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Port Angeles vs. Chattanooga

PA Campaign for Best Town

PA Campaign for Best Town

Earlier this spring Outside Magazine asked America to identify America's Best Town Ever in their fifth annual contest. Outside Magazine looked for places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and, of course, a good beer scene. For the first time, they added a wild-card round, letting their Instagram followers nominate favorite towns. As wild cards, Port Angeles, WA; New York, NY; Saugatuck, MI; and Roanoke, VA filled final spots in each section of the bracket. A beautiful video was produced to help support the Port Angeles cause, showing off the area at its finest. Do you see familiar places?  https://vimeo.com/129609263 After a lively campaign Port Angeles and Chattanooga ended up in the finals with Chattanooga taking the top prize. Port Angeles had a tough road to get to there, going through Santa Barbara, CA; Bainbridge Island, WA; Glenwood Springs, CO; Flagstaff, AZ; and Eau Claire, WI. With a population of only 19,000, Port Angeles had a fine showing against more populated areas. Chattanooga's population is a little more than 193,000. It was a David and Goliath battle to be sure!  Chattanooga's final round count was 67,432 votes to Port Angeles' 62,130 (52 percent to 48 percent). At the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau there are visibly more requests for Travel Planners from Chattanooga area since the contest! This friendly (for the most part!) contest brought the two towns in contact with each other and forged a connection between the two communities. At the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau there have been more requests for Travel Planners from Chattanooga area since the contest! In July, the sad story of the death of four Marines and a Navy Petty Officer during an assault on Military Recruiting office sent Chattanooga into shock and Port Angeles into sympathy for our newly-acquired Tennessee friends. Twenty banners with sympathy messages expressing condolences to the people of Chattanooga were taken personally to Chattanooga's mayor by Leslie Kidwell Robertson. You can read the story of Leslie's visit to Chattanooga at Revitalize Port Angeles. It was reported that everyone who saw the banners were deeply moved when they were presented.

Top Five Fall Campsites

fall campsites Fall is a fantastic time to camp on the Olympic Peninsula. Depending on your campsite, you can see the leaves changing from green to gold, birds on their migration journey, and even salmon making their annual pilgrimage. Between Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, state and county parks there are many campsite options. Below are five of our favorite fall campsites on the Olympic Peninsula. Since there are many types of camping- RVing, car camping, backpacking, etc- we've tried to include options for everyone. Sol Duc - On the western side of Olympic National Park is the Sol Duc Valley. Home to Salmon Cascades, Sol Duc Falls, hot spring pools, and dramatic old growth forests, the Sol Duc Valley has much for visitors to explore year round. Campers can pitch their tents beneath the canopy of towering, moss covered trees. In late October and early November visitors can watch coho salmon leap through the air on their journey to spawn up the Sol Duc River. Continue reading

4 Cool Campsites

campsitesThere are many choices of campsites on the Olympic Peninsula. Inspired by Sunset Magazine's "West's Best Camping" issue, we're highlighting 4 Olympic Peninsula campsites where you can keep cool this summer. Dosewallips State Park - Located on the Hood Canal and Dosewallips River, campers can keep cool while exploring the salt and freshwater coastlines. In addition to tent sites and cabins, Dosewallips has platform tents reminiscent of the style early pioneers or loggers would have used. Each tent can sleep up to five people and is furnished with bunkbeds, lights, futon, table and heater. In the evening everyone can gather around the picnic table or sit out on the tent's deck. Heart O'the Hills- Heart O'the Hills is the closest campground to Hurricane Ridge. It has 105 sites, with picnic tables, fire rings, and community bathrooms. The shade from old growth forest provides cover from the summer sun while sitting at camp or exploring. There are hiking trails for most abilities from the campground. The Heart O'the Hills amphitheater has seasonal interpretive programs led by park rangers. Check Olympic National Park's newspaper, The Bugler, for current programs and times. Continue reading

Backcountry Camping and Hiking on the Olympic Peninsula

Hiking on the Olympic Peninsula

Hiking on the Olympic Peninsula

Hiking and backcountry camping are great ways to explore tthe Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park have trails, campgrounds, and dispersed campsites to suit all types of outdoor enthusiasts. Year round Big Quilcene Trail #833 follows the Big Quilcene River along old growth forests and lush meadows into the Buckhorn Wilderness. This is a beautiful area for a day hike. Backpackers hoping for an extended trip can follow the trail to Upper Dungeness and Tubal Cain Mine Trails. Continue reading

Pet-Friendly Travel Destinations

Pet-friendly trail

One of many pet-friendly trails

Traveling is always better with a friend. That's why we're sharing ways to travel with woman/man's best friend. Here are a few pet-friendly travel ideas on the Olympic Peninsula Olympic National Forest is a combination of five wilderness areas. Pets are welcome on Olympic National Forest trails and in campgrounds. Leashes are requested, though not always required. All wilderness areas of Olympic National Forest can be reached from Highway 101, which loops around the Olympic Peninsula. Continue reading

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Lupine flowers near Hurricane-Ridge Winter rains lead to a flower-filled spring transformation on the Olympic Peninsula. As the lush green landscape is dotted with delicate buds, our towns and parks are cause for celebration. In early spring the streets of Port Angeles are lined with yellow daffodils, pink cherry blossoms, and a rainbow of tulips. Washington's State Flower is center stage at Port Townsend's Rhododendron Festival in mid-May. This week long fete includes lots of fun events and the crowning of Rhody Royalty.  Peony Farm in Sequim, invites the public to see more than 200 varieties of its namesake flower during Peonies on Parade. Visitors to Brinnon, can enjoy a stroll and picnic among the flowering trees, shrubs, and blooms at Whitney Gardens and Nursery. Continue reading