Kitsap County, WA, USA

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Kitsap County, WA, USA

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Escape to Kitsap County

Sitting amid the icy waters of the Puget Sound, Kitsap County is the almost-island of Washington State. Just a series of bridges, ferries, and one tiny isthmus connect it to the lands of the Pacific Northwest and Seattle across the water. The result is a place of country hamlets and hearty small towns, where Kitsap County vacation rentals peer over the lapping Hood Canal, or spill down to private beachfronts where eye-watering glances of the Olympic Mountains dominate on the horizon. It's a real "get-away-from-it-all" option in WA.

Kitsap County caters for all

Kitsap County is a chameleon of a place. You can shop for antiques in the emporiums of Silverdale, or tour old battleships to unravel raw naval history. You can hop between local farmer's markets in the summer, or just laze on the rocky beaches of Bainbridge Island – the views of Seattle are to die for. The Puget Sound also beckons, promising underwater SCUBA adventure, boating trips to spy out splashing killer whales in the swells, or yachting lessons with trained skippers out of the local docks.

A fusion of art, history, and nature in Kitsap County

Kitsap County vacation rentals on Bainbridge Island have access to the pebbly beaches of Pritchard Park. The Elandan Gardens are packed with bonsai trees and exotic plants. Illahee State Park has forests and hiking trails. Meanwhile, contemporary sculpture works and eco-art exhibits tour through the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, the Puget Sound Navy Museum is awash with submarine control rooms, the Kid's Discovery Museum has oodles for the little ones, there's the deck guns of mighty USS Turner Joy standing tall in Bremerton – the list goes on.

Kitsap County keeps going throughout the year

You could join the bigger crowds of people who flock across from Seattle to the charming towns and beaches of Kitsap County during the summer months of June, July, and August. You'll get the best weather for soaking up the Washington rays then, and be able to enjoy biking and boating with less chance of rain. However, if you're hoping to see the salmon spawn, then the fall – from October to November – is a better time to come, while the months between May and September are top for whale spotting on the Puget Sound.

Kitsap County juts into the Puget Sound

Kitsap County pokes up into the cold waters of the Puget Sound with the fork-like Kitsap Peninsula. For its whole length, it's cut through by waterways and bays. Some, like the wide Hood Canal, are large. Others, like tight-knit Dyes Inlet, are narrow. All are fringed with pockets of woodland and fir trees, while some look eastwards to the cityscape of Seattle, and others have gasp-producing views of the Olympic Mountains. It's between those peaks – arguably Washington's wildest region – that you'll find glaciers, hot springs, elks, and black bears.