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Puget Sound, WA

Travel Guide
Tacoma showing a city, a bay or harbor and a marina

Encompassing sophisticated urban areas, such as Seattle, and forested islands with mountain views, Puget Sound is nothing if not diverse.

Puget Sound impresses with its jaw-dropping natural beauty, interesting historic cities and scenic byways that help visitors journey through Washington state. Take a sailboat to an island off the coast, visit one of Seattle’s many fascinating museums and attend an art festival in a historic town.

Allow plenty of time to properly explore the large Puget Sound region, which stretches all the way from the northern tip of the state down to Olympia and Yelm. Puget Sound is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean that runs through northwest Washington. This complex estuary system has created varied landscapes including small peninsulas and breathtaking islands.

Seattle, known for its coffee culture and Space Needle tower, is Washington state’s largest city. Explore its trendy shops and the red brick buildings of Pioneer Square, a district that dates back to the Gold Rush. Buy locally made goods and fresh produce at Pike Place Market, browse exhibits at the Frye Art Museum and go for a stroll in Discovery Park, which backs onto the beach.

At the base of Puget Sound is Tacoma, known as the “City of Destiny.” The city hosts several summer art festivals and also features the fascinating Museum of Glass and the Washington State History Museum.

Washington’s Native American history takes center stage in Suquamish, home of the Suquamish Tribe. Visit the memorial of Chief Seattle, an influential leader, at Suquamish Memorial Cemetery. Suquamish’s location along the Agate Pass means it is a good vantage point for stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and Mt. Rainier.

Puget Sound’s islands make for great daytrips from Seattle. Take a ferry to Whidbey Island and taste fresh ingredients grown at local farms. Vashon is a peaceful retreat for hikers and beachcombers who want to explore without worrying about crowds.

Fly into the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport or arrive by Amtrak train from nearby cities. Rent a car to travel around the Puget Sound and hop on ferries to reach the islands.

Puget Sound is a jewel in Washington’s crown and a magical place to discover the legendary natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is $144 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,583 reviews)
"Super convenient location, within walking distance from Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Museum and the rest of the Seattle Center. There's multiple bus stops nearby so it's easy to get around. All the staffs were super friendly, and you can store your luggage for free if you arrive early or something. ..."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Mediterranean Inn
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is $199 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (2,018 reviews)
"The rooms were very clean. The only issue we experienced was that they put us in an accessible room, but they were more than willing to change it to a standard room."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
4.5 out of 5
515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA
The price is $199 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Located in Downtown Seattle, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Waterfront and Washington State Convention Center. Pike Place Market and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (935 reviews)
"This hotel was very nice, comfortable and clean, the staff was friendly and welcoming, it is located close enough to all the places we wanted to visit and my granddaughter and I were able to walk to there safely and easily."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
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Immaculate, Private, Cozy! A Tucked Away Gem!
Immaculate, Private, Cozy! A Tucked Away Gem!
Seattle, WA
The price is $95 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Located in Highline, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from North SeaTac Park and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Museum of Flight. Lake Washington and Westfield ...
Immaculate, Private, Cozy! A Tucked Away Gem!
Pike and Pine Rentals
Pike and Pine Rentals
3 out of 5
1530 9th Ave, Seattle, WA
Located in Downtown Seattle, this apartment building is steps from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"We had an excellent stay! Our room was clean, great views, and the rooftop was amazing!"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Pike and Pine Rentals
Stay With us for a Beautiful, Relaxing, Quiet but Exciting Escape
Stay With us for a Beautiful, Relaxing, Quiet but Exciting Escape
Seattle, WA
The price is $364 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Located in Ballard, this houseboat is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Discovery Park. Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Cruise ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
B&B&B
"Bed , bath and boat-a beautiful 70 foot sailboat with gorgeous views and a lovely and accommodating captain Bill and Liewa (sp). The meals were amazing! Captain Bill and Liewa live on this beautiful boat full time and truest welcome you into their home-great people and a neat experience"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Stay With us for a Beautiful, Relaxing, Quiet but Exciting Escape
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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