Port Angeles was first inhabited by the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and "flurished for over 2700 years". The town was originally known as č̕ixʷícən (Tse-whit-zen) a Klalam village. Klallam is litterally translated as "strong people" and they are known as such. For more information about the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe please click here for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe website.
Juan Perez is reportedly the first non native sighting in the year of 1774. Victor Smith is considered the founder of Port Angeles and the settling of Port Angeles began in the early 1850's. Logging and timber were a large part of the Port Angeles economy and in 1912 the town was the worlds largest sawmill. The Port of Port Angeles was formed in 1922 and is still very active today. For more information about Port Angeles and its history click on this link to City of Port Angeles website.
Port Angeles is noted for its stunning beauty and its abundant natural resources. Our Olympic Discovery Trail is a wonderful way to view this beauty whether your on foot or bike its fantastic views the whole way. The trail will eventually stretch from Port Townsend to La Push Washington click on this MAP link to see the trail route.
Our town boasts festivals, farmers markets, arts & culture, fantastic restaurants local wineries and breweries. Not only can we wine and dine you with our charm and beauty we are right on the door step of the Olympic National Park with fantastic views and hiking. Whether you are an avid hiker or prefer to relax while catching the views we have it all.
Sequim has been inhabited by the Jamestown S'Klallam tribes for over 10000 years. Its coastline has been home dozens of its villages. Their first contact with Europeans was in the 1700's which increased over the next 100 years. Please see the following link for more information on the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe .
The first European settler in Sequim was John W. Donnell. John originally found it difficult to grow crops due to Sequim's rain shadow. Sequim averages only 17 inches of rain per year. For more information please visit the following link to City of Sequim Washington.
Are you trying to decide if Sequim is the right fit for you or your family? Not only does it boast incredible beauty, it won best Northwest small town in USA Today on April 28th of 2017. Although Sequim had some tough competition it took first place hands down with its stunning beauty and inviting spirit. Sequim is also located in the rain shadow and receives about 17 inches of rain per year. That is enough to keep it lush and green but also allow plenty of sunshine. Whether you are looking for long walks on the beach, local music while sipping fine wine or enjoying the local festivities such as our Lavender and Irrigation festivals Sequim is here inviting you to join in.