Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end
Ferry over from the Seattle area to Anderson Island for an unobstructed view of Mt. Rainier―and a dose of tranquility. The 8-mile-long island has no stoplights, one general store, a single restaurant, and about 1,000 year-round residents who want things to stay quiet and quaint. Which explains why you may not have heard of this southernmost island in Puget Sound, even though there is plenty to shout about: two rare freshwater island lakes, a stunning west-side beach, and a carefully preserved pioneer past.