Port Angeles Travel Guide
Port Angeles Travel Guide
Located 2.5 hours from Seattle via ferry (or driving around) Port Angeles or ‘PA’ is a coastal community on the North Olympic Peninsula known for great paddling, surfing and access points to Olympic National Park such as Lake Crescent, the Elwha River and Hurricane Ridge. ‘PA’ can be accessed as a day trip or overnight. Many Seattle area surfers visit for day trips.
PSUPA COURSE –
Class and paddling locations may include the following depending on conditions:
Salt Creek Rec Area – Also has camping and RVs.
Travel Directions & Tips
Ferries: Take the Kingston, Bainbridge or Bremerton ferries from Seattle. Or Port Townsend ferry from Whidbey Island (get a reservation). Use WSDOT to check schedules, real time status, cameras of lines etc. Early is best to avoid lines. Or late at night. Get the WSDOT app.
Driving There: If you’re coming from the south, take Highway 16 and the Narrows Bridge and head north to Highway 3, then the 104 across Hood Canal Bridge then to the 101 to PA. Aim for ‘Port Angeles’ on the Olympic Peninsula.
Port Angeles Lodging Options
All Port Angeles Lodging (all area places hotels, camping and VRB/AirBnB)
Downtown Recommendations… Quality Inn Uptown (right above downtown); Red Lion (waterfront); Olympic Lodge (not Nat’l Park).
Lake Crescent Lodge (Olympic Nat’l Park) 20 min from Port Angeles. Cabins and hotel, beautiful spot. * 20 min drive to Salt Creek Rec Area.
AirBNB & VRBO – We’ll be paddling at one or several of these spots: Freshwater Bay, Crescent Beach / Salt Creek Rec Area, Lake Crescent.
Camping & RV Spots
These two are a few minutes apart, both on the Strait of Juan de Fuca by surfing and paddling areas.
Salt Creek Recreational Area – Great waterfront park with camping, RV and day use. Crescent Beach has great surfing and exploring.
Food in Port Angeles –
Note due to Covid-19 many places are only available for Take-out. Call each to check their status.
Our favorite spots – Next Door Gastropub; Barhop; The Haven (breakfast); Bella Italia, Sapor, Coyote BBQ.
Coffee / Sandwiches: Blackbird Cafe and Coffeehouse
Food / Services in Joyce, WA
Blackberry Cafe – Sandwiches, burgers and shakes.
Joyce Country Store – Super fun classic place with groceries, gas, hardware, and the biggest candy selection. Worth a visit!
Supplies – Camping, Paddling, Outdoors, Hardware, General
Swain’s – A classic ‘everything’ store with camping, outdoors, hardware, clothing/shoes, kitchen etc… Worth a visit!!
Brown’s Outdoor – Camping, backpacking, clothing.
Get last minute paddling and surf gear at the Disco Bay Outdoor Exchange on Hwy 101 at Discovery Bay (just after the Port Townsend cut-off, before Sequim).
In Seattle, Urban Surf and NW Outdoor Center.
Country Aire – Natural food style grocery store, like a Whole Foods.
Safeway – 2 locations