By far the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula with 19,000 residents, Port Angeles, Wash., enables you to easily reach Hurricane Ridge, the most accessible mountain terrain in the park.
Home to one of the deepest harbors in the world, Port Angeles is just 17 miles from Hurricane Ridge, which offers beautiful wildflower hikes during the summer as well as peaceful snowshoe and ski trails in winter. Reaching 5,242 feet, the ridge offers incredible views on a clear day. Stop by the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center for maps, snacks and tips on where to hike or ski.
If you have a chance to dine in Port Angeles before or after your park visit, be sure to order Dungeness crab, which is harvested by local fishermen.
For more information: www.visitportangeles.com