Outdoor Port Angeles:

Enjoying Washington's Wild Side on the Olympic Peninsula

Travelers in the know appreciate charming Port Angeles, Washington as an easy jumping-off point for summer outdoor and water fun, from hiking, waterfalls and hot springs to kayaking, fishing, clamming and cycling. And staying at theTripAdvisor.com #1-rated Olympic Lodge offers travelers convenient access to all, including the more than 900,000 acres of wilderness – from the 7,000-plus-foot Olympic Range to temperate rain forest to primitive coastline – that make up Olympic National Park. A press release follows. Let me know if I can provide additional info or images.

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Outdoor Port Angeles
Washington's sunny Olympic Peninsula is biking, hiking and kayaking heaven

  • Olympic Lodge during the day
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Left, entrance to the Olympic Lodge; right, a kayaker paddles peacefully on Lake Crescent.

Port Angeles, Washington – July 15, 2009 – For everyone from fun-hogs to five-year-olds the action is outdoors on Washington's (sunny) Olympic Peninsula, combining the affordable – and family-friendly – charm of Port Angeles with bicycling, hiking, kayaking, rafting, scuba diving, golf, mountaineering, fishing, birding and more. Fun outside abounds at levels from beginner to gnarly, and the expert staff at the Olympic Lodge is ready to help get vacation adventures underway – as well as provide a soft place to land at the end of busy outdoor days.

Port Angeles serves as gateway to Olympic National Park, where outdoor opportunities can range from a family 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). Kayak and rafting tours are available on mountain lakes and rivers within or outside the park, or on the sparkling Strait of Juan de Fuca, while the more adventurous can bring their own – or rent – kayaks and canoes to paddle at will. Even the least athletic will enjoy walking and cycling the Waterfront Trail along Port Angeles Harbor, a local piece of the larger Olympic Discovery Trail, or clamming, crabbing and spotting seabirds on local beaches.

"Port Angeles is a great place for families to share fun in nature," says Greg Woodland, general manager of the Olympic Lodge, conveniently located for both park and town activities, "yet we've got serious outdoor opportunities, too" – enough to make the town home to an annual kayak symposium as well as the first event on this year's USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour. "And Olympic National Park is less visited than some so you can avoid the crowds – while it offers everything from mellow day-trips to summiting Mount Olympus," he adds.

The Olympic Lodge is rated #1 for hotels in Port Angeles on Tripadvisor.com. With a mission to provide outstanding customer service, the lodge staff is ready to arrange a variety of activities suited to guest interests. The subject of a recent complete remodel from exterior native plant landscaping to finely appointed interiors, the comfortable lodge is located adjacent to a golf course open to the public and is known for its many complimentary offerings including year-round outdoor heated pool and spa with a view of the Olympic Range, exercise room and wireless Internet access. Summer rates range from $179-$199/night. For information, visit www.olympiclodge.com or call 800.600.2993.

Media Contacts: Holly Dempsey, Olympic Lodge General Manager, hdempsey@westerninns.net, 360.452.2993; Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335

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