Explore Small Cities & Towns in Washington's Peninsulas Region

From the "lavender capital of the world" to the setting of the Twilight series, the small towns of Washington’s Peninsulas Region harbor big personalities.

Get to know some of the small cities and towns in each region, from hamlets of 100 to those with up to around 10,000 residents. These destinations offer visitors a more laid-back alternative to bustling cities. Read on to find out why these small towns are worth exploring.

Forks

This Olympic Peninsula logging town with a reputation for rain also has plenty of pop-culture cred as the setting for the Twilight vampire series. Those looking to unwind in nature can head to the coast or make the short drive to the moss-draped Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park.

La Push

About 20 minutes west of Forks is the beachside town of La Push. This tiny hamlet makes a great base for those exploring the coast’s driftwood-strewn shores at popular Rialto Beach or First, Second, and Third beaches. Aim to visit during spring or fall to avoid the busy summer crowds.

Port Townsend

At just over 10,000 residents, the quaint seaport of Port Townsend is packed with history and natural beauty. Families will enjoy visiting the Port Townsend Marine Science Center or exploring the bunkers at Fort Worden Historical State Park. Visitors can dive into maritime life at the Northwest Maritime Center or get to know the area’s Indigenous history and culture on the čičməhán Trail. The trail, developed by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and comprised of 18 sites, tells the story of the relationship between the S’Klallam people and early European settlers.

Sequim

At the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, the town of Sequim is drenched in sunshine for most of the year. More than two dozen lavender farms make this the lavender capital of the nation. In July, visitors can take in the purple blooms during the annual Sequim Lavender Festival, although you can tour many farms year-round. For more outdoor fun, trek to the lighthouse at the end of the 5.5-mile-long Dungeness Spit.