About Port Angeles
Nestled atop a picturesque and strategic harbor of the Washington Peninsula, Port Angeles is home to over 19,000 residents. Port Angeles is the epicenter for Northwestern water, mountain, and forest adventure. The old-fashioned downtown, bustling waterfront, and vibrant arts scene make this seaside town a premier destination for both tourists and those wishing to call the Peninsula home.
Though not as dry and sunny as its sister city Sequim, Port Angeles still enjoys very mild weather. The winter lows drop to about 36 degrees (with about 4 inches of snow, which doesn’t stay around for very long), with a very agreeable high of 68 degrees in August. Being in the Olympic rain shadow, Port Angeles gets an average of 25 inches of rain (compared to soggy Seattle’s 38 inches).
As the official headquarters of the Olympic National Park, Port Angeles was named by Backpacking Magazine as the one of the best National Park Gateway towns (along with such luminaries as Moab, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming). Port Angeles has plenty of outfitters for every outdoor adventure, from fly fishing to backpacking to kayaking. After your wilderness adventure in Olympic National Park (established by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936), return to Port Angeles to feast on delicious grilled salmon and Dungeness crab and refresh yourself with Washington state’s legendary wine or craft beer. After dessert, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beautiful coastline as you take in the views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, our natural water border with Canada.
Take a scenic bicycle ride down the 60-mile long Olympic Discovery Trail, kayak through Freshwater Bay, or take a daytrip to Victoria, Canada aboard the Coho Ferry. Port Angeles loves a good festival, including the Maritime Festival, Jazz in the Olympics, Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, and Concerts on the Pier. Or come cheer on the pride of Peninsula, the Port Angeles Lefties baseball team! All these excursions and even more adventures await you in Port Angeles.
Though it may appear you’re far away from Washington state’s economic centers, the booming economy of Port Angeles is closely connected to Seattle and the world. Port Angeles boasts outstanding educational and health care facilities such as the Olympic Medical Center and Peninsula College. A diverse range of industries drive the economy, including aerospace, hot and cold composite divisions, yacht building, forest products, fishing, and farming. The comfortable Dungeness Line daily bus service goes straight to Seattle and the airport, or if you’re in a real hurry, Kenmore Air Express can get you to Sea-Tac Airport within a half-hour from the William R. Fairchild International Airport, only 3.5 miles from town.
When Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza christened the harbor Puerto de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Port of Our Lady of the Angels) in 1791, he had no idea he was launching the future launching pad to the Pacific and the Olympics. More than likely, old Francisco would be pleased that Port Angeles kept his name, and he would love what’s been done with the place. From Pacific Northwestern arts and crafts to the rugged and unique rain forests of the Olympics, Port Angeles is your gateway to the Peninsula lifestyle.