Port Angeles, Washington
With around 20,000 people, Port Angeles is the biggest city at the north end of the Olympic Peninsula. Although there is not necessarily a lot of sightseeing in the city itself, its restaurants, lodging, gas and shopping make Port Angeles a great place to stay while exploring the destinations around the north end of the Olympic Peninsula, from Port Townsend to Forks and various places in Olympic National Park.
One interesting feature of Port Angeles is the amount of public art you'll see. There are a number of murals, permanent sculptures and temporary installations throughout the downtown. The locals use their downtown; there are a number of active businesses, restaurants and nightlife destinations there. And of course as a port city, there's a nice waterfront area to explore or to just sit back and enjoy watching the boats in the harbor.
Ediz Hook is the large sand spit that defines the harbor at Port Angeles. Visitors can drive out onto it for its views back towards the city and Olympic Mountains.
Someday we can expect to see a Klallam Tribe cultural center built near where Ediz Hook meets the mainland. In 2004 a construction effort exposed the ruins of Tse-whit-zen, a Lower Elwha Klallam village that may date back as much as 2700 years. So far, archaeologists have identified more than 10,000 artifacts and 335 skeletons, making it the largest ancient Native American village discovered in the state.
Kalakala Ferry Mural (O14A0071)
This mural of the old Kalakala ferry is one of a number of murals found around town in Port Angeles.
The Rocktopus Sculpture (O14A0088)
The Rocktopus is the work of Oliver Strong and Maureen Wall. It is located near the visitor center at the City Pier along the waterfront.
Coast Guard Station on Ediz Hook (O14A0090)
Ediz Hook is a stabilized sand spit that creates the protected harbor at Port Angeles. A Coast Guard station is located at the tip of the hook.
The Olympic Mountains from Ediz Hook (O14A0113)
Ediz Hook provides views of Port Angeles and of the Olympic Mountains to the south.
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Giant Rubber Duck, Port Angeles, Washington
- Hiking At Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington
- Marymere Falls, Olympic National Park, Washington