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Port Townsend

4.5
Dolphin & Whale Watching · State Parks · Nightlife
Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,113 at the 2010 census, an increase of 9.3% over the 2000 census. It is the county seat and only incorporated city of Jefferson County. In addition to its natural scenery at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, the city is also known for the many Victorian buildings remaining from its late 19th century heyday, numerous annual cultural events, and as a maritime center for independent boatbuilders and related industries and crafts. The Port Townsend Historic District is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District.HistoryThe bay was originally named "Port Townshend" by Captain George Vancouver (for his friend the Marquis of Townshend) in 1792. It was immediately recognized as a good safe harbor, although strong south winds and poor holding ground often make small-craft anchorage problematic off the town's waterfront.The official European-American settlement of the city of the same name took place on April 24, 1851. American Indian tribes located in what is now Jefferson County in the mid-19th century included the Chimakum (or Chemakum), Hoh (a group of the Quileute), Klallam (or Clallam), Quinault, and Twana (the Kilcid band — Anglicized: Quilcene).
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Puget Sound Express ©
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Puget Sound Express
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Fort Worden State Park ©
State Park
Fort Worden State Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Chetzemoka Park ©
Park
Chetzemoka Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Larry Scott Memorial Trail
Equestrian Trail
Larry Scott Memorial Trail
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Port Townsend

Hurricane Ridge ©
Scenic Drive
Hurricane Ridge Olympic National Park
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
San Juan Safaris
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San Juan Safaris San Juan Islands
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Olympic National Park ©
Forest
Olympic National Park Olympic National Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Deception Pass State Park ©
Water Body
Deception Pass State Park Oak Harbor
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Port Townsend

Trinity United Methodist Church ©
Church
Trinity United Methodist Church
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
The Starrett House Inn ©
Historic Site
The Starrett House Inn
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Northwind Arts Center ©
Art Museum
Northwind Arts Center
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Port Townsend Marine Science Center ©
Aquarium
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Port Townsend

Port Townsend Farmers Market ©
Farmers Market
Port Townsend Farmers Market
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mt. Townsend Creamery ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Mt. Townsend Creamery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
William James Bookseller ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
William James Bookseller
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Port Townsend Antique Mall ©
Antique Store
Port Townsend Antique Mall
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Port Townsend

Jefferson Museum of Art & History ©
Art Museum
Jefferson Museum of Art & History
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kelly Art Deco Light Museum
Art Museum
Kelly Art Deco Light Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Port Townsend Aero Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Port Townsend Aero Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
The Rothschild House ©
Specialty Museum
The Rothschild House
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Port Townsend

Fort Townsend State Park ©
State Park
Fort Townsend State Park
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

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