The Kitsap Peninsula sits on the western side of the Puget Sound across from Seattle. The peninsula is accessible by Washington State Ferries or over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Kitsap is perfect for those who like to play outside during the days, and enjoy wine and culture at night. The peninsula also has a strong military influence with the Naval Base Kitsap and some military museums.

    I guess being on a peninsula implies easy access to the water. This is certainly true for Kitsap where visitors enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing, and spending time on the beaches. The peninsula has 370 miles of coastline.


    The peninsula has a rich military history, and it is celebrated at a couple of museums. The first is the USS Turner Joy Museum Ship, where you can walk around one of the first Destroyer ships in the Vietnam War. The Puget Sound Navy Museum is another great stop where you can learn a ton about naval history.


    The area has some great wineries. Bainbridge Island, which is part of Kitsap Country but not technically on the peninsula (obviously… it is an island), has some fantastic wineries. The peninsula has a fair share as well.

  • Kitsap is very wet. The area gets 56 inches of annual rainfall, which is 20 inches more than Seattle. Half of this rainfall comes in the months of November through January. Unless you love rain, winter isn't the best option.

  • By May, the area dries up a bit (relatively) and warms to the mid-60s.

  • Summer is the peak tourism season. It is also the dry season. The daily highs are in the upper 70s and there is little rain. The weather is near perfect and there is a ton of events.

  • Early fall is nice, but late fall gets very wet. Just to give an idea... September averages 1.5" of rainfall. By November this increases to 9.4".