Peninsula.

Our journey from Seattle to Port Angeles gave us a taste of the vastness of Olympic National Park. The two-and-a-half-hour drive was just a teaser of what was to come. Surrounded by the park’s sprawling wilderness, Port Angeles beckoned us to explore. Our advice? Give yourself plenty of time to soak it all in. A single weekend barely scratches the surface of this awe-inspiring landscape.

We timed our visit for February, the off-season, and boy, were we glad we did! With fewer crowds, we had the privilege of enjoying nature’s private tour. Despite some brisk weather here and there, the beauty of Port Angeles had us captivated. And let’s not forget, each season here has its own charm—from crisp autumn hikes to thrilling winter sports and the burst of color in spring. Port Angeles is definitely a year-round wonderland.

Exploring the Outdoors: Biking Trails and Natural Wonders

One of the highlights of our trip was exploring the biking trails Port Angeles has to offer. Rory had a blast on an e-bike courtesy of Brandon Irvine, owner of Discover E-Bikes. He provided such personalized service and great equipment. Thank you, Brandon!! Rory’s epic ride included the Port Angeles waterfront trail — portion of the much larger Olympic Discovery Trail. Meanwhile, Alexa snuck in a quick hike into the Elwha River Entrance to Olympic National Park and fell in love with the Madison Creek Falls — just one of many waterfalls in the Port Angeles area.

The Port Angeles Visitor Center was our go-to spot for insider tips. The staff and volunteers there, super friendly and knowledgeable, hooked us up with the best activities for our February visit. Despite a few trail closures, we were spoiled for choice with plenty of attractions to explore.

Whether you’re into leisurely townie walks or heart-pounding mountain routes, Port Angeles has you covered. Speaking of being covered, we were glad we brought plenty of layers, gloves, hats, the works—along with our cameras 🙂 –  to help us fully enjoy those breathtaking, picturesque landscapes.

Nature’s Grandeur and Outdoor Pursuits In & Near the Olympic National Park

As we ventured deeper into the heart of Port Angeles, we couldn’t help but be drawn in by its natural wonders. Lake Crescent, with its crystal-clear waters, left us completely spellbound. From leisurely strolls along its shores to checking out the historic Lake Crescent Lodge, we can’t wait to get back and spend more time there!

And then there’s Olympic National Park—the jewel in Port Angeles’ crown. Stepping into its ancient forests felt like stepping back in time. Towering trees and lush foliage surrounded us, creating an atmosphere of pure magic. Whether you’re hiking through the wilderness or shredding it up on Hurricane Ridge, Port Angeles offers a playground of unmatched beauty and diversity.

Moby Duck restaurant in downtown Port Angeles - seafood on a plate

Culinary Delights and Cultural Gems in Port Angeles

Of course, no adventure is complete without indulging in the local cuisine, and Port Angeles definitely delivered on that front. From charming cafes, shops, and restaurants nestled along the waterfront and in the Port Angeles Wharf, to cozy diners serving up comfort food, the dining scene here is nothing short of amazing. Our favorites? Traylor’s for a breakfast that southern — and vintage — dreams are made of , Moby Duck for a lunch of freshly caught fish, Silver Lining Cafe for coffee and treats, Kokopelli Grill for savory seafood dishes (and one of the best harbor views from the bar), and Welly’s for some seriously indulgent New Zealand-style ice cream.

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As we roamed the charming streets of downtown Port Angeles, we stumbled upon a vibrant arts scene just waiting to be explored. Murals adorned the walls, while a wealth of metal sculptures added a touch of whimsy to the landscape. Historic landmarks like the Elwha Klallam Museum at the historic Carnegie building and hidden gems like Harbor Art added depth to the town’s cultural tapestry. Rory especially enjoyed exploring Port Angeles’ Antique Mall in Downtown. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on exploring the downtown shopping treasures Port Angeles has to offer.

Planning Your Own Adventure to the Olympic Peninsula

Feeling inspired yet? We sure hope so! Port Angeles is calling, and it’s time for you to answer that call. Whether you’re drawn to the rugged beauty of Olympic National Park or the culinary delights of downtown, there’s something here for everyone. And don’t forget to go to visitportangeles.com for all the resources you need to plan your own epic adventure. And you can always refer to our Port Angeles podcast episode 224 for continued inspiration.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, hit the road, and let the wonders of Port Angeles unfold before you. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures in this enchanting destination. Until next time, happy exploring!

 — Rory and Alexa, The ROAMies