Port Angeles to Seattle -- by car and ferry
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Mar 22, 2011 10:41 PM Last Post By: anyone101
Apr 10, 2010 7:59 PM
Port Angeles to Seattle -- by car and ferryI'm going to be travelling from Victoria to Port Angeles, then have to get to Seattle (Fremont area). I'm wondering if anyone knows which of these routes is faster, prettier, and an easier drive --
1. To Kingston and then to Edmonds
2. To Bainbridge Island then over to Seattle.
I'm favouring the second, because I've never gone this way and I get right into Seattle. But I'd like other opinions...
Apr 10, 2010 9:41 PM
11. To Kingston and then to Edmonds
Faster if you're driving.
2. To Bainbridge Island then over to Seattle.
Better if you're using public transport & walking on the ferry without a car. This puts you into downtown Seattle. Still possible to drive but more difficult to.
Apr 11, 2010 10:39 AM
2Generally, Kingston to Edmonds is a faster and an easier drive. I think Bainbridge to Seattle is a more scenic and prettier drive. However, depending on when you are traveling, the Kingston ferry can have longer wait times if you are traveling during a busy time and you have to wait in line for two or three ferries. Avoid traveling eastbound on a Sunday afternoon or evening when everyone on the Peninsula want to get back to Seattle, if you are driving.
Apr 12, 2010 10:04 PM
3I think I will do Kingston-Edmonds then after reading your replies. Then I can avoid arriving in downtown Seattle.
I can go to Seattle on either a Friday or Saturday, and from Seattle on Saturday or Sunday. I think it will be Saturdays in each direction.
Apr 13, 2010 6:30 AM
4If your goal is simply to sojourn from Victoria to Seattle, then I might suggest
the passenger only ferry from Victoria to Seattle :).
Perhaps some locals in NW can confirm that this ferry is still running?
If on the other hand, you do go via Port Angeles...then see if you can wangle
the time to get up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic NP :D. AWESOME
views up there (about 19 miles from ferry landing to Hurricane Ridge).
You can also deter to Pt. Townsend, home of the Wooden Boat School,
Ft. Warden St Park and where the film Officer and a Gentleman was
Also, check out the Chimacum Cafe in Chimacum, WA. They have
incredible pies!!! :)
Apr 13, 2010 7:14 AM
Apr 13, 2010 1:59 PM
6For a week in Seattle:
1. Take Windsurf lesson on Green Lake or Lake Washington.
2. Dine one night at Cafe Loc (near Space Needle)
3. Dine one night at Toshi's (near NE corner of Green Lake)
4. Find the Troll!!!
5. Go to Discovery Park
6. Check Ferry Schedules and catch Bremerton boat as close to sunset as possible.
Bring your own dinner on board and catch the Olympics Sunset.
7. Watch UW crews workout.
8. Go to J Dock (visiting boat dock) at Shilshoe Marina and talk to the travellers.
You may just get a day cruise out of it.
9. Go "ala cart" at Fish Market/Produce stands and "pick up" your lunch.
10. Go to downtown/Rainier View on southern Queen Anne hill.
11. Go to Discovery Park.
12. Rent a bicycle for the week.
13. Feed the pigeons french fries and watch them catch the fries in mid-air.
14. Go to free Tuesday at Seattle Art Museum if that is still a go.
15. Go north a lil bit and tour Boeing Everett Plant.
16. Get a cinnamon roll at Honey Bear Bakery - Phinney ridge area or at
Brusseau's in Edmonds.
If you're bored in Seattle, then check your carotid pulse. You may not
have one! :)
Apr 13, 2010 4:30 PM
7From the list above, I'd add:
-spend a day at Mt. Rainier National Park - and do a short hike if you're into that.
-check out the international district before or after your Mariners game (within walking distance) and find a place that looks good to you to eat.
-If you're in Pioneer Square, check out the Gold Rush National Historic Park at 2nd and Jackson. If you're there in the evening, check out the jazz scene.
Apr 13, 2010 10:11 PM
8Both Saturdays will be travel days, so I have 6 days in Seattle. Most of the Sunday will be the baseball game.
I checked on the Victoria Clipper (hydrofoil) and that is a good possibility instead of driving - I hadn't considered it before. And when I mentioned it to my Seattle friends, they said to take it and they would leave me their car, although I don't mind getting around on the bus and using taxis.
BUT then I can't explore on the way there and back....
And Listener - I'll skip the windsurfing lessons. I'm an old broad, feisty, but not all that agile!
Apr 14, 2010 9:50 AM
9The only places I'd recommend on the way to and from Victoria would be Port Townsend, and you wrote that you'd already been there, and Hurricane Ridge at Port Angeles, which offers a stunning view of the mountains and the ocean. Is it worth the extra time, cost, and driving to go up to Hurricane Ridge? Not in my opinion. I'm usually a drive-myself type (having driven >175,000 miles in all 50 states), but there are exceptions to every rule and the ferry to Victoria is one of 'em.
I've been to Victoria several times. Believe me, you do not need, or even want, a car there. If you leave on the ferry from Seattle in late morning, spend the rest of the day in Victoria, stay overnight, and come back sometime the next day, you'll have seen and done everything there is to see and do there.
In particular: high tea at the Empress Hotel, the British Columbia museum's display of Indian ("First Peoples," the Canucks now call 'em) artifacts, and Butchart Gardens, which is a cross between an English garden and some over-the-top Thomas Kinkade scene. Victoria is charming and fun, but once you've seen it and walked around, you've done it all and it's time to get out of there. Note: You must have a passport to cross the Canadian border. If you don't have one and the Canadians admit you anyway, the return to the U.S. is going to be a gigantic hassle. And don't worry about currency issues in Canada. They'll take U.S. dollars, and of course credit cards work just fine.
So, aside from the baseball game, which indeed will fill up a whole day, you actually have five days in Seattle for tourist stuff. Well, the good side of that is that you can take your time here and not be running around playing tag with everything, frantic to touch all the bases in two days. This is a good town for relaxation; as long as you're not expecting it to be New York City, with something new around every corner, you'll be fine. It's also a great food town, but you'll probably want to avoid the restaurant on top of the Space Needle. Funny thing is that I had heard the place had improved; I guess I was told wrong.
When are you coming here, anyway? While in town, I advise having a rental car. Could you get around without one? Yeah, you could depend on the bus system, which is actually quite good, but it'd be a lot less convenient than having your own wheels. To second a suggestion already made in this thread: On one of the days "in town," take a drive out of town through Mt. Rainier National Park. It's quite beautiful, and an easy day trip. While in town, make sure to spend time at Discovery Park. Even on a cloudy day it's nice. On a sunny day, it's stunning. At some point in your stay, go over to Alki Beach in West Seattle (perhaps in conjunction with a restaurant or cafe -- check Chowhound for ideas) and have a stroll.
May 5, 2010 9:25 PM
10I'm heading over on Saturday. Will have a week in Seattle. I'm counting on all your ideas here, which I've printed out.
Will be back again at the end of the month for Folklife. But will take the Victoria Clipper that trip.
Thanks for all your suggestions and advice.
Mar 22, 2011 3:54 PM
11I have a kind of similar question but just backwards- I'm flying into SEATAC around 7 pm on Friday night and we have a reservation in Port Angeles for the night- it is better to take the southern route through Tacoma or the northern route back up through Seattle and take the ferry? They're about the same length of time but a longer driving route going south. Does the ferry even go late? Thanks so much for your help!
Mar 22, 2011 10:41 PM
12"They're about the same length of time but a longer driving route going south. Does the ferry even go late? "
About same length of time. Look on: http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/Default.aspx
for schedules. Another possiblity is go past Seattle to Edmonds and than cross from Edmonds to Kingston. Look on Google Maps getting there.
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