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10 Things You Must See and Do in Seattle

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Kitsap Peninsula

Once called the Great Peninsula, Kitsap is surrounded by 236 miles of salt water shoreline and centrally located between the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The Kitsap Peninsula affords spectacular views of mountains and water from every vantage point and welcomes groups of all sizes to tour our unique and beautiful area.

The combination of Native American, Scandinavian, military and pioneer attractions all within a two-hour radius make Kitsap an easy-to-tour destination rich in history and diversity.

Less than an hour from Seattle, Kitsap is easily accessible from the greater Seattle area by four routes of the Washington State Ferry Service, from the west by the Hood Canal Bridge (the world’s longest floating bridge over tidal water), and by highway from the south. Every community on Kitsap is located on the waterfront.
From the 1850′s lumber mill town of Port Gamble (a National Historic Site) to Bainbridge Island with it’s quaint shopping district or the Smithsonian-lauded museum of the Suquamish Tribe and the gravesite of Chief Seattle at St. Peter’s Mission, on through the Norwegian town of Poulsbo on the shore of fjord-like Liberty Bay, to the settler’s log cabin museum in Port Orchard, Kitsap’s heritage abounds.

At Bremerton you can visit the Naval Museum, tour the destroyer Turner Joy, take a harbor cruise (from Port Orchard) of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard or tour the growing number of galleries and arts related activities.

Everything for the gardener exists on the Peninsula, including full service nurseries, specialty nurseries and a number of display gardens to tour such as the Bloedel Estate and Heronswood, both featured on Martha Stewart Living, and an internationally known Bonsai Garden.

Nine State Parks can be found within the Peninsula’s boundaries as well as 14 county and numerous city parks and playgrounds. Boat launches and scuba diving areas are nestled throughout and other sports such as kayaking, skate boarding, swimming, antique and mall shopping, beach combing, hiking, biking, or just relaxing and enjoying the view are readily available. Kitsap restaurants offer delectable dining and once again, there’s that fabulous view.
Eleven golf courses include three of the ten top-ranked in Washington with two of those being ranked by Golf Digest in the Nation’s top 200 public courses.

Shopping is another plus with everything from galleries to craft shops, antiques, specialty shops, large chain stores and the up-to-the-minute Kitsap Mall.

Affordable accommodations, many with excellent motor coach parking and meeting facilities include: waterfront hotels, golf resorts, charming inns, northwest-style day facilities, sports fields, fairgrounds and a Pavilion with over 43,000 square feet of meeting space.

Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau
PO Box 270
2 Rainier AVE
Port Gamble, WA 98364
360/297-8200
360/297-8208 (Fax)
Come learn more about travel and tourism on the Kitsap Peninsula!
www.visitkitsap.com

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Adventure abounds on both land and sea, be it birding or whale watching, kite flying or winter storm watching, horseback riding or clam digging. Abundant oysters and fish are the freshest anywhere, whether you catch them yourself or just order them in a restaurant. And remember to sample recipes that include the world-famous cranberries grown in local bogs along the cranberry coast.

If you enjoy being transported back in time, the Coast will ignite your imagination. At Fort Canby State Park, you can relive the adventures of Lewis and Clark who completed their quest for the Pacific near this spot almost 200 years ago. Built on a rocky headland, and home to a century-old lighthouse, this interpretive center contains exhaustive journal excerpts, maps and photomurals of places along the explorers’ route.

This region was also once a major supplier of lumber to the world and famous for its deep-water harbors and innovative shipbuilding. Stroll the boardwalk in a historic seaport or poke around old logging towns where you can hunt for antiques. When you’re tired, cuddle in one of the many B&Bs that were once oceanfront retreats for timber barons.

The most common visitors to this region are not even people. Millions of migratory birds annually visit the estuaries and tide flats that make for rich feeding grounds. Bird watchers flock here from all over the world to spy on a cast of characters with names like sandpipers, plover, yellowlegs and marbled godwit, along with brown pelicans and the kingly great blue heron – to name just a few.

During the summer months, be sure to take a boat tour to watch gray whales as they pass Washington during their migration to summer feeding grounds. Weighing up to 40 tons and growing up to 40 feet in length, these giant mammals are also gentle and curious by nature. During the height of the season (about mid-March through April) the whales can be easy to find, but their combination of grace and size is impossible to capture in words.

Many beach destinations around the world have been created or drastically developed for tourists, but the Coast retains its woodsy character and historical landscape. The people who live here and the people who visit, love it because it hasn’t changed in ways that ruin the spirit of a magical place. The birds and the whales still love to come here too. In the summer, the heat of the sun is balanced in the Pacific breeze. The spring and fall bring the transient sounds and colors of seasonal change and migration. And in the winter, powerful storms play out torrential dramas on the shore. Whenever you come, bring your true self, plus a kite, binoculars, a fishing pole and a healthy appetite.