Earth : North America : United States of America : Pacific Northwest : Washington (state) : Puget Sound
The Puget Sound has many cities, check in the subregion articles for more of them. This is a sampling of seven of the more notable cities.
Puget Sound is a sheltered arm of ocean between Seattle and the mainland of Washington State to the east and the Olympic Peninsula to the west. The southern boundary is marked by where the mainland and the Olympic Peninsula meet, near Tacoma. The northern boundary is marked by Admiralty Pass and the Strait of San Juan de Fuca.
The San Juan Islands are not properly located in Puget Sound, contrary to common belief and widespread usage. There has been a recent popular movement to officially name the area that contains the San Juan Islands as the Salish Sea, in honor of the native people of the region. The Salish Sea is located at the confluences of Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Strait of Georgia.
The Puget Sound region consists of Puget Sound itself, the islands of Puget Sound, the Kitsap Peninsula, plus the mainland counties which form both the western and eastern sides of Puget Sound leading up to the edges of the watershed in the high crests of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Counties with this area include: Island, Snohomish, Kitsap, King, Pierce, and Thurston
Most people in the Puget Sound region speak English.
The main airport in this region is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which is the main airport in Washington. It is located south of Seattle in the city of SeaTac. It has direct flights to many American cities as well as some flights to Asia and Europe.
For more information about travelling by train in the United States see Rail travel in the United States.
I-5 is the main freeway running north-south; going north to Vancouver and south to Portland and California. I-90 goes east from Seattle to Chicago and ultimately Boston. Other east-west routes include US-2 over Stevens Pass from Everett and SR-410 from Tacoma (closed in winter).
Your common sense is your best friend. The Puget Sound area, where the majority of the state's population lives, has all of the social problems common to the rest of the nation's population centers. Crime of every sort occurs on a routine basis, and you should take the necessary precautions to avoid becoming a statistic.
Keep your wits about you when driving anywhere, as motorists in the region are notoriously reckless, and frequently drive without insurance.
While it may be legal to purchase and possess marijuana, it is not yet legal to grow it or smoke it in public.