The Kitsap Peninsula is an appendage to the Olympic Peninsula; in fact, visitors and locals alike sometimes confuse the two, thinking that anything west of Seattle must be the Olympic Peninsula. Not true: The Kitsap is separated from the Olympic Peninsula by Hood Canal.
The Kitsap is readily accessible by ferry from Seattle and Edmonds, and by the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Tacoma. Its many back roads are favorite cycling destinations. Bainbridge Island is especially popular because of the easy access, diverse country, lack of traffic, and abundance of fine cafés and B&Bs.
For a helpful map of recommended bike routes—plus all sorts of other local information—contact the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau (Port Gamble, 360/297-8200 or 800/416-5616 www.visitkitsap.com).
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition