US Ports: Port Townsend, WA
Located on the Olympic Peninsula and served daily by auto/passenger ferries from Keystone on Whidbey Island, this popular seaport is a Designated National Historic Landmark.
As the main port of entry to Puget Sound in the late 1800s, Port Townsend enjoyed an economic stability that encouraged many of its residents to build large, extravagant mansions on the hill overlooking the water.
It was anticipated that the Pacific Railroad would choose Port Townsend as its northern terminus, but when that failed to happen, the town suffered and the tourist industry became its salvation.
Port Townsend is now famous for its meticulously restored Victorian homes, 18th century brick architecture and for festivals almost every summer weekend.
Book accommodations early as demand for accommodation in Port Townsend often exceeds the demand for rooms