Visiting Port Townsend and Surrounding AreasThe ghost murals may have faded since Victorian times, but the rainbows haven’t. Our seaport town, founded in 1851, is surrounded by mountains and steeped in history. “P.T.” (population 9,100) is home to dozens of one-of-a kind shops and galleries, 50+ restaurants and friendly lodgings to fit every taste. Port Townsend is rich in arts and culture and has a colorful year-round calendar of events Uptown and Downtown. Mingle with locals, sample local food and drink, explore the outdoors and take in the nightlife. Enjoy our walkable historic districts where deer go window shopping at dawn and eagles fly overhead. Don’t forget your camera. Meet us in Port Townsend.
If you are visiting from the Seattle area, Port Townsend is accessible by the Washington State Ferries
from Seattle and Edmonds as well as State Route 16 from Tacoma. These routes will bring you to the Olympic Peninsula via the Hood Canal Bridge, the world’s longest floating bridge over salt water. Be prepared for scenic beauty ahead.
For weather, events, and transportation information, visit ptguide.
Port Townsend is a vacation destination and a hub to other fascinating places. Famous for its splendid Victorian architecture and waterfront setting on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, you can spend a day or a month here exploring our one-of-a-kind shops, 50+ restaurants, and cozy lodgings in our “City of Dreams.” You can spend the night in a Victorian mansion, a beach cottage or a restored Victorian Hotel. The 440+ acre Fort Worden State Park, located only two miles from Downtown Port Townsend, offers a range of lodgings—from officers’ housing to camping. The Port of Port Townsend welcomes 40,000 overnight guests each year who arrive by water. Take a walk through our two Landmark Historic Districts—in Uptown and Downtown Port Townsend. Port Townsend’s brimming calendar of events makes it an exciting year-round getaway—from the largest wooden boat festival on the West Coast in September to quaint Victorian Holidays, crazy Kinetic sculpture races, and culinary tours, there’s always a reason to come again.
Highway 101 circles the Peninsula and gives access to both eastern and western Jefferson County. If you are traveling from the north, Washington State Ferries connect with State Route 20 on Whidbey Island; Port Townsend is accessible from the Coupeville ferry dock aboard the Chetzemoka ferry, Washington State’s newest ferry. It is a 30-minute crossing. You can also visit the San Juan Islands from Port Townsend aboard the Glacier Spirit--visit Puget Sound Express
to find out more.
For Port Townsend accommodations, visit Enjoy PT
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