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The Puget Sound town and road map will help you locate cities, towns and other attractions.

Puget Sound at a glance

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Puget Sound Wineries
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Puget Sound Cities & Towns


Travel Articles
Kayaking Port Townsend and Indian Island
Kayaking Puget Sound - Best Kept Secret
Nisqually Earthquake
Seattle's Fireworks

Bainbridge Island

Kitsap Peninsula

Hood Canal

Snohomish County

San Juan Islands

Vashon Island

Whidbey Island

Novels set in the Puget Sound

"Superspill" by Mary Kay Becker, 1974.
An hour-by-hour account of the havoc wrought by spreading oil after a tanker goes aground.

"Mighty Mountain" by Archie Binns, 1940.
Historical novel about the Puget Sound country in the mid-1800s, highlighting relations between the Indians and the White settlers.

"The Timber Beast" by Archie Binns, 1944.
Charlie Dow typifies the old style logging operator in this story of the Sound's lumber industry.

"Mom Counted Six" by Mac Gardner, 1944.
Warm and humorous chronicle of a family who live in a Puget Sound mill town. (Gardner was born and grew up in the Puget Sound area.)

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Puget Sound

The Puget Sound region is home to the majority of Washington State citizens who live in the bustling cities and suburbs that extend north to south from Stanwood to Olympia. Most Puget Sound communities lie on either side of the north-south Interstate 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, Camano, 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 is a favorite playground and weekend get-away destination for residents of the region and their northern neighbors in British Columbia, Canada.

Puget Sound Cities

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.

Vacationing in Puget Sound

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.

Puget Sound Accommodations

Puget Sound Bed and Breakfast Guide

Local Food and Beverage

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

Puget Sound Attractions

Island Wood
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: 206-855-4300.

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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