Washington State Ferries
With the largest ferry fleet in the United States, the Washington State Ferry system operates 22 boats. Lining up to drive a vehicle onto the deck of the vessel is just the beginning of a truly... Read More
With the largest ferry fleet in the United States, the Washington State Ferry system operates 22 boats. Lining up to drive a vehicle onto the deck of the vessel is just the beginning of a truly Northwest experience. Onboard, get out of the car and enjoy educational and interpretive signage around the ship. Grab a latte or hot chocolate to warm your hands, and step out into the brisk salt air on the open passenger deck to take in the passing bay, mountain and island views. Just two possible itineraries for a day trip to explore Puget Sound from the main Seattle terminal include the Seattle-Bainbridge Island run or the route for Fauntleroy-Vashon Island-Edmonds. The fleet's biggest boats travel between Seattle and Bainbridge; the island offers a combination of rural charm and sophisticated amenities. In the summer months, heading to the San Juans are a must. Fares vary seasonally by route.
- Best Attractions & Activities: "With such a water-focused culture, there is no better way to sightsee in Puget Sound than boarding a ferry. Riding your bike with Washington State Ferries (WSF) means you get priority loading and unloading on most sailings. Take a day trip to Bainbridge or an overnight to Vashon, where gems like Gravy restaurant and the cozy, boho-chic Lodges on Vashon await."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The Washington State Ferry system operates 23 boats, shuttling passengers across Washington's beautiful waterways to a variety of stunning destinations.