Port Angeles

Port Angeles is the largest city in the Olympic Peninsula region of Washington, dubbed as the "Center of it All" for the specific part of the state. It is the county seat of Clallam County. It's a great place to start for a day trip to Hurricane Ridge or a vacation to explore all of the Olympic National Park. Outdoor sports like kayaking, biking or hiking are very popular. Many quaint shops attract shoppers downtown and the expansive waterfront provides relaxation. With ferries coming and going all day, Port Angeles is the departure point for a trip to Victoria (British Columbia). Beautiful Pacific beaches are nearby and the lavender fields and berry farms of Sequim beckon all summer. Port Angeles is the place to be when it comes to experiencing all that the Olympic Peninsula has to offer.

Get in

The MV Coho loading cars for its last trip of the day to Victoria, BC

By car

The main road traversing Port Angeles is the US Highway 101, which loops around the Olympic Peninsula. The nearest major towns are Forks, 1 hour to the west, and Sequim, 30 minutes away in the east.

Travelers from Seattle or points north can get into the area in just 2 hours using a ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, and then continuing to Washington State Route 104 before merging with Highway 101. Travelers from south of Seattle can take the Interstate 5, exit to Highway 16, before merging with the Highway 101 portion that goes along the Hood Canal. Travelers from Olympia or points south can get off I-5 at Hwy 101 and follow Hwy 101 through Shelton, Brinon and the Hood Canal up to Port Angeles.

By air

The William R. Fairchild International Airport (IATA: CLM) is located on the west side of the city. Currently, the airport is used primarily for charter and general aviation purposes. The next nearest airports for commercial flights are Victoria International Airport (IATA: YYJ) in Sidney, BC, 27km north of Victoria; and Seattle Tacoma International Airport (IATA: SEA) in Seattle. Be sure to have the proper travel documents to cross the border between Canada and the United States if arriving and/or departing through Victoria.

By boat

Port Angeles has a direct connection to Victoria, BC at Canada's Vancouver Island. One can also get to the roads towards Port Angeles after using the Washington State Ferries that dock at Port Townsend or Kingston.

  • Port Townsend from Coupeville on Whidbey Island.
  • Kingston from Edmonds (WA-Hwy 104/Hwy 3). Follow WA-Hwy 104 from the ferry terminal up towards the Hood Canal Bridge via Port Gamble. From there continue towards Highway 101.

Port Angeles Boat Haven is nestled in the nook of Ediz Hook and is a direct route from Victoria (British Columbia). It is a perfect stop over for boaters plying the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound.

By bus

The main bus station is at the downtown Gateway (bus) Transit Center for Clallam Transit and Olympic Bus Lines at 123 E Front St, at Front & Lincoln, a couple blocks SE of the ferry terminal. Buses travel along US Hwy 101 between Forks, Port Angeles & Sequim. They do NOT go into the Olympic National Park itself, up into Hurricane Ridge from town or the Olympic National Forest. They can only drop off along the main road and it is up to the individual to hike into the park or arrange other transportation into the park:

By bicycle

The Olympic Discovery Trail heads west from Port Townsend. As of 2011 it is under construction, but reaches Port Angeles, and beyond to Lake Crescent. The section east of Port Angeles is an well marked car free trail, much of which is paved, and easy to traverse on a loaded touring bicycle. West of Port Angeles is the "adventure" part of the trail, for which a cross-country mountain bike is recommended. The trail is non-technical single track, making it an introductory level XC, challenging but doable on a loaded touring bicycle.

Get around

Public transportation is provided by Clallam Transit. The fare for each bus ride is $1 for adults, $0.50 for youth and seniors with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit card. The bus service goes as far as Forks and Sequim!

By car

By & large, most visitors go to and around the town by car, especially those who would venture far out into the Olympic National Park or anywhere off the Hwy 101 corridor. Parking is generally easy to find, but the downtown area only allows 2 hours of street parking. Taking the bus up here (see 'By bus' under 'Getting in' in the above) from Sea-Tac and renting car here may cheaper than renting a car at the airport, especially with the 12% airport surcharge, and driving up here especially. Check the car rental companies' websites for rate differences between renting at the airport, somewhere in Seattle or Port Angeles. Avis & Budget are located next door to the Gateway Bus Transit Center while Enterprise is located several blocks east on E 1st St.


Port Angeles & Ediz Hook



Quaint shops located downtown.


Numerous places to dine or to just grab a bite to eat.


Water and stuff




Go next

Routes through Port Angeles

Aberdeen Forks  W  E  Sequim Olympia
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