EXPLORE MORE. Things to Do in Port Angeles
Looking for things to do in Port Angeles and throughout the rest of the Olympic Peninsula? Well, you’ve arrived at the right spot to get started. The town of Port Angeles will likely surprise you. Most people don’t ever realize how much there is to do here until you actually arrive. So if you’re planning that weekend trip from Seattle, you may want to extend it a bit to make the most of your drive or Ferry ride to the “upper left” of Washington state.
Start planning your stay in Port Angeles for your visit to the Olympic National Park and beyond right here and right now.
Save the date for dozens of events happening in Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula every year. From running, riding & racing to art, music, libations & entire festivals celebrating craft beer, fields of lavender, and even our Dungeness Crab population.
Port Angeles sits at the entrance to one of the nation’s most diverse National Parks and the only World Heritage Site in the Northwest. The Olympic National Park has nearly 1 million acres for year-round exploring, plus dozens of more outdoor adventures outside of the park. Hiking, biking and beachcombing are just the beginning.
Port Angeles’ seaside and mountain side locale allows for every water sport and activity imaginable. You can paddle, scuba, standup paddleboard, surf, kayak and more at the Strait of Juan de Fuca, on the Elwha River, or at one of the nearby mountain lakes like Lake Crescent.
The best part about winter time in Port Angeles is you are free to seek out the snow and all the winter activities available in the higher elevations at Hurricane Ridge, but you can also enjoy a snow-free time in and around town — you can hike, bike and beachcomb all winter long!
Shop & stroll around Port Angeles’ charming downtown & waterfront. You’ll find plenty one-of-a-kind boutiques and gift stores, antique stores, art galleries, indie bookstores, a gourmet market and even a weekly Farmers Market.
From historic jaunts underground to art spotting for murals to Native American heritage celebrations and museums, Port Angeles is popping with culture galore.
Wildlife and sea life abound in Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula because of the natural diversity. Start with whale watching and tide pool combing then head from sea to land where you can bird watch in a bay or hike in the hills for glimpses of marmot, deer and mountain goats.
If you’re short on time during your stay in Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula, we’ve highlighted a few of the top sights you should definitely visit.
Go with a guided tour, or book a professional guide for a custom excursion, for your adventures around Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula.
Make Port Angeles your hub as you day trip your way across the Olympic Peninsula region. Easy day trips from Port Angeles include Victoria, B.C. in Canada, the Hoh Rainforest, a Waterfall Trail, Port Townsend — a historic Victorian seaport town, and even a Culinary Loop.
Port Angeles isn’t all about the outdoorsy lifestyle — we love to celebrate the fun of the great indoors, too. From movie theaters, casinos, and bowling to live music and nightlife in downtown, you can still find plenty of fun once the sun sets.