Yes, you can take your car on the Washington State ferries which is what ship you'll need to take to get to Orcas island. There are no reservations taken for any ferries to any of the San Juan islands. Allow at least 1.5 - 2 hours driving time from Seattle to Anacortes. The WA state ferry ride out to the San Juan’s is beautiful and you pass right by many rural, heavily wooded islands on the way. Here is an image taken from a airplane that shows the route the ferry takes: gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/ac1394dbdcca6a36cbf4866… Much information in detail about the Anacortes ferry terminal and how to get to the ferry landing in Anacortes if you have a car as well as webcams showing you the current car holding lot (and a nice new feature which shows the actual amount of spaces left per vessel sailing for vehicles )is at: …wa.gov/ferries/…
You can find out a lot about the islands including all there is to do here at the many parks at the San Juan Visitor Bureau web site: http://www.visitsanjuans.com/ and there you can check for lodging vacancies on the dates you need (see the form on the right of their main page).
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