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Kitsap Peninsula, Washington state

The Kitsap Peninsula is an arm of land that is part of the larger Olympic Peninsula in Washington state (U.S.) that lies west of Seattle across Puget Sound. Hood Canal separates Kitsap Peninsula from the rest of the Olympic Peninsula. It encompasses all of Kitsap County except Bainbridge and Blake Islands, as well as the northeastern part of Mason County and the northwestern part of Pierce County. The highest point on the Kitsap Peninsula is Gold Mountain. The U.S. Navy's Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and Naval Base Kitsap (comprising the former NSB Bangor and NS Bremerton) are on the Peninsula. Its main city is Bremerton.

Though earlier referred to as the Great Peninsula or Indian Peninsula, its current name comes from Kitsap County, which occupies most of the peninsula. It is thus the namesake of Chief Kitsap, an 18th- and 19th-century warrior and medicine man of the Suquamish Tribe. The Suquamish were one of the historical fishing tribes belonging to the Coast Salish group of peoples, and their ancestral grounds were based on the eastern shores of the Kitsap Peninsula. Seattle is named after the tribe's most famous leader, Chief Sealth. The Port Madison Indian Reservation, located between Poulsbo and Agate Pass, is the modern Suquamish tribal center. The Kitsap Peninsula is also home to the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, another branch of the Coast Salish people, whose tribal center is the Port Gamble S'Klallam Indian Reservation at Little Boston located on the northwest coast of the peninsula.

The peninsula is connected to the eastern shore of Puget Sound by Washington State Ferries, which run from Bremerton to Downtown Seattle, from Kingston to Edmonds and from Southworth to West Seattle via Vashon Island, by the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Point Fosdick to Tacoma, and to the northeastern shore of the main Olympic Peninsula by the Hood Canal Bridge.


Cities and towns

Bays and Inlets


External links

Kitsap Peninsula Visitor Information

Coordinates: 47°34′N 122°47′W / 47.567°N 122.783°W / 47.567; -122.783


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


The Kitsap Peninsula [1] is in Washington State in the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America. It lies in Puget Sound between the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.


The region has a rich and diverse history. Giving a combination of Native American, Scandinavian, military and pioneer attractions. The Kitsap Peninsula is "almost" an island, accessible primarily by ferries or bridges with highway access from the south.

Kitsap County [2] is the governmental body covering the majority of the Peninsula, with Pierce County [3] lying in the SE portion of the Peninsula, and Mason County [4] lying in the SW portion of the Peninsula. Mason County extends west beyond the Kitsap Peninsula into the Olympic Peninsula region.

  • Bloedel Reserve — a 150-acre gardens so popular reservations are required
  • Bremerton Naval Museum
  • Bremerton Raceway
  • Clearwater Casino
  • Fay Bainbridge State Park
  • Fort Ward State Park
  • Green Mountain State Forest
  • Hood Canal Floating Bridge — third-longest floating bridge (the longest over tidewater)
  • Illahee State Park — great for a quiet get-away (camping)
  • Kitsap Convention Center
  • Kitsap Memorial State Park
  • Manchester State Park — various turn-of-the-century military structures built to protect the Puget Sound Navel Shipyard
  • Naval Undersea Museum — located in Keyport ("Torpedo Town")
  • Of Sea and Shore Museum — located in the General Store at Port Gamble
  • Old Man House
  • Point No Point Casino
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Scenic Beach State Park — Olympic Mountain views and perfect picniking spots (camping)
  • Suquamish Museum
  • Tillicum Village at Blake Island State Park — native presentation and cuisine accessed by boat from Seattle's waterfront
  • USS Turner Joy — Vietnam era destroyer museum
  • Spectacular views of mountains and water


World-class golf courses.

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