Washington's Kitsap Peninsula lies between the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound. It is separated from the land mass of the Olympic Peninsula by Hood Canal. Hood Canal is not actually a man-made waterway, it is a natural fjord of Puget Sound. Kitsap Peninsula's irregular shape creates almost 300 miles of shore. All this water, combined with lush green forests, makes the Peninsula a great places for gardens, parks, and outdoor recreation.
Many people live and work on the Kitsap Peninsula, which also serves as a bedroom-community for Seattle. Thousands of people commute back and forth between Kitsap Peninsula and Seattle each weekday. Major towns on the Kitsap Peninsula include:
Home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and a Naval Station, Bremerton is the largest city on Kitsap Peninsula. Visitors will enjoy the city's military attractions as well as its many parks, shops, and galleries.
Located across Sinclair Inlet from Bremerton, Port Orchard welcomes visitors to its large marina and attractive waterfront.
This small town's Norwegian heritage is most evident in its charming historic downtown district. Poulsbo's downtown shops, restaurants, and galleries, along with the charming waterfront park and marina, make this small town a fun and popular place to visit.
Located on the west side of Kitsap Peninsula, Silverdale is a retail hub with many big box and chain stores.
How to Get to Kitsap Peninsula
The cities and towns on the Kitsap Peninsula can be reached by road or by Washington State Ferry. State Highway 16, via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, is the main route onto the peninsula. Ferry terminals are located at Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, and Southworth.
If you're looking for an expert guide, Kitsap Tours offers scheduled and private tours of Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island.
Bainbridge Island, part of Kitsap County, is another fun destination and is often part of a Kitsap Peninsula getaway.