Puget Sound Islands:
The southernmost of the Puget Sound islands, Anderson Island is located just south of McNeil Island and a 20-minute ferry ride away from Steilacoom. Lesser-known and less-visited than its island neighbors to the north, this little gem offers up that quiet small-town charm that those looking for a break from the big city will appreciate.
The islands of Puget Sound have many things in common, not the least of which is their thriving artist communities. Bainbridge Island is no exception. From abstract canvases to porcelain pottery, you'll find the fine arts to be well-represented in the art galleries and studios that line the streets of this charming island. Along with its quaint shops, beautiful landscapes, and fine dining, Bainbridge is a destination not to be missed.
Blake Island is perhaps best known as the site of the ever-popular tourist attraction Tillicum Village, but the 475-acre island is also a state park and campground. It is only accessible via private boat or tour boat - there is no ferry service to the island. Tillicum Village is located at the northeast end of the island, and offers Indian-style salmon dinners and demonstrations of Northwest Indian dancing.
If a peaceful and relaxing weekend getaway is what you're looking for, Camano Island in the Puget Sound may be the answer. With its quaint B&B's and waterfront cottages, it's easy to slip into island life and forget all about the hectic day-to-day happenings of the rest of the world. From thousands of acres of unspoiled hills to miles of uncrowded Puget Sound shoreline, getting away has never been so easy!
Fidalgo Island sits at the northern end of Puget Sound, and is home to the city of Anacortes which is known as the "gateway to the San Juans". The south side of Fidalgo is linked to Whidbey Island by Deception Pass bridge - a beautiful, scenic bridge which is on The National Register of Historic Places. From kayaking and whale-watching to galleries and gourmet dining, there is no shortage of things to do on Fidalgo Island.
Just a short ferry ride away from either Seattle or Tacoma, Vashon Island and it's connecting neighbor, Maury Island, offer plenty of relaxing options for getting away for the day or the weekend. Shopping, good food, beautiful scenery - Vashon Island has all this and more. Once you get here, you'll never want to leave!
The biggest island in the Puget Sound is also naturally the most abundant with things to do for the day or the whole weekend. Numerous beaches, parks, campgrounds, and quaint shops call Whidbey Island home, as well as a variety of fairs and festivals throughout the year. From the stunning views at Deception Pass, to the historic town of Coupeville, Whidbey Island is a must-see!