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Washington State Ferries

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Washington State Ferries

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Sammy West wrote a review Dec 2020
Columbus, Ohio4 contributions1 helpful vote
Ferries have always been a tool to get somewhere for me rather than a tourist draw. However, for those people who are either 1) from non-aquatic places like Kansas (went to undergrad there - go Jayhawks!) or 2) looking to be out on the water for a bargain price, the ferries can't be beat. SEATTLE: these are the mega ferries that most people think of when asked about ferries. There are multiple decks and the views of downtown Seattle can't be beat as you pull into Colman Dock from Bainbridge or Bremerton. The galley food is passable, but you are riding for the views. There are outside viewing areas, inside seating with great views, and some great 3-D maps of Puget Sound. Go up to the top deck or the "front" of the ferry for the best views. Do this ferry on foot if you are just in Seattle - no need to have a car. EDMONDS/KINGSTON: If you are a diver, there is a great underwater dive park directly north of the ferry dock - large groupers and misc. fun fish. Edmonds is a great little town to kill some time in on your way to the Olympic Peninsula. The ferries themselves are slightly smaller than the Seattle routes, but are still large enough that anyone who is susceptible to roll of the boat won't notice much movement. I've seen everything from eagles and loons to orcas on this ferry route. SMALLER FERRY ROUTES (Vashon, Whidbey, San Juans, etc.) These ferries are more fun to ride because they are smaller and often in the "antique" category! The Keystone ferry out of Port Townsend is a great one - you can feel the tide and the swell. Be sure to check about waits in the summertime/holidays and suspensions in service for extremely high/low tides or weather. The best thing about these ferries is the spectacular view of Washington outside of Seattle - gorgeous scenery. NOTE: If you want to do a small ferry, but are without a car, take the Rapid Ride "C" bus from downtown Seattle to Fauntleroy Dock in West Seattle. You can ride the ferry to Vashon Island - a rural oasis with some great restaurants only a few minutes away from Seattle. OTHER FERRIES WORTH CONSIDERING: If you are touring the Olympic Peninsula, consider a side trip to Victoria, Canada, on the ferry from Port Angeles. The Coho has run between PA and Victoria for many years and does a couple of trips per day across the Straits of Juan de Fuca. You can make a day trip of it, leaving your car in downtown PA parking lots by the ferry dock, or take your car if you wish (I'll make sure to post some other reviews of Victoria on Trip Advisor - it's an incredibly beautiful city and worth several days in itself, not to mention Vancouver Island where it is located). A plug for using the ferries to explore the Olympic Peninsula - you need a car, but Olympic National Park with incredibly gorgeous Lake Crescent and the Hoh Rainforest is well worth the effort. Add in often deserted ocean beaches and natural hot springs and you have a great trip!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Dietmar H wrote a review Dec 2020
Washington23 contributions10 helpful votes
Latest ferry trip was uneventful: leave on time, arrive on time.......... which makes uneventful a good thing. Ferry was great, navigating to and from the ferry on the Seattle side is a nightmare. Signage is terrible and extremely confusing.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Demonet wrote a review Nov 2020
Dallas, Texas199 contributions75 helpful votes
Such a stress free way to go to travel. Not only is it simple transportation, it’s also a scenic view of Seattle. Loved being able to go outside and plenty of room inside. It can be very wind and cold, so come prepared!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Alwxa wrote a review Nov 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana340 contributions101 helpful votes
Took the ferry four times in two days to Bainbridge Island. It was a beautiful view. Everyone wore masks and I feel safe. If you do not feel see if you can opt to stay in your car.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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groupleader45212 wrote a review Oct 2020
Helena, Montana1,186 contributions144 helpful votes
The ferries are practicing social distancing in seating and passenger safety. Very few travelers and no problem finding an empty seat. Very inexpensive at $4.5 round trip for seniors
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Date of experience: October 2020
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