Olympic Peninsula: Port Angeles


After Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, a brief visit to Olympia and a long drive up winding roads we finally made it to Port Angeles. We had done some research and knew where we wanted to eat but during a pandemic with restaurant limiting seating it is difficult to get a table. Word of advice: get a reservation. The restaurants that were at capacity were very nice and helped us find a place that did have available seating. We go to enjoy our dinner overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Funny enough most of what we did in Port Angeles revolved around food. The first morning we had an excellent breakfast at Shirley’s Café. On the main road we took through Port Angeles we drove by a restaurant called Frugals that always was busy so it must be good! After one of our first long hikes we decided the replace those calories with a burger and milkshake, maybe not the healthiest but defiantly delicious.

We could not miss visiting a place called Sasquatch Donuts. The only issue was they were only open later in the week. The wait was worth it though because in addition to the normal donuts they had “experimental donuts.” Donuts with fruit flavored icings and with different types of cereal coating the tops. We ate way to many, was it wort it, yes.

The pink donut is made with real (dehydrated) strawberries and was my favorite!

After donuts we headed to check out Port Book and News, because neither Keltin nor I can pass up a bookshop. This is where I found Turn Around Time and oh so many stickers to decorate our travel journals with.

After our final hike we decided to have an early lunch at Next Door Gastropub. It was on the list of restaurants suggested by our Airbnb host. We knew they were good because they were always busy. Our last night in Port Angeles we had reservation at the Kokopelli Grill. We got to enjoy our meal in the Water View Lounge for a last fantastic view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Overall we really loved visiting Port Angeles, there are lots of local shops and restaurants. It is a neat town to visit. During non-Covid times there is a ferry that runs from Port Angeles to Vancouver Island in Canada. If you plan to go, make sure to bring your passport. If you are curious about the various ferries available make sure to stop by the visitor center. They do have limited hours but were very helpful! Have you visited Port Angeles, if so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments! Safe travels.

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6 comments on “Olympic Peninsula: Port Angeles”

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in Port Angeles! I love looking in the shops there and never leave without a couple of books from the bookstore. I’m glad you shared your box of donuts too! Last time I was in town the line into the store was moving so slow I didn’t wait. Next time I will! Did you make the drive up to Hurricane Ridge? That’s where you’ll find the best views of the Olympics – in stereo!

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    1. Yes we did get up to Hurricane Ridge! I’ll be sharing the pictures soon! We could see Vancouver Island and the North Cascades while hiking too! Just beautiful

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      1. We were actually going to Honeymoon on Vancouver Island originally. It was bittersweet seeing the island so close. We had a magical time at Olympic National Park. I can’t complain at all!

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