Sailing is an activity steeped in the past. Who has not cruised by an old wharf or a crumbling pier and wondered what was there before? Or encountered a vintage vessel and imagined its glory days? Sailors are confronted with history and tradition at every tack and jibe. Recognizing this point, in 2019, Congress created the first National Heritage Area dedicated solely to maritime themes. It includes 3,000 miles of shoreline along the Pacific Coast and the Salish Sea, encompassing Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia. This place, where inlets wind through mountains and forests of cedar and Douglas fir, combines the natural and the cultural to form distinctive communities that have been connected by water for centuries.