Despite being a thriving city, Poulsbo in Washington State has some unique natural advantages that you would not usually expect to find in an urban environment thanks to its location in the heart of some of the state’s most scenic countryside. This city lies on Liberty Bay, a sheltered branch of Puget Sound, and at the foot of the Olympic Mountains range which are part of the Pacific Coast Ranges.
Most of the mountains are protected within the bounds of the Olympic National Park however while the Olympic Mountains on the whole enclose a large portion of Washington state, part of them lie very close to Poulsbo providing some visibility from certain parts of the city. A small part of the Kit sap Peninsula broke away and blocked the original view from one side of Liberty Bay but this act of nature opened up views from the downtown area instead. This view of these mountains is now possible from the Moe Street Trail, a steep pathway that is situated in between 3rd Avenue and Burns Place. Here visitors can now obtain clear views of the Olympic Mountains from the summit of this hill simply by looking towards the west. More direct access and closer views can also be obtained from outside the city, with many hiking trails and outdoor terrain available in the surrounding countryside.
Poulsbo is also fortunate enough to be situated close to the shoreline and the nearby sea is magnificent, often appearing calm and wave free adding to the air of tranquility of the place. Many visitors and residents alike, flock to this area to relax on the boardwalk or to enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants situated in and around the marina, most of which offer beautiful views of the water as well as fine dining. There are also many shops and other outlets as well as some museums and art galleries. For those who are fascinated by the sea, the maritime museum here is definitely worth a visit as it is full of magnificent objects harvested from the sea, some of which you may recognize and others that you may never have encountered before. The museum is situated by the edge of the sea and many of the objects on display are extremely rare.
There are several storeys to this building and the second floor has an open area around the middle, enclosed by the walls that allow visitors to look down on the museum’s beautifully maintained gift shop. The exhibits change regularly and there are often a variety of different collections on display that are very much one of a kind so this is definitely worth visiting more than once. Those with an interest in natural history will find much to occupy them from historic maritime artifacts and seashell collections to crustacean exhibits that display different kinds of crabs from around the world. Entry to this amazing museum is completely free however donations from the public are appreciated instead.