The region is named after the Salish Sea, a network of interconnected waterways that include the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound. Salish, are indigenous people of the US and Canadian Pacific Northwest used to describe the many groups who speak Salish languages. Visiting the Salish Sea can engage in a wide range of activities, including whale watching, kayaking, exploring charming coastal towns, and immersing themselves in the vibrant arts and culinary scene. The region’s commitment to sustainability and eco-tourism ensures that travelers can experience its natural wonders responsibly while supporting local communities and conservation efforts.
Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a peaceful retreat by the sea, the Salish Sea Tourism Region offers an enchanting and unforgettable journey.
Though Western Washington isn’t famous for agricultural, this area is renowned for flour growing and was even the locale for the award-winning HBO series “Growing Floret”. In March La Conner Daffodil Festival is hosted and in April the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Connecting Skagit Valley to Bellingham, this scenic byway shares the stunning coastal vistas of the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. Along this drive you’ll find a variety of excellent seafood, especially shellfish. Don’t forget to stop at Dogfish Point View, hike Larrabee State Park, and Chuckanut Bay Gallery and Sculpture Garden.
Up-and-Coming Food Scene:
We’ve come to expect excellent brews from the PNW but here you’ll find restaurants and bars hyper-focused on local ingredients creating an ever-changing seasonal menus to keep trying on every visit.
This are is considered a haven for birdwatchers. In the winter you can find bald eagles and massive flocks of snow geese and Trumpeter swans in the Skagit Valley area.