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Discover the top photo spots in Puget Sound
Nestled between two mountain ranges and filled with saltwater beaches, evergreen forests, and colorful cities and towns, the Puget Sound region of Washington State presents endless opportunities for nature and travel photography, whether you enjoy cityscapes, landscapes, history and modern art, wildlife or formal gardens. Joe Becker presents 58 of his favourite locations with over 125 images to inspire your visit.
While public transportation serves many of the spots in the guide, the best way to get around the region is to drive. A car will easily get you to all the spots listed in the guide, though traffic through the Everett-Seattle-Tacoma corridor can be congested, particularly during normal workday commuting times. On weekends and during the summer, there can be long wait times for ferry passage across Puget Sound by car, and often it may be quicker driving around the Sound. That said, riding the ferry across the Sound presents unique photo opportunities, and you may seek a ferry ride as its own photo adventure.
Cell phone coverage is good in most of the area, though in some areas distant from the cities it can be spotty. Overnight accommodations are available in all the cities and most towns. There are a number of state parks and other campgrounds in the region, though if camping in the state parks during summer or on holiday weekends, a reservation is suggested. Washington State Parks charge a $10/day entrance fee. Therefore, if visiting several on your trip, consider purchasing the annual Discover Pass for $30 (online https://store.discoverpass.wa.gov/, at most state parks, or from many sporting goods stores in the state), which provides entrance to all state parks and many other state-controlled sites.
Be prepared for wet weather, especially if visiting in the winter, spring or fall. Carrying a raincoat and camera protection is advised. Boots or other waterproof footwear are recommended for the state parks, beaches, and other natural areas. Trails and beaches can be muddy, even in the summer. The range of tides in Puget Sound can be ten feet or more. Depending on location and season (daytime high tides are higher in winter), high tides can totally cover a beach, making beach travel much more difficult or even impossible. If you plan a significant amount of beach walking, you may wish to consult a tide table.
The Best Photo Locations In Puget Sound
We show you where, when and how to get the very best travel photos in Puget Sound.