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Spend Sunny Days Outdoors Along the Puget Sound

Travel Tips for Puget Sound Visitors | Spring 2015

Up and down the Puget sound, people are eager to get outdoors and make the most of spring's sunny days – especially since they can be few and far between. Still, from Oak Harbor and Mount Vernon in the north, and down south to Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Tacoma, and Gig Harbor, there's so much to do along the Puget Sound, even the rain couldn't put a damper on your good time.

It's the perfect time of year to board the Puget Sound Express ferry and cruise the Sound for the chance to get a close-up look at Minke whales, Orcas, and a colorful array of birds. Ferries are also the only way to get to the San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor's popular annual Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

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Oak Harbor and Mount Vernon visitors welcome spring blossoms at the 2015 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which stretches throughout the month of April. Take a shuttle tour along the Skagit Bay, stopping in picturesque La Conner and the Tulip Town tulip fields, and get the chance to see the Snow geese as they make their way back to Canada for the summer.

Make your way to beautiful Bainbridge Island to have your pick of the best of local produce and artisanal goods when the Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market hosts their annual Summer Market Saturdays. Browse the offerings of vendors like Butler Green Organics and Holly Lane Gardens to the sound of soothing live music in a picturesque setting, April 11th through the end of October.

From car shows to a children's fair – Gig Harbor's biggest event of the summer has it all. The 2015 Maritime Gig Festival fills Harborview Drive, signaling the start of summer with parades, music, great food, the Classic Yacht Festival, and so much more on June 6th and 7th.

Tacoma and Lakewood become destinations for golf fans in June, when the 2015 US Open Championship comes to Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, just 15 minutes west of Tacoma. Be there for the excitement of one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world, June 15th through 21st.

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Puget Sound Events

April 2015

April 1 - 30, 2015
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Held near Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor, the Skagit Valley celebrates the oncoming of spring with millions of tulips bursting into bloom. Enjoy drive tours, farm tours, and refreshing sights.

April 11, 2015
Gray Sky Blues Music Festival

Some of the best blues musicians in the country come to various Tacoma venues to take part in the Puget Sound's legendary music scene.

April 11 - November 14, 2015
Bainbridge Island Farmers Market

Find the best in produce and products from the Puget Sound Region at Bainbridge Island's Town Square.

June 2015

June 15 – 21, 2015
2015 U.S. Open Championship

The 2015 U.S. Open Championship will be held at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place near Tacoma and Lakewood.

June 6 & 7, 2015
Maritime Gig Festival

Gig Harbor's premier summer event offers music, entertainment, yacht festival, and great food alongside Harborview Drive.

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