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The Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula

Port Townsend

www.ptguide.com

East of Whidbey Island, Port Townsend is one of only three registered historic seaports in the United States. In addition to many historical sites and preserves, the town is surrounded by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Discovery Bay and Port Townsend Bay.

Port Townsend is a thriving artistic community with year-round theater, music and gallery presentations. National Geographic has called the Port “the most sophisticated place west of Seattle.”

The majority of modern-day industry revolves around maritime sales and repairs, with the town’s other major industry being timber and paper export. In fact, the largest local industry is the world-famous Port Townsend Paper Co., though several smaller specialty businesses still attract visitors and locals.

Recently, though, the Olympic mountain range, with its rain forests and wilderness, has drawn far more tourist dollars than mill dollars, so it may be that Port Townsend’s future prosperity lies not in logging but in tourism.

Bremerton

www.ci.bremerton.wa.us

Bremerton’s 39,000-plus residents are spread between East and West Bremerton, separated by the Port Washington Narrows.

On Bremerton’s seaside trails, hikers can witness bald eagles swooping into the water for fish, migrating whales in the inlet and stunning views of both Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. In addition, the town boasts multiple galleries, music venues and entertainment at the top-rated Admiral Theatre.

 

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