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A visit to Port Townsend is an outstanding cultural and natural experience. Perched on a cliff near the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, it enjoys an unparalleled setting overlooking Admiralty Inlet with views to the northern Cascade mountains. Here at the top of Puget Sound, Fort Worden State Park preserves the battlements that once guarded the cities and military sites to the south. From the centrally located ferry dock, stroll through this town that bustled in the late 1890's with the anticipation of becoming a busy port at the end of the railroad line. Today, it's still a busy working port but also an enclave of artists and ...

A visit to Port Townsend is an outstanding cultural and natural experience. Perched on a cliff near the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, it enjoys an unparalleled setting overlooking Admiralty Inlet with views to the northern Cascade mountains. Here at the top of Puget Sound, Fort Worden State Park preserves the battlements that once guarded the cities and military sites to the south. From the centrally located ferry dock, stroll through this town that bustled in the late 1890's with the anticipation of becoming a busy port at the end of the railroad line. Today, it's still a busy working port but also an enclave of artists and craftspeople. Quality painting and sculpture is on display in the galleries all around town, including a large collection of modern Native American work. Some of the world's top jazz and blues performers, as well as writers and visual artists, show up each summer for the festivals and workshops that are part of the artistic event called Centrum. A fall festival showcases world-class wooden boats with regattas, music and more for anyone with the slightest interest in seafaring. The artistic spirit also enlivens the table, with local seafood and farm produce making for some fine dining experiences. From Port Townsend, it's easy to get away for a visit to Olympic National Park's trails and rain forest.

Myra Ingmanson
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Myra Ingmanson and Daniel C. Schechter worked together on various titles for Lonely Planet, particularly the Pacific Northwest and Mexico books. Together they coauthored chapters for Lonely Planet's Eastern Caribbean.

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  • Location: Approximately 40 miles north-northwest of Seattle, Port Townsend sits at the northeast tip of the Olympic Penninsula
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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