Novels set in the 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 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, 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.
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.
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.
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 Restaurant and Northwest Coast Indian Cultural Center on Blake Island. Salmon buffet, entertainment, schedule, prices, direction and prices.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
The Natural History of Puget Sound Country by Arthur R. Kruckeberg. The history of the Puget Sound begins with how ice ages and vulcanism shaped the land plus information on the flora, fauna, climate and special habitats. Order now...
A Complete Guide To The Lighthouses on Puget Sound Including Admiralty Inlet by Christopher Petrich. Companion guide to the Puget Sound lighthouses featuring history, locations, maps, driving directions and photographs. Order now...
Ghost Hunter's Guide to Seattle by Jeff Dwyer. This book features encounters with apparitions from the unique history of Seattle and locations in the Puget Sound. Included are detailed descriptions and historical backgrounds of natural disasters, tragedies, ghostly legends and lore. Order now...
Birds of the Puget Sound Region by Bob Morse (Author), Tom Aversa (Author), Hal Opperman (Author, Editor), map by Shawn Morse, Drawings by Eric Kraig (Illustrator). This is a guide for birds of the Puget Sound region featuring over 200 color photographs of local birds and a companion page with specific information about each bird. Order now...
Biking Puget Sound: 50 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans by Bill Thorness. Fifty of the best outings are highlighted in this book to enjoy the amazing scenery along with the Handy at a Glance chart featuring the routes features, difficulty level, length, elevation gain, time and points of interest. Order now...
Take a Walk: 110 Walks Within 30 Minutes of Seattle and the Greater Puget Sound by Sue Muller Hacking. Walk descriptions include complete information about special attractions, length, difficulty, amenities available, disabled access, connecting trails, dog restrictions, trail descriptions plus a map. Order now...
A Cruising Guide to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands: Olympia to Port Angeles, 2nd Edition by Migael Scherer. This edition contains many color photographs, nautical chart segments along with information on weather, tides, currents, commercial traffic patterns, local history and attractions plus a larger size book with a lay-flat binding for easy use. Order now...
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