Explore rugged beaches and lush green forests

Escape into the wild along Washington’s peninsulas, where rain forests, rugged beaches, and a massive national park provide endless places to explore.

The Peninsulas Region, which includes the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas, is a geographically diverse area that attracts artists and adventurers alike with its natural beauty and away-from-the-world vibe.

The Olympic Peninsula is home to Olympic National Park and multiple rain forests, the world’s largest Sitka spruce tree, four unique ecosystems, quaint small towns, and beaches punctuated by awe-inspiring sea stacks. It’s also home to Forks, the primary setting for author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels.

While July is the best time of year to see and smell the intoxicating lavender fields in Sequim, the region beckons travelers year-round with abundant outdoor recreation and quaint towns. Nearby Port Angeles and charming Victorian Port Townsend with its colorful historic houses make great bases for exploring the area.

To disconnect, visitors can head to remote La Push, which provides easy access to explore driftwood-strewn Rialto, Second and Third beaches.

On the Kitsap Peninsula, visitors will find nearly 300 miles of shoreline. Located between the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound directly west of Seattle, this area makes a great day trip destination for those looking to escape the busy cities in the Metro Puget Sound Region. Bainbridge Island is easily reachable via a short ferry ride from Seattle.

Bremerton is the largest city on the peninsula, and visitors come for its military attractions, including the Puget Sound Navy Museum and the USS Turner Joy naval destroyer museum ship, as well as the city’s many parks, shops, and galleries. Meanwhile, the nearby Hood Canal area is known for its oysters and outdoor recreation.