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Things to do in Jefferson County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Olympic National Park in Washington State is like three parks in one, taking you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools and valleys of ancient forests. About 95 percent of the park is wilderness. ​There are many kid-friendly hikes in Olympic National Park.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“See the wildflowers in spring and enjoy the beautiful views. In winter go skiing or snowshoeing.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Forest
“Well worth the trip to check out a completely different ecosystem on the peninsula.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Lake
“just hop in the car and head west on Highway 101. You'll drive all around the edge of the lake and see some amazing scenery. there are many small pullouts to stop and take in the view. Enjoy this view on your way to Marymere Falls....then have a great lunch at the lodge...which is just a quick left turn out of the marymere parking lot! it's a great afternoon!”
  • 31 locals recommend
National Park
“A spectacular spot with incredible views of the Olympic mountains. Hiking trails, presentations, and a snack bar are available for visitors.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“a beautiful beach, cool war era bunkers, cliffs, camp grounds and recreation area. this place has it all. there are 2 access points so check them both out and be aware that tide changes affect amount of beach access. this is a favorite place for surfers and stand up paddle boarders as well as sea creature hunters and seeing a spectacular sunset.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Hotel
“Beautiful, serene Lake Crescent is a must see while visiting. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the historic lodge or rent a kayak and paddle around the lake.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Elevated traditional bar food with local, natural and some organic ingredients. they are always super busy but they have a great reservation system that will text you when your table is ready. My personal favorites are tigerchicken tacos, black and blue burger and POUTINE fries. They are over the top and delicious.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Zoo
“Enjoy wild animals up close from the comfort of your car. You can even feed some of them!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Resort
“Soak away your stress in the natural hot springs pools of various temperatures at this newly refurbished state park resort. Just 50 minutes west of Port Angeles.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Campground
“Fort Worden is right in the City of Port Townsend. A wonderful beach, a marine science center, hiking trails, campground, conference center, host to music festivals through Centrum and much more. My favorite place to walk. If you don't have a State Park Pass, you can park for free in front of the large grassy area at the entrance. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Beach
“a nice long walk along a beach out to a historical landmark. This lighthouse is well maintained and the inside can even be accessed certain times of year. check website for details. Sequim, Wa is a 25 minute drive east of Port Angeles. If you're coming from east of here, grab yourself a lunch to go and walk out there before you get to town! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Located on Highway 101 just west of the Dungeness River bridge. Organic fruits and vegetables, Othello raised hormone and anti-biotic free beef. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Beach
“Northernmost of the southern beaches in the coast section of Olympic National Park. Located on Hwy 101 in Jefferson County 27 miles south of the town of Forks. Named for the ruby-like crystals that wash up onto the beach. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is one of our favorite places to eat and drink. Great beers on taps (including local ones), and awesome pub food. Best burgers in town. Great fish and chips. And beautiful view from deck with outside seating. This is a 21-and-over place, so no kids. During the summer, it can get busy and the deck fills up. The servers here work hard and are great, but when they are slammed, food can be a bit slower to come out. (A good reason for a second beer!) There is live music many nights, as well as Open-Mike on Wednesday, and karaoke on Thursdays.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“If you are in the mood for a movie, this is the place. It also has AWESOME popcorn with a variety of toppings available. (You can just go in and buy the popcorn, if you want and there is not a crowd in the lobby.) Lots of interesting special showings on the weekend, including old movies and plays.”
  • 34 locals recommend

Top restaurants

National Park
“A spectacular spot with incredible views of the Olympic mountains. Hiking trails, presentations, and a snack bar are available for visitors.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Elevated traditional bar food with local, natural and some organic ingredients. they are always super busy but they have a great reservation system that will text you when your table is ready. My personal favorites are tigerchicken tacos, black and blue burger and POUTINE fries. They are over the top and delicious.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is one of our favorite places to eat and drink. Great beers on taps (including local ones), and awesome pub food. Best burgers in town. Great fish and chips. And beautiful view from deck with outside seating. This is a 21-and-over place, so no kids. During the summer, it can get busy and the deck fills up. The servers here work hard and are great, but when they are slammed, food can be a bit slower to come out. (A good reason for a second beer!) There is live music many nights, as well as Open-Mike on Wednesday, and karaoke on Thursdays.”
  • 33 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Best for breakfast. Their apple dutch pancake is wonderful. Food is great quality though wait times to be seated during weekends can be longer than normal. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best Thai restaurant on the Olympic Peninsula. Great atmosphere, responsive service, and delectable Thai dishes.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The. Best. Food. Ever. If you are looking for a celebratory night for your vacation, or a delicious lunch or dinner, look no further. It’s a little bit further away than some of the restaurants in PA, but with all the local, organic, and chef inspired food it’s worth the 20 min drive. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Casino
“Always something different going on here. Several restaurants to choose from. RV parking. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“My favorite restaurant for seafood and a nice bottle of wine. Their seafood chowder is amazing!”
  • 22 locals recommend

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