The Peninsula

Nestled between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic National Park, the Olympic Peninsula is approximately 2 hours northwest from the Seattle Area. We are also a 1 hour 30 minute ferry crossing (car and/or passenger) from Victoria, British Columbia. The Pacific ocean is an hour and 20 minute drive and everything between is well worth seeing.

 

Driving

From Seattle
via Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island

Depart the ferry merging onto HWY 305, follow to HWY 3 to the Hood Canal Bridge. Take a left onto the bridge and follow HWY 104, then merge onto HWY 101. Continue through Sequim to Port Angeles.
Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours 45 minutes.

From Seattle
via Washington State Ferry to Edmonds

Depart the ferry and follow signs to the Hood Canal Bridge. Take a right onto the bridge and follow HWY 104, then merge onto HWY 101. Continue through Sequim to Port Angeles.
Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

From SeaTac Airport

Take Interstate 5 south to the Bremerton Exit (highway 16 North) through Bremerton; past Bremerton take highway 3 to 104 to 101 around Sequim. Port Angeles is 15 miles west of Sequim on highway 101.
Travel Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

From Olympia and Oregon

Take US 101 northbound along the western shore of Hood Canal. From Olympia via Aberdeen/Hoquiam: take US 101 northbound. This is a longer scenic route that includes the Pacific coastline and parts of Olympic National Park.

From Bellingham and Vancouver, BC

Take the Washington State ferry from Keystone (on Whidbey Island north of Seattle) to Port Townsend. Ferry reservations can be made through the WA Department of Transportation.

Map from Bellingham, Vancouver BC

Map from N. Seattle communities via Mukilteo ferry

Ride share

24-hour online rideshare registration program through WSDOT.

Charters

Olympic Bus Lines – offers bus service from SeaTac, Seattle, Edmonds, and Port Townsend ferries.

Rocket Transportation – service from SeaTac airport and custom charters.

All Points Charters & Tours – if you live on the Kitsap Peninsula, just call Willie Nelson to pick up your group and transport you to the race, or if this is your first visit to Washington, schedule a private tour of the Peninsula.

Air Travel

To SeaTac Airport

Travel by air to SeaTac (Seattle) Airport, rent a car and drive to the Peninsula. Driving directions.

Travel by air to SeaTac Airport, reserve shuttle bus to Peninsula. Shuttle service provided by Olympic Bus Lines, (360) 417-0700.

To Port Angeles

The William R. Fairchild International Airport is a full-service commercial airport located on the Olympic Peninsula, on the southwest side of the City of Port Angeles.

Charter a flight from Rite Bros. Aviation or Aero Exec LLC for personalized, private flight service.

Ferry

To/from Victoria, British Columbia

Travel from downtown Victoria to downtown Port Angeles via the COHO ferry. No need to bring a car if you are traveling from Vancouver Island. Make hotel arrangements in downtown Port Angeles and you are walking distance to all of the event activities. COHO ferry information (360) 457-4491.

Getting Around

Port Angeles is a small, friendly town with a downtown core offering hotels, shopping and restaurants. If you are staying downtown, you can do without a car since all of the marathon activities happen within easy walking distance, but you will need a car if you plan to stay longer for sightseeing and vacation.

Clallam Transit (public bus) and taxi service are available.

Local car rental agencies: Budget Rental Cars (360) 452-4774 and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (360) 417-3083.

Lodging

Our host hotel is the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles which is located at City Pier (the Finish Line!) in Port Angeles. You are encouraged to book your room early and ask for the marathon rate: [360-452-9215][7].

Red Lion Hotel

Follow these links for more travel information and questions:

Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Destination Sequim

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Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

Favorites

This section is always under construction because we are always out doing our favorite things instead of sitting at the computer!

You have chosen to run a marathon/half marathon in one of the prettiest places in the world. There are several “local’s secrets” that we wouldn’t want you to miss during your visit.

Saturday

Port Angeles Farmer’s Market – from downtown, it’s a 10 minute walk to the county courthouse parking lot. Sample some local produce, dairy, or pick up a jar of honey.

You have to visit Swain’s – where the locals shop for everything.

Brunch at First Street Haven – downtown Port Angeles. Go for the haven hashbrowns.

Drive 12 miles to Salt Creek Recreation area west of town. Best tidepools, great hikes and beach walks. Don’t miss the secret cove. Harbinger Winery and Adventures Through Kayaking are located on Highway 101 as you travel west – stop in for a taste and say hi to my buddies Tammi and Sara.

NODM Expo – get your race packet before 6pm.

Marine Life Center – located on City Pier. This small, quaint acquarium is a gem.

Dinner suggestions: NODM Pasta Dinner at the Elk’s, Bella Italia or Michael’s,

Sunday

Grab coffee and a donut at Cock A Doodle donuts just west of the Gateway Bus Center.

While your runner is racing, stroll the Art Walk downtown.

If you took your runner to the race start, you may want to check out breakfast at The Oak Table in Sequim or stop by Sunny Farms – the best grocery around – to fill your picnic basket.

My favorite shops in Port Angeles are Port Book and News, Brown’s Outdoor, Bay Variety and Fiddleheads.

Go to Sound Bikes and Kayaks and check out the option of renting a kayak or bike.

Picnic at the Finish Line – listen to the live music and watch the runners.

Finish the day with a trip to Hurricane Ridge. This is a favorite among runners. Travel to the peaks of Olympic National Park and take in the views, watch the sunset, and celebrate the accomplishments of the day.