Hi, I just booked flights last night to from DC>SEA and YVR>DC, am planning a 3.5 day / 5 night trip to the NW, and wanted to ask for itinerary and site-seeing suggestions/feedback:
7/31 = Arrive 7pm SEA for 2 nights @ W.
8/1 = Explore Seattle
8/2 = Leave Seattle heading to Victoria for day trip and eventually Vancouver for 3 nights.
Option # 1 = Seaplane 2x - Kennmore Air to Victoria 11am > noon flight. Harbour flight to Vancouver 6:20>6:55pm.
Option # 2 = Ferry + Seaplane = Victoria Clipper 8:30am > 11:15am. Harbour flight to Vancouver 6:20>6:55pm.
Option # 3 Seaplane to Vancouver afternoon of 8/2, spend 8/2 in Vancouver, take round trip ferry tour/daytrip from Vancouver>Victoria without luggage either 8/3 or 8/4.
I see pros / cons in each of the 3 options and am leaning towards option # 1 since it'd allow us to sleep-in, grab leisurely breakfast in Seattle, and minimize travel/connections when traveling Victoria despite being more expensive. I could also take 8am>9am flight but that seems aggressive wake up call for vacation that would yield 3 extra hours in Victoria / Vancouver Island.
Does the Victoria Clipper have great views of the Pudget Sound if we were to take ferry then seaplane to Vancouver? If not and this is a floating Amtrak, I imagine it being a boring 3 hours.
Is Seattle>Victoria>Vancouver too much travel in one day and too difficult to store carry-on luggage in Victoria making option # 3 more viable? I know least about this option, and am thinking the transfers on both ends are to be avoided for only having a day in Victoria.
In Victoria, I'd like to see Butchart Gardens whether permitting, downtown Victoria, and relax in some forest scenery area all without car if possible. I really wish I had more time to explore more remote locations of VI, but flights are already booked.
8/2 > 8/5 = 3 nights at Westin Grand Vancouver. The wife likes to sunbath so hoping for a nice 80 degree day she can catch some rays on the roof top pool, however plan to explore Vancouver and see the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Thanks in advance if anyone has any high level tips on my initial itinerary.