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With more than 19,000 residents, Port Angeles is the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula. Located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles boasts access to a wide variety of Northwest-specific seafood. Many visitors use it as a base camp to access Victoria, B.C., and Olympic National Park.
Olympic National Park Often called “three parks in one,” where else can you view breathtaking mountain panoramas, powerful waves crashing against giant seastacks and the remnants of ancient forests in one day? In the summer, smell the amazing wildflowers and the post-rainforests, see our unique wildlife, explore the stunning coast and fall in love with our lakes and waterfalls.
Sequim Located in the rain shadow of the 8,000-foot Olympic Mountains, this Dungeness Valley city is one of the driest locales in Western Washington, which means summertime sun abounds. With access to the Dungeness Spit, as well as a strong theater scene, there’s something for everyone. Visit for the lavender and irrigation history, stay for the friendly and knowledgable community members.
Port Townsend Established in 1851, Port Townsend’s character comes from its boom in the 1880s and 1890s as a major seaport and fishing and lumber location. Victorian architecture peppers the maritime city, and the laid-back atmosphere draws personalities from across the board to the seat of Jefferson County. With festivals, community events, theater performances and quirky concerts held year-round, you won’t be bored in Port Townsend.
Forks is located in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula, between the Olympic Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beaches. Discover riverside and coastal hikes, explore temperate rainforests, enjoy some fishing, and learn about the history of logging in Forks. And, yes, there’s still plenty of Twilight fun out here.
The Olympic Peninsula’s awesomely beautiful Pacific coastal area can be reached just outside of Forks. On the Strait of Juan de Fuca’s coast, visit several unique towns. Stand at the edge of the continent, go fishing, view astonishing seabirds, explore tidepools and become hypnotized by the magic and allure that is the ocean.
GRAPHICS BY KEITH CURTIS
OLYMPIC PENINSULA VISITORS GUIDE • SUMMER 2018