With the Pacific Ocean to the west and forests to the east, this is a beautiful area and wonderful for fishing, boating, beachcombing, and birdwatching. Or just relax and enjoy nature while hiking through the area’s rich renewed forests and beautiful beaches.
Located about two hours southwest of Seattle are the communities of Grays Harbor County, Aberdeen and Hoquiam. The coastal towns of Ocean Shores and Westport are just a half-hour drive west from Aberdeen WA to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. All of these towns are located in Grays Harbor County.
Getting to Aberdeen Washington:
Port Angeles is 144 miles (232 km) north of Aberdeen Washington. The drive will take about 3 hours traveling along the Hood Canal. If you choose to take the westerly route along Hwy 101 through Forks and along the western Washington Pacific Ocean shoreline, then you will travel 164 miles (263.9 km), and the drive will take about 3 hours 20 minutes.
If your starting point is not Port Angeles, then:
Directions from Seattle to Aberdeen WA:
Travel south on Interstate 5 to Olympia. Exit on Hwy. 101 to Hwy 8. Take Hwy 8 for about 20 miles (32 km), Hwy 8 turns into Hwy 12. Continue on your way west for another 21 miles (33.8 km) to Aberdeen WA.
Walmart (Aberdeen WA): 909 E Wishkah St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Hours: Everyday, 7 am - 8:30 pm
Safeway (Aberdeen WA): 221 W Heron St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Hours: Everyday, 5 am - 1 am
Instacart Services: Yes
South Shore Mall (Aberdeen WA): 1017 S Boone St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Hours: Mon-Sat 9-7; Sun 10-5
Swansons in Aberdeen WA (groceries): 217 N Boone St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Swansons on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Grocery-Store/Swansons-Foods-702675516816641/
Hours: Everyday, 6 am - 11 pm
South Shore Mall and Shoppes at Riverside
Unique souvenir, leather, jewelry, and clothing stores, and more
Aberdeen WA weather can be considerably rainy at times, due to its proximity to the nearby temperate rain forests. Depending on your statistical sources, Aberdeen gets between 76 and 116 (!) inches of rain per year. On the other hand, snowfall in the winter amounts to only ONE inch every year.
Expect about 127 sunny days per year in Aberdeen. Doing the math, this leaves 238 generally rainy days, though of course, if the rain falls at night or very early morning, the day's weather may still be lovely!
Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide provides yearly rainfall averages by month for each region of the Olympic Peninsula, in both Fahrenheit and in Celsius. See pages 349-350.
Most visitors to the Olympic Peninsula choose to vacation in the summertime. Luckily, this is when the least amount of rain falls in Aberdeen WA:
Opportunities for tourism are increasing in the Aberdeen and greater Grays Harbor areas! Aberdeen boasts a number of historical locations, as does nearby Hoquiam. You'll also find a memorial for Kurt Cobain who grew up in Aberdeen WA. And if it floats your boat, the tall ship Lady Washington calls Grays Harbor home. Then there's the nearby (excellent) Westport Winery.
As for forests and nature, beaches are a scant half hour away. Several Festivals in the area celebrate birding and other features of local life.
For a quick view of State Parks, and walking and hiking trails in Grays Harbor County, download this beautiful, four-color Grays Harbor map focused on the tourism high spots in the Grays Harbor area. Also check out the Mountaineers website, Olympia Branch.
Billy's Bar and
Address: 322 E. Heron St., Aberdeen, WA 98520
Hours: Mon-Sat 7 am - 11 pm; Sun 7 am - 9 pm
"Local” American cuisine, except for the yak burgers, of all things.
Address: 118 E. Wishkah St., Aberdeen, WA 98520
Hours: Tue-Thur 4 pm - 11 pm; Fri-Sat 4 pm - 1 am
Award-winning, gourmet and locavore restaurant.
Sea Glass Grill
Address: 1 S. Arbor Rd., Aberdeen, WA 98520
Hours: Every day 8 am - 7 pm
Well worth the drive west half-way to Westport on Highway 105.
See Restaurants in Aberdeen WA for many more restaurants, coffee restaurants, and more.
See also Hoquiam WA for restaurants next door in Hoquiam.
Best Western Plus Aberdeen Hotel
Address: 701 E.
Heron, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: +1-866-902-7218; +1-360-537-7460
Website: Best Western Plus Hotel in Aberdeen WA
Facebook Page: Facebook page for Best Western Plus Aberdeen
The old GuestHouse Inn & Suites was purchased by Best Western, renovated and improved. It is centrally located near the Chehalis River.
TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor Reviews of Olympic Inn and Suites in Aberdeen WA
Yelp: Yelp Reviews of Olympic Inn and Suites in Aberdeen WA
Travelodge by Wyndham Aberdeen
Address: 521 W Wishkah St, Aberdeen, WA 98520-6029
If you find hotels booked up here or in Hoquiam WA, check for rooms in Ocean Shores and/or Westport. The economies of these towns are all about tourism.
A Harbor View Inn
Address: 111 W. 11th St., Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: +1-360-533-7996; 360-533-0433.
Cozy B&B in an historic home with a Victorian flavor. Great breakfast served in the sunroom. Water views.
As far as we know, there are no camping locations in Aberdeen WA itself. There are a few campgrounds near Aberdeen WA, the closest one being in Hoquiam WA:
Hoquiam River RV Park
Address: 425 Queen Ave, Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: (360) 538-2870
Plus, here are a few other campgrounds near Aberdeen WA, which we've also listed in case you need other options. They aren't too far afield...
The history of Aberdeen Washington is intermingled with the history of the entire Grays Harbor area.
The main industry in Grays Harbor County has always been logging. But, since the 1990's and the awareness given to the needs of the northern spotted owl, logging in old growth forested lands has been completely suspended, crippling the industry as a whole.
As a result, the Grays Harbor region, including Aberdeen WA, experienced consistently high unemployment rates, sometimes as high as 19.5%.
As the logging industry waned, tourism has been embraced as a means of helping to revive the area. And indeed, there is much to explore here, including historical buildings, local shops, and the beaches, forests, and wildlife.
Today, the economy is slowly diversifying and growing healthier. In addition to the remaining logging and paper pulp endeavors and the new focus on tourism, two other industries have put down tentative roots. Westport Shipyards builds yachts in Hoquiam, and in the Port of Grays Harbor (in Hoquiam), the largest biodiesel manufacturing plant in the nation is capable of producing more than 100 million gallons of biodiesel per year.
The sister cities of Aberdeen Washington and Hoquiam WA now welcome vacationers to enjoy their waters and forests.
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