Exploring the Puget Sound Area Outside Seattle


The Puget Sound has much more to offer than just Seattle. If you are planning a trip to western Washington, here is a good list of things to see to understand why people fee so fortunate to live in beautiful Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.

Kirkland's Waterfront Parks

Kirkland is a beautiful waterfront city that offers many fun things for all to do. You will find art museums, boutique shops, and a diverse array of restaurants to meet the tastes of any diner, no matter what your budget. Enjoy a show at the Kirkland Performance Center or peruse the extensive collection at the Howard/Mandville Gallery. The true beauty of Kirkland lies along scenic Lake Washington. No other waterfront city in the area has as many waterfront parks and beaches. Swimming, paddle surfing, kayaking and boating are some of the many water activities to enjoy.

Argosy Cruises is the crown jewel of of the Kirkland Waterfront. Enjoy a 1.5-hour narrated cruise of Lake Washington as you take in the panoramic views of the phenomenal beauty that effortlessly envelops the region. Experience the history of the Eastside and Seattle neighborhoods and marvel at some of the incredible onshore properties. 

Woodinville Wine Country

Just north of Kirkland is the wine country of Woodinville, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Woodinville is home to many world class wineries and breweries. Experience the French countryside in the Northwest at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards; the oldest and biggest winery in Washington is also host to some excellent concert series in the summer. Red Hook Brewery and Woodinville Whisky Co. are also cannot miss options among many, many more local, award winning wineries, distilleries, and breweries.

Museums of Tacoma

South of Seattle is Tacoma. Seattle's sister city is home to many of the best museums in the region. Check out the Washington State History Museum to learn about the rich tapestry of the evergreen state. The Tacoma Art Museum is known for the Dale Chihuly collection, some of the best blown glass art in the entire world. At the Museum of Glass there are more galleries and an on-site studio for the world famous sculptor, and be sure to check out the Bridge of Glass just outside. And for the car enthusiasts the America's Car Museum is a real treat- celebrating America's love affair with the automobile with so many vehicles under one roof. 

There is so much more to this great region than just Seattle and with people coming in from all over the country and even the world to visit the beautiful Pacific Northwest. So many exciting adventures await!

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