Wild Time in Port Angeles, Washington: Biking, Kayaking and Hiking in and around Olympic National Park

PORT ANGELES, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For everyone from fun-hogs to five-year-olds the action’s outdoors on Washington’s (sunny) Olympic Peninsula, combining the affordable – and family-friendly – charm of Port Angeles, Washington, with bicycling, hiking, kayaking – even clamming and scuba diving. And the expert staff at the Olympic Lodge is ready to help get vacation adventures, from nearby Olympic National Park to around-town options, underway – and provide a soft place to land at the end of busy outdoor days:

“calls for rope, sand ladders, an overnight permit, and patience”

  • Olympic National Park: Port Angeles is gateway to the park’s wild 900,000-plus-acres. Outdoor opportunities range from a family day-trip hike in the Hoh Rain Forest to a scramble to Shi Shi Beach (along a 10-mile path that “calls for rope, sand ladders, an overnight permit, and patience,” according to Travel + Leisure).
  • Kayaking: Multiple waters make kayaking a peninsula favorite and Port Angeles host to an annual spring Kayak Symposium. For travelers, Adventures in Kayaking offers tours ranging from Neah Bay, the northwestern-most point in the lower 48, to freshwater Lake Aldwell for great seabird watching; kayak rentals available for DIY types.
  • Biking: A designated “Bike-Friendly Community,” the Port Angeles area boasts everything from serious mountain biking (including the first event in this year’s USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour) to Pedaling the Muse Sept. 12, 2009, with a full century from Seattle to Port Angeles to mellow family-friendly rides like Spruce Railroad trail. For local rentals and trail suggestions, try Beckett’s Bike Shop.
  • Hiking: Peninsula hiking ranges from summiting Mount Olympus to strolling Port Angeles’ Waterfront Trail. For families, trails.com provides a great list of Olympic Peninsula hikes with kids – or combine hiking and beachcombing at Dungeness Recreation area. Brown’s Outdoor in Port Angeles is good for gear.
  • Lodging: For everything from a hearty fresh-cooked $7 breakfast to start your day, to an outdoor heated pool and spa for end-of-day splashing, to complimentary wireless Internet, the comfiest beds around and expert suggestions on what to do, the Olympic Lodge – rated #1 for hotels in Port Angeles on Tripadvisor.com – offers summer rates ranging from $179-$199/night. For information, visit www.olympiclodge.com, or call 800-600-2993.

Contacts

Olympic Lodge
Greg Woodland, 360-452-2993
General Manager
gm@olympiclodge.com
or
WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations
Darla Worden, 307-734-5335
darla@wordenpr.com

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