Port Angeles is a coastal city in northwestern Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. Only about a two-hour drive from Seattle, Port Angeles is beloved by outdoors enthusiasts who take advantage of the city’s proximity to Olympic National Park. It’s also popular with visitors interested in day-tripping to Vancouver Island. Tourists who love all things outdoors should seriously look into Port Angeles vacation rentals.
Exploring Olympic National Park
In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt formally sanctioned off what has now become known as Olympic National Park. Since that time, this 920,000-plus acre park has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a haven for nature lovers around the world. This park is split into four areas, each containing a different ecosystem that ranges from wet rainforests to alpine regions. The most popular hiking trail in Olympic National Park is undoubtedly at Hurricane Ridge, which offers guests phenomenal views of the landscape any time of year. A few other points of interest in this national park include Lake Crescent by the Olympic Mountains, Kalaloch and Rube Beach, and the Hoh Rainforest. People staying in Port Angeles will enjoy unparalleled access to these natural wonders and much more during their stay.
Touring Historic Victoria
After Olympic National Park, the second most popular thing to do while at Port Angeles is to take a ferry over to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Whether tourists are interested in history, architecture, food, or gardens, they won’t have any difficulty finding something to admire while exploring British Columbia’s capital. A few of the most popular tourist spots in Victoria include the Butchart Gardens, Chinatown, and Craigdarroch Castle.
Booking A Whale Watching Tour
Visitors in Port Angeles will find numerous opportunities to go whale watching on their tour of Port Angeles. While it’s more common to see grey and humpback whales, some guests have seen killer whales on their ferry ride around this area. Many companies offer special whale watching tours every month of the year, but travel experts recommend visiting between April and October for the best whale watching experience.