The late undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau famously declared one of his favorite places in the world to SCUBA dive was Puget Sound.
Above the surface, the legendary body of water stretching down northern Washington state from the Pacific Ocean is one of the most scenic areas in the world. With the majestic Olympic Mountains bordering to the west and the bulk of Washington to the east, this mystical waterway is the key to some of the greatest destinations in America’s Northwest.
Balanced between large cities like Seattle and Tacoma and a patchwork of small seaside hamlets, Puget sound is home to millions of people yet also has long spans of natural open spaces. Visiting the Seattle metro area means enjoying all the culture and energy the fabled city has to offer. Hop on a ferry across from downtown to Bainbridge Island to get a taste of real farm living. Take a cruise up the sound for a little orca watching fun. Check out Whidbey Island and its amazing hikes and stunning views. Or end up at the furthest reaches of Puget Sound in Port Townsend and visit the charming Point Wilson Lighthouse for a postcard-perfect moment right at the edge of the open ocean.