Shelton is the largest and only incorporated city within Mason County, Washington. The county seat, Shelton served as one of the nation's premier log exporting centers for the decades from 1855 through 1975.
The narrow waterway of Hammersly Inlet connects the Port of Shelton to Olympia, Tacoma and points beyond. The downtown core features stone and brick architecture from the World War I era, when the town was rebuilt after a large, destructive fire.
Shelton's local industry is still centered around lumber and forestry products, though the economy has become diversified. Commercial shellfish harvesting, new retail centers, real estate activity and government jobs have added layers of economic activity to this formerly traditional blue collar town.
State Route 3 heads to Bremerton to the northeast.
- Mason County Historical Society, 427 W Railroad Ave (W Railroad Ave & S 5th St), ☏ . Tu-F 11AM-5PM; Sa 11AM-4PM. The museum showcases the town's early pioneer and logging days. They also maintain a public library of historical materials such as photos, tapes, letters, diaries, periodicals and newspapers
Stretch out or play catch at shady Kneeland Park, a summer picnic spot favorite. Kneeland Park also has one of the most interesting children's playground and climbing gyms in the state.
Another favorite pastime is a walking tour through the historic "timber baron" neighborhood downtown, which parallels a small creek winding lazily throughout the town's core. During spawning time in late summer and early fall, migrating salmon can be observed traversing this miniature waterway on their journey home.
June brings the annual Forest Festival & Parade, a Shelton trademark that honors its logging heritage.
Several antique stores, gift shops, fitness clubs, fine restaurants and a movie theater are all doing a bustling business in downtown Shelton.
- City Center Best Inn, 128 E Alder St (North end of downtown at N 1st St and E Alder St), ☏ .
- Shelton Inn, 628 W Railroad (N 7th & W Railroad), ☏ . downtown motel. From $73.
- Super 8 (Super 8 by Wyndham Hotels), 2943 Northview Cir (Wallace Kneeland Blvd exit from US Hwy 101), ☏ . From $69.
|Routes through Shelton|
|Port Angeles ← Potlatch ←||N S||→ Olympia → Tumwater|
|Bremerton ← Allyn ←||N S||→ END|