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The Puget Sound


The Puget Sound region is home to the majority of Washington State citizens who live in the bustling cities and suburbs which extend north to south from Stanwood to Olympia.  Most Puget Sound communities lie either side of the north-south Interstate Highway 5 corridor that serves as the major traffic thoroughfare of the state.

Puget Sound itself is a body of water lying east of Admiralty Inlet, through which ocean waters reach inland some 50 miles from the Pacific Coast to provide all-weather ports for ocean-going ships at Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia.  The waterway is a complex and intricate system of channels, inlets, estuaries, embayments and islands.

Common usage has broadened the Sound's description to include the surrounding lowlands extending east to the Cascade Mountains and the various cities and towns lying therein.  Such usage also includes Whidbey , Cam a no, and Fidalgo islands as well as the Kitsap Peninsula .

Outside Admiralty Inlet and beyond Whidbey Island to the north, lie the popular San Juan Islands between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia.  This small group of islands are a favorite playground and weekend get-away destination for residents of the region and their northern neighbors in British Columbia , Canada.

Seattle , the state's largest city, lies in the center of the Puget Sound region and sits between Elliot Bay and Lake Washington.  Across the Sound is Bainbridge Island , the Kitsap Peninsula and Olympic Peninsula .  To the east, and across Lake Washington, is Seattle's near neighbor Bellevue .

Other major cities situated on the Sound include Everett , Olympia and Tacoma .  On the west side of the Sound are the cities of Bremerton , Port Orchard and Shelton .

The Puget Sound area offers a rich variety of vacation, recreational and holiday pursuits including big-city life, island retreats, cozy bed and breakfasts, romantic country inns and first class resorts.  There is plenty of sightseeing, hiking, kayaking, and boating activities to keep in shape and make one wish for a longer Puget Sound holiday.

See individual cities and towns for additional visitor information as well as information on accommodations, activities and attractions in specific cities.   When looking for a city or town, you can choose from either an alphabetical list, or, a list by region .


Natural Choice Directory
This online version of the Puget Sound directory includes a guide to natural food markets and restaurants.

Its Nautical.Com .  29256 164th Avenue SE, Kent, WA 98042.  Phone: 253-638-8492.  E-mail A recreational boating information web with listings for sailboat accessible restaurants and bars in the Puget sound area and coastal Washington state.

Smoke Free Entertainment
Doug Bowers reviews smoke-free dining, drinking, and entertainment options around the Puget Sound.


Puget Sound Bed & Breakfasts Directory


The Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center (PSELC)
A non-profit residential educational facility serving students, teachers and families in the greater Seattle area.  Located on 255-acres on Bainbridge Island, the school offers a natural setting for field-based education.  The PSELC sponsors a walking tour of the facility twice each month which explores a bog, cattail marsh, pond, forest and ravine.  Information: 206-441-2769.

Tillicum Village
Tillicum Village Restaurant and Northwest Coast Indian Cultural Center on Blake Island.  Salmon buffet, entertainment, schedule, prices, direction and prices.

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