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Seattle to Victoria & Back in a Day???

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Seattle to Victoria & Back in a Day???

Is it possible to visit Victoria from Seattle in 1 day, traveling round trip by ferry?

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11. Re: Seattle to Victoria & Back in a Day???

Unfortunately google maps does not allow plotting the route for the Clipper from Seattle to Victoria. But if you open that map I linked with blue printing in post #2 and draw a straight line between Port Townsend and Victoria, that approximates the route for the Clipper. The Clipper sails in open water.

IMO, the Anacortes ferry would be more scenic as it actually does sail through the San Juan Islands. It has outside decks. The Clipper is a catamaran which is, as far as I know, completely enclosed so you look out the window.

Here's a picture of the Victoria Clipper: tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g60878-d56310…

Here's a picture of the Anacortes WA State Ferry: yelp.com/biz_photos/…

Edited: 3:06 pm, June 24, 2013
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12. Re: Seattle to Victoria & Back in a Day???

Actually, if you open this map link:

http://goo.gl/maps/fDLbm

you can see the blue dotted Clipper line in the water cutting away to the south east from the dotted lines for the Coho Ferry's Port Angeles route. If you drag the map around, you will see that the Clipper doesn't go anywhere near the San Juans.

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14. Re: Seattle to Victoria & Back in a Day???

Thanks, MuftiMixandmatch - you've been a great help! Anacortes it is! :)

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15. Re: Seattle to Victoria & Back in a Day???

The route from Anacortes to Sidney is more scenic because you wind your way through the San Jaun Islands. The Clipper takes a more open water route. TheCclipper is fast, but it is not always easy to see unless you are on the top deck because lower deck windows are often wet from splash. They are two entirely different experiences. Both are great, but if your goal is to spend some time in Victoria (which is on Vancouver Island) and you don't need a car, the clipper delivers you directly downtown in a flash.

The Sidney - Anacortes route involves driving from Seattle to Anacortes, lining up early with your car (you can make a reservation) and then driving south on Vancouver Island to reach Victoria. Then you do the whole thing in reverse. It is way simpler to leave the car behind.

You should not miss Victoria and should see Butchart Gardens. Great zip lining at Sooke. If you take the clipper over in the morning, stay overnight and return to Seattle the following afternoon you will have plenty of time. The clipper staff can arrange tickets and transportation to the various attractions including high tea at the Empress Hotel if you wish.

You can easily find nice accommodations right on the inner harbour for $130 to $160 night.

Hope this helps.

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16. Re: Seattle to Victoria & Back in a Day???

Puget Sound is huge. Yes, you will pass by Bainbridge island, port Townsend etc. but you don't see things close up. Ferries can be fun but it's the on the ground sights to take in. On the way to Anacortes, go to the spit, agate beach, and cross over the via the black ball ferry to Vancouver Island. Visit Sooke. Kayak the sound. You will see eagles, seals, star fish, so very much more. In Victoria have tea at the Empress even if you don't stay there. And the gardens are a must see.

Edited: 10:02 pm, July 01, 2013
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17. Re: Seattle to Victoria & Back in a Day???

If you're going to be on the Olympic Peninsula, you should take the Coho over from Port Angeles to Victoria. It's only 1.5 hours to get there, and they also offer transportation to Butchart Gardens, Hop-On tours, etc. on their site and on the ship. CohoFerry.com.

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