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Revision as of 23:16, 31 July 2016
The Kitsap Peninsula  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  is the governmental body covering the majority of the Peninsula, with Pierce County  lying in the SE portion of the Peninsula, and Mason County  lying in the SW portion of the Peninsula. Mason County extends west beyond the Kitsap Peninsula into the Olympic Peninsula region.
There are 4 major ways to access the </b>Kitsap Peninsula</b>. The first is </b>Washington State Hwy 3</b> which travels from </b>US Hwy 101</b> in Shelton thru Allyn, Belfair and Gorst heading north to Bremerton. As it passes thru Bremerton, it continues north thru Chico, Silverdale and Poulsbo before joining </b>Washington State Hwy 104</b> near Port Gamble and the Hood Canal Bridge. If you crossed the Hood Canal Bridge, you would be on your way to Port Townsend or Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula. The </b>Hood Canal Bridge</b> is the second way to access the Kitsap Peninsula. The third way is </b>Washington State Hwy 16</b> from Tacoma where it intersects with </b>Interstate 5</b>. After crossing the </b>Tacoma Narrows Bridge</b> (toll bridge southbound) and passing Gig Harbor, Purdy and Port Orchard, it intersects with </b>Washington State Hwy 3</b> at Gorst. The last way to access the Kitsap Peninsula is the </b>Washington State Ferry</b> links between Seattle and Bremerton, Seattle and Bainbridge Island, Kingston and Edmond, as well as the shorter Fauntleroy, Vashon Island and Southworth run. These operate multi times a day and carry passengers as well as vehicles.
- 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.