Japanese American agriculture on Vashon began around 1900 and farmers created a close-knit and thriving community on the island despite despite barriers to citizenship and land ownership, as well as wartime mass incarceration.
Along the island's jagged shores, sinewy red-trunked madronas and wind-stunted green conifers stand above tawny rocks, beckoning visitors to explore some of the state's most scenic shoreline and waterways.
The Olympic mountains are only part of this wilderness wonderland. Salt water is never far distant. Side roads dart down to idyllic beach camps, where time is marked only by the changing shadows of towering fir upon the mirror of some protected bay.
Rugged badlands set beside level plains, sawtoothed ridges rear above gently rolling foot-hills, riotous mountain streams tumble into smooth lakes, rivers cut their way across drab deserts; all greeting visitors along this remarkable tour.
Following Territorial military roads linking settlements along Puget Sound the tour crosses sluggish rivers flowing through fertile bottom lands, passes orchards and road side inns, and visits small town main streets and major urban centers.
Neatly laid out on the floor of Kittitas Valley, Ellensburg is approximately the geographic center of the State, and retains much of its early Western atmosphere, agricultural heritage, and richly hued turn-of-the century masonry buildings.
Makah Cultural and Research Center exhibits the rich cultural heritage of the Makah. The Makah excelled in the art of canoe making, their finished canoes ranging from the shovel-nose dugout, used in ascending shallow streams to ocean going canoes.
Even the most casual visitor will catch some of the geological story of this region. Along the greater part of the route, the land is marked by outcroppings of granite rock, formed under pressure, and then forced upward by successivive eruptions.