Itineraries: Kitsap Peninsula
Just over the Agate Pass bridge is the Port Madison Indian Reservation and its center, the town of Suquamish. Learn about the history of the Suquamish Nation at the new museum. Visit Chief Seattle’s grave and the site of his enormous longhouse on the beach. And stop by Clearwater Casino for gaming and good food.
A few miles down the road is Poulsbo (pronounced “Paul’s bo”) It was originally settled by Scandinavians and proudly proclaims that heritage today in the Old Town down by the water. Find the board walk at the north end of the waterfront park for a quiet stroll along Liberty Bay. Visit the shops and the bakery.
Hansville lies at the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. The Point No Point Lighthouse, a Nature Conservancy trail and a large driftwood beach are attractions in the area.
A half hour’s drive north brings you to Port Gamble, a lumber mill town whose mill finally closed only a few years ago. The town is still owned by the mill company, which has preserved its Victorian character in a pristine state, even down to real gas street lamps (a romantic stroll in the evening). The little town has restaurants, shops, especially antiques, and several festivals. The picturesque church is a favorite for weddings. And the old graveyard on the hill overlooking the water is well worth a visit.
The Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport is a little gem that offers exhibits on all things oceanic – including but certainly not limited to military subjects. And the gift shop is amazing.
Bremerton is a must for military history enthusiasts. Visit the Puget Sound Navy Museum and tour the USS Turner Joy, a Cold War destroyer. The city waterfront has been recently turned into a lively area with a convention center and hotel and many shops and restaurants.
Silverdale is the major shopping destination for much of Kitsap, with malls and restaurants. Stroll out on the public dock at the waterfront park in the Old Town for a lovely view of Dyes Inlet.
Seabeck, located on the eastern shore of the Hood Canal, was once a wild lumber town and major passenger port for the Puget Sound area. Now it is a quiet village. Its Scenic Beach State Park offers fabulous views of the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains.
Gig Harbor is just a few miles from the western end of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and portions of the original “Galloping Gertie” still can be visited by recreational divers in the waters outside the harbor. It is a picturesque town with shops and restaurants located around the harbor and hosts several large events and festivals each year.