Aberdeen Washington

Aberdeen Washington and its nearby sister city, Hoquiam WA, together serve as a southern gateway to the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park and the Olympic National Park beaches.

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.

Where is Aberdeen Washington?

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. 

Aberdeen Washington

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:

  • Port Townsend is 122 miles (196 km) to the north, a drive of about 2.5 hours along the Hood Canal.
  • Sequim is 128 miles (206 km) to the north, a drive of about 2 hours 40 minutes, also along the Hood Canal.
  • Forks is 107 miles (173 km) to the north, a drive of about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
  • Shelton is 46 miles (74 km) to the east, a drive of about 1 hour.
  • Seattle is 109 miles (175.4 km) to the northeast. Seattle to Aberdeen WA is a drive of about 2 hours. 
  • If you're interested in going from Aberdeen WA to Olympia WA, the distance is around 58.2 miles (93.66 km) to the east, a drive of about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Distance from Aberdeen to Westport WA is 21 miles (33.8 km) to the south and west; the drive will take about 30 minutes.

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.

Aberdeen Services and Info

Aberdeen Washington:

  • Aberdeen WA population is estimated at 16,462 as of 2017, down just a hair from 16,896 per the 2010 census.

  • Aberdeen WA Zip code: 98520

  • Phone area code: 360

  • City of Aberdeen Washington Website: https://www.aberdeenwa.gov/

  • Aberdeen WA newspaper: The Daily World: https://www.thedailyworld.com/
    The Daily World on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDailyWorld/

  • Aberdeen WA Post Office: Address: 115 N K St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
    Phone: +1-800-275-8777

  • Car Rental in Aberdeen WA: Hertz, located in the 5-Star Ford Lincoln Dealership.
    Address: 711 E Wishkah St, Aberdeen, WA 98520. Phone: +1-360-532-2854

  • Beaches near Aberdeen WA:  Ocean Shores WA and Westport WA are both excellent destinations for enjoying beaches near Aberdeen WA. Drive time is usually less than a half-hour. Follow the links for lots of detailed information.

General Stores in Aberdeen WA

Walmart (Aberdeen WA): 909 E Wishkah St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: +1-360-532-7595
Hours: Everyday, 7 am - 8:30 pm

Safeway (Aberdeen WA): 221 W Heron St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: +1-360-533-1955
Hours: Everyday, 5 am - 1 am
Instacart Services: Yes

South Shore Mall (Aberdeen WA): 1017 S Boone St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: +1-360-637-9682
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/
Phone: +1-360-533-3761
Hours: Everyday, 6 am - 11 pm

Souvenirs and Gift Shops in Aberdeen WA

South Shore Mall and Shoppes at Riverside
Unique souvenir, leather, jewelry, and clothing stores, and more

Website: https://shoppesatriverside.com/
Directory of Stores: https://shoppesatriverside.com/directory/
Address: 1017 S Boone St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: +1-360-637-9682
Hours: 10 am - 7 pm

Aberdeen WA Weather

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!

Seven-day Weather Forecast Aberdeen WA


Seasonal Rainfall Averages for Aberdeen WA

Beautiful Olympic Peninsula Travel Guide
  • Jan, Feb, Mar: 42.51 inches
  • Apr, May, Jun: 17.95"
  • Jul, Aug, Sep: 8.71"
  • Oct, Nov, Dec: 46.38"

    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.

    This book is loaded with great information to help you plan your trip. It covers the different towns, nature parks, attractions, and even the weather! Best of all, no wifi or cell signal needed to access the knowlege. When you are out in our beautiful forests away from the digital world, this handy guide is a great resource.

Average Rainfall per Season in Aberdeen Washington

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:

  • Winter - Jan, Feb, Mar: 42.51 inches (108 cm)
  • Spring - Apr, May, Jun: 17.95 inches (45.6 cm)
  • Summer - Jul, Aug, Sep: 8.71 inches (22.1 cm)
  • Fall - Oct, Nov, Dec: 46.38 inches (117.8 cm)

Aberdeen WA Activities

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. 

Our Aberdeen WA Activities page covers all of this in detail.

Check out Hoquiam WA Attractions as well!

Restaurants in Aberdeen WA

Billy's Bar and Grill 
322 E. Heron St., Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: 360-533-7144
Website: http://billysaberdeen.com/
Hours: Mon-Sat 7 am - 11 pm; Sun 7 am - 9 pm 
"Local” American cuisine, except for the yak burgers, of all things.

118 E. Wishkah St., Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: +1-360-637-9259
Website: http://redivivarestaurant.com/
Hours: Tue-Thur 4 pm - 11 pm; Fri-Sat 4 pm - 1 am
Award-winning, gourmet and locavore restaurant.

Sea Glass Grill
1 S. Arbor Rd., Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: +1-360-648-2224
Website: https://www.westportwinery.com/
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.

Hotels in Aberdeen WA

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 for Best Western Plus Aberdeen in Aberdeen, WA.
Yelp: Yelp reviews for Best Western Plus Aberdeen in Aberdeen, WA.

Olympic Inn and Suites
Address: 616 W Heron St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: +1-360-533-4200
Website: https://www.olympicinnandsuites.com/ or https://olympiclodging.com/olympic-inn-suites/

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
Phone: +1-360-532-5210
Website: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/travelodge/aberdeen-washington/travelodge-aberdeen/overview

TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor Reviews of Travelodge by Wyndham Aberdeen WA
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/travelodge-by-wyndham-aberdeen-aberdeen

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.

Bed and Breakfast

A Harbor View Inn
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. 

Aberdeen WA Camping

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
Website: https://hoquiamriverrvpark.com/

TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor Reviews of Hoquiam River RV Park in Hoquiam WA

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...

  1. Friends Landing-Camping
    Address: 300 Katon Rd, Montesano, WA 98563
    Phone: (360) 861-8864

  2. Artic RV Park
    893 US Hwy 101, Milepost 75, Cosmopolis, WA 98537
    Phone: +1-360-589-1780
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/the.artic.pub/

  3. Lake Sylvia State Park
    Address: 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road, Montesano, WA 98563
    Phone: (360) 249-3621
    Website: https://parks.state.wa.us/534/Lake-Sylvia

History of Aberdeen WA and Grays Harbor County

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. 

See Hoquiam WA History for more historical detail.

The sister cities of Aberdeen WA and Hoquiam WA now welcome vacationers to enjoy their waters and forests.

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