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The Best Day Trips from Victoria to Port Angeles

Take a day trip from Victoria to discover the wonders of the Olympic Peninsula on the most direct route between Victoria, BC and the USA. Choose from a guided tour through Olympic National Park, a tour of the Port Angeles Underground, or a 1-hour flight sightseeing tour. Departing from the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria, the M.V. Coho arrives in the quaint downtown area of Port Angeles, WA in only 90 minutes... Enjoy a quick and affordable adventure from Victoria!

 

Port Angeles Underground Tour

1. PORT ANGELES UNDERGROUND AND HERITAGE TOURS

 

Descend into history with one of North America's most unique historic tours. Learn about America's second national city on a 2-hour guided tour.

Due to flooding concerns in the early 1900s, the citizens of Port Angeles worked out an incredible plan to elevate the city's downtown streets, creating a network of underground tunnels and storefronts. In this unbelievable feat of engineering many older buildings were lost, but a select few remain. The stories they have to tell are captivating.

The tour begins with a fascinating explanation of the history of the city and the tactics used to raise the city streets in 1914. Next, take a short stroll through downtown Port Angeles to visit rediscovered basements and long-forgotten tunnels during the underground portion of the tour. Stop in at the city's original movie theatre, and venture into a hidden brothel above the unassuming family shoe store.


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Sample Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria
10:30am
Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance).
12:00pm
Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs.
12:30pm
Free time for lunch, shopping or exploring the Port Angeles waterfront.
2:00pm
Underground Tour departs from the Visitor’s Center (adjacent to ferry dock).
5:20pm
Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 5pm).
6:50pm
Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.



aerial of glaciers on flight sightseeing tour

2. 1-HOUR SIGHTSEEING FLIGHT OVER THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA

 

Take a one-hour sightseeing flight with Rite Brothers Aviation from Port Angeles's Fairchild International Airport. From the comfort of a small plane, you'll be treated to an exclusive look at the sites and wonders of the peninsula. Each flight is unique and may include views of the glaciers of the Olympic Mountains, the towering sea stacks of the Washington Coast or an aerial tour above the turquoise waters of Lake Crescent surrounded by old growth forests. Your flight is guided by an expert pilot who will answer your questions along the way while pointing out things that no land-based tour can see.


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Sample Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria
10:30am
Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance).
12:00pm
Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs.
12:20pm
Transfer from Port Angeles Ferry Terminal to Airport.
12:30pm
Arrive at Airport.
12:35pm
Enjoy a 1-hour sightseeing flight around the Olympic Peninsula.
1:35pm
Transfer to Ferry Terminal.
1:45pm
Arrive at Ferry Terminal.
2:00pm
Optional Port Angeles Underground Tour. Or, enjoy lunch and explore downtown Port Angeles.
5:20pm
Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 5pm).
6:50pm
Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.

 

road through the rain forest

3. OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK TOURS

With nearly 1 million acres of beautiful wilderness to explore, there is an adventure for everyone in Olympic National Park. Explore the best of Olympic National Park with an Olympic Hiking Co. naturalist hiking guide – From lush green rain forest, to majestic mountains, rugged beaches and a pristine glacier-fed lake.

Olympic National Park guided tours include: Olympic National Park entrance fees, round-trip transportation from Port Angeles, and a local naturalist hiking guide. Throughout each tour, your Olympic Hiking Co. naturalist hiking guide will point out landmarks, overview the flora and fauna, and discuss the natural history of the area. Outdoor activewear, extra layers, and comfortable walking/hiking shoes with good traction are recommended.


girl in the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park

Hoh Rain Forest & Rialto Beach

Full Day Tour (8 Hour Guided Tour)
From Port Angeles, this full day guided tour begins with a 2 hour drive west into the Hoh Rain Forest. Along the drive, you’ll enjoy one of the most scenic stretches of Highway 101 along Lake Crescent, pass through Forks, WA (Twilight Fans can celebrate), and then drive back into the interior of Olympic National Park on a scenic 18 mile rain forest drive on Upper Hoh Road. Upon arrival, your hiking guide will lead a 60-90 minute guided hiking tour throughout the top viewpoints of the Hoh Rain Forest. You will hike along the 0.75 mile Hall of Mosses loop and 1.25 mile Spruce Nature Trail, immersing ourselves amongst 300 foot tall Sitka Spruce trees, moss-laden Big Leaf Maples, fields of sword ferns, and the roar the Hoh River. After your rain forest trek, we will allocate time for a picnic lunch prior to departure, which are available for purchase.

After your explorations in the rain forest, you’ll head west to the Pacific Coast to visit Rialto Beach. Towering seastacks, massive driftwood logs, and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean await your arrival. Your hiking guide will lead a walk along the coast as time and the tides permit, however, you are welcome to roam the beach or relax on your own. It certainly is a place of tranquility.


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Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria
6:10am
Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 5:50am for US Immigration clearance).
7:40am
Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs.
9:00am
Depart from the Black Ball Terminal in Port Angeles on a 7-8 hour guided tour to a destination in Olympic National Park.
10:00am
Arrival at the Hoh Rain Forest, begin guided hike.
11:30am
Finish guided hike, allocated time for picnic lunch.
12:00pm
Depart the Hoh Rain Forest.
1:15pm
Arrive at Rialto Beach.
2:30pm
Depart Rialto Beach.
4:30pm
Arrive in Port Angeles.
5:20pm
Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 5pm).
6:50pm
Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.


Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge

Half Day Tour (4 Hour Guided Tour)
This trip to Hurricane Ridge begins with a scenic drive from sea-level in Port Angeles to 5,242 feet elevation at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Along the drive, you will enjoy views of the diverse topography and terrain of the Olympic Peninsula as it quickly changes with elevation. 

Upon arrival, your hiking guide will lead an optional 2-3 mile guided hiking tour along the Cirque Rim Trail (flat-paved 0.5 miles), the High Ridge Trail (gravel & paved 1 mile), and other nearby trails as time allows. You are likely to see Black Tail Deer, a variety of birds, and if you're lucky an Olympic Marmot or Black Bear (from a safe distance).


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Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria
10:30am
Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance).
12:00pm
Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs.
12:30pm
Depart from Port Angeles.
1:15pm
Arrival at Hurricane Ridge.
1:45pm
Begin guided hike.
3:45pm
Finish hike and depart.
4:30pm
Arrive in Port Angeles.
5:20pm
Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 5pm).
6:50pm
Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.



aerial of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls

Half Day Tour (4 Hour Guided Tour)
This tour begins with a 35-minute chartered shuttle from the Port Angeles waterfront to Lake Crescent. The lake has unbelievable crystal-clear waters as it's glacier-fed and is a stunning fjord outlined with a forested mountain range, originally carved out by glaciers. 

The main epicenter of the tour is the Lake Crescent Lodge, a historical lodge built in 1915. Upon arrival, you will take 20-30 minutes to do a quick tour of the lodge and its picturesque dock. Then your hiking guide will lead a guided hiking tour to Marymere Falls, a stunning 90 foot waterfall pouring into Barnes Creek. 


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Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria
10:30am
Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance).
12:00pm
Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs.
12:30pm
Depart from Port Angeles.
1:15pm
Arrival at Hurricane Ridge.
1:45pm
Begin guided hike.
3:45pm
Finish hike and depart.
4:30pm
Arrive in Port Angeles.
5:20pm
Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 5pm).
6:50pm
Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.



Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park

Sol Duc Falls

Half Day Tour (4 Hour Guided Tour)
This Olympic Hiking Co. tour begins with a beautiful 1 hour 15 minute van tour on Highway 101 around Lake Crescent and deep into the forested Sol Duc River valley. The drive is split in half with a scenic stop at the Lake Crescent Lodge for an allocated lunch break and time for sightseeing before continuing into the Sol Duc Valley.

Upon arrival at the Sol Duc trailhead, the Olympic Hiking Co. naturalist hiking guide will lead the group into the stunning old-growth forest on a beautiful one-mile trail, eventually reaching the Sol Duc river on a viewing bridge of the mighty Sol Duc Falls. At the Falls, guests will have the option to hike an additional mile for more river viewpoints or guests can simply enjoy the views at the falls and await the group’s return roughly 30 minutes later.


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Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria
10:30am
Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance).
12:00pm
Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs.
12:30pm
Depart from Port Angeles.
1:15pm
Arrival at Hurricane Ridge.
1:45pm
Begin guided hike.
3:45pm
Finish hike and depart.
4:30pm
Arrive in Port Angeles.
5:20pm
Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 5pm).
6:50pm
Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.

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