From U.S. 101 at the tip of Discovery Bay, SR-20 splits off and runs 13 miles to downtown. Traffic coming from the Seattle area will want to take one of the many ferries across Puget Sound to reach the peninsula. Driving the land route alone, Port Townsend is roughly a two-hour drive north of Olympia, and one hour east of Port Angeles.
- Jefferson Transit. Port Townsend's and Jefferson County's public transit system. Serves Port Townsend from Sequim (with connections from Port Angeles), Poulsbo (with connections from Bremerton and Bainbridge Island), and Brinnon (with connections from Shelton and Olympia).
- Washington State Ferries, 1301 Water St (Along the waterfront.). There is a ferry connecting Port Townsend and Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. The small ferries required by Coupeville's narrow harbor mean that vehicle space is often limited, and drive-up motorists may have to wait several sailings for a space. Guaranteed reservations can be made in advance online or by calling 511, and are all but essential on Friday afternoons, weekends and holidays; another alternative is driving south via SR-19 and SR-104 (Hood Canal Bridge) to the larger ferries at Kingston or Bainbridge Island. Pedestrians and bicyclists will never have a problem boarding the ferry.
Everything is in an easy walking distance. When you don't feel like walking it is easy to catch a bus to anywhere in the town.
- Fort Worden State Park. Features beaches, many trails, and abandoned military bunkers.
- Manresa Castle, 651 Cleveland St (7th and Sheridan Sts). On the National Historic Registry. Also one of the most haunted buildings in America.
- See Port Townsend historic district, where there are still a lot of Victorian buildings in a "time capsule" atmosphere.
- See a movie at the Rose Theatre, which gets mostly indie films that only open in certain theatres, or at the Uptown Theatre.
- In mid to late September Port Townsend has its film festival where there's movies indoors and outdoors during the night. This is one of the biggest independent film festivals in the world.
- Stroll around on the downtown strip, visiting the interesting shops.
- In the summer, relax on the beaches at Fort Worden. (You can camp there too either on the beach or furter inland.)
- Port Townsend also holds a Wooden Boat Festival also in September.
- The Broken Spoke, 835 Water St (at Taylor St), ☎ +1 360 379-1295. Rent a bicycle and pedal around town or on local trails! Many styles and sizes to choose from at The Broken Spoke bicycle shop.
- Fountain Cafe, 920 Washington St, ☎ +1 360-385-1364. Great little place up the hill from the fountain with mostly organic foods.
- Waterfront Pizza, 951 Water St, ☎ +1 360-385-6629. The best pizza in town! Buy it by the slice or order a full pizza with all your favorites and dine upstairs in the funky atmosphere.
- Khu Larb Thai Restaurant, 225 Adams St, ☎ +1 360-385-5023. Really great Thai food, a favorite with the locals.
- Ichikawa Sushi Bar & Steak House, 1208 Water St, ☎ +1 360-379-4000. Japanese cuisine from its sister city.
- The Silverwater Cafe, 237 Taylor St, ☎ +1 360-385-6448. Great atmosphere and is known for their exceptional seafood dishes.
- 1012 Coffee Bar, 1012 Lawrence St (at Tyler St), ☎ +1 360 379-1012. 7AM-1PM daily. Artisan espresso with a cozy local feeling.
In sharp contrast to many other American towns, Port Townsend has several historic downtown hotels.
- The Belmont, +1 360-385-3007.
- Palace Hotel Port Townsend, 1004 Water St, ☎ +1 360-385-0773. Occupying a historic Victorian building, this restored hotel is located right in downtown.
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