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things to do in port angelesSituated between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic National Park, Port Angeles is the gateway to the scenic beauty and recreational activities available on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. In addition to the cultural attractions in town, such as the Port Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Community Playhouse, visitors are in close proximity to challenging golf courses as well as the activities that abound in region’s water, forest and mountain environments. The staff at the George Washington Inn shares the following tips on what to do when in Port Angeles.

In the City

Steeped in its heritage as a former logging center, the downtown features historical tours of older buildings as well as underground archaeological sites that provide insight into a bygone era.
Stroll through the Art on the Town project as well as along the Avenue of the People to enjoy sculptures and other outdoor works of art. Explore the thought-provoking exhibits of the Fine Arts Center and Webster’s Woods.Along with the picturesque views of ships sailing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from City Pier, the scenic waterfront provides panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains and the City of Victoria across the strait. The pier hosts a variety of outdoor events, including farmers markets and summer concerts.

The waterfront is home to the Olympic Coast Discovery Center and Feiro Marine Life Center, where you can learn about the area’s maritime history, underwater habitats and marine wildlife as well as cultural traditions and conservation efforts.

City Pier is also the starting point for the Olympic Discovery Trail, a 28-mile scenic waterfront and rural hiking and biking pathway.

In the Country

Explore the fairy-tale rainforest, glacier-formed lakes and pristine wilderness coastline of the nearby Olympic National Park, a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A highlight of the park, Hurricane Ridge offers year-round sporting adventures from hiking and bird watching in the backcountry’s alpine meadows to downhill and cross-country skiing across the rugged peaks. After a day of outdoor fun, relax in the warm natural spring water of Sol Duc Hotsprings.
The largest watershed on the Olympic Peninsula, Elwha Valley is home to Madison Falls, Lake Mills and Whiskey Bend. Enjoy ranger-led guided tours through the dynamic landscape known for its impressive salmon runs.In addition to fishing, kayaking and sailing off Dungeness Spit, embark on an offshore whale watching adventure. View the diverse marine wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Witness whales, sea lions and porpoises as well as bald eagles and a variety of seabirds.

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