In an area surrounded by water, travel by boat makes sense. Washington State Ferry is the largest ferry system in the United ... More
Washington State Ferry
In an area surrounded by water, travel by boat makes sense. Washington State Ferry is the largest ferry system in the United States, serving nearly 18 million commuters and visitors a year. Eight routes service 20 terminals, including the downtown Seattle ferry docks at Piers 50 and 52, Fauntleroy Dock in West Seattle, Bainbridge Island , Vashon Island, Bremerton and others. Operating 365 days a year, the ferries allow passengers to experience the magnificent Puget Sound scenery. The schedule changes seasonally and varies by day of the week, with adjusted schedules on holidays.
The ferries run right on schedule, are very reasonably priced and offer a great view of Seattle and surrounding area. Don't bother with a pricey bay tour. Get on the ferry to Bainbridge Island, walk the mile or so into the "downtown" area and enjoy. Glad we did.
I loved the ferry rides we took in Seatle. They are part of the mystique that is Seatle, as much as the Space Needle, or Pike Place market, or the view of Mt. Ranier floating in the distance on a clear day. If you don't take the ferry somewhere during your stay in Washington State, you're missing the point!
When I make a trip to Seattle, which is almost every year,there are 4 places I don't miss. Riding a Washington State Ferry to one of many locations is on my trip of things to do every trip.
Drive your car on to the ferry and park. Purchase a cup of coffee or hot chocolate for your relaxing trip across the Puget Sound. See the skyline all lit up at dusk. See Mount Ranier and the snow capped Olympic Mountains in the distance. Watch the large ships move into port to unload. And watch the seagulls as they escort you along the way. Oh, and don't forget your camera.
If you make this trip on one of the Washington State Ferries, you will make it a point to visit Seattle again just for the trip across Puget Sound.
I took a fairy from Seattle to Bainbridge Island and it was one of the best experiences I had. It was foggy and overcast when we left Seattle, but about halfway to Bainbridge Island the fog burned off and it was gorgeous. The ferry ride back was great because we could see for miles. I stood out on the observation deck the whole time, so I was freezing, but it was well worth the amazing pictures I took.
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