Visit Port Townsend | Things To Do | The Olympic Peninsula, WA

Historic. Artistic. Victorian charm with an urban vibe. Discover one of the coolest places in the U.S.

Officers Row at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend

Officers Row at Fort Worden State Park

Located on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is steeped in maritime history and Victorian era appeal—one of only three Victorian seaports on the National Register of Historic Places. Dubbed the ”Paris of the Pacific Northwest” by Sunset Magazine, Port Townsend has garnered a national reputation as one of the coolest small towns in America.

A year-round slate of festivals and events offer something for every interest, from film and music, to wooden boats and kinetic sculpture races. Trek nearby beaches and trails, explore seafaring heritage, stroll tree-lined historic streets and eclectic shops and galleries, and get a taste of locally sourced food fresh from the farm and sea.

Map of Olympic Peninsula Destination Area


  • Fort Worden State Park

  • Northwest Maritime Center

  • Jefferson Museum of Art and History

  • Downtown shopping

  • Uptown historic homes and buildings



  • Art walk: First Saturday of every month

  • Rhododendron Festival: May

  • Race to Alaska: June

  • Jazz Port Townsend: July

  • Wooden Boat Festival: September

  • Port Townsend Film Festival: September

  • Kinetic Skulpture Race: October

  • Strange Brew Fest: January

Stories FROM Port Townsend

Chetzemoka in Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula

Chetzemoka Park—Port Townsend’s crown jewel

September 5, 2018

Perched on a bluff overlooking stunning Admiralty Inlet, Chetzemoka Park is the pride of Port Townsend and rich with history. When settlers arrived in Port Townsend in the early 1850s, they were warmly welcomed by Chief Chetzemoka and his S’Klallam tribe. …

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