The Inside Passage is a roughly 1,300 mile water route from Puget Sound in Washington State, up the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, to Skagway Alaska. Every summer season a handful of sea kayakers tackles the route that takes around 80 days to complete. There are a few towns and small villages along the route where food supplies can be replenished and contact with the outside world can be made.
Olympic National Park is located in the U.S. state of Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula. The park can be divided into three basic regions: the Pacific coastline, the Olympic Mountains, and the temperate rainforest. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Olympic National Monument in 1909 and after Congress voted to authorize a redesignation to National Park status, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the legislation in 1938.
Mount Rainier National Park is located in west-central Washington and is ideal for hiking, mountain climbing and scenic drives. Most roads are open from late May to early October, which allow for both stunning views and access to a wide range of hiking trails and other sites. Hikers will find forests with cedar, hemlock, and fir trees as well as streams and wildflower meadows.
Puget Sound is the region in Washington between the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. The region is named for the large body of saltwater with tentacles of inlets and channels reaching from the Pacific Ocean south for more than 80 miles. Seattle is the largest city in Puget Sound and in the Pacific Northwest. The east side of Puget Sound is a metropolitan complex of cities with a population of more than a million.