Washington State Ferries, Seattle

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For a genuine Seattle experience, take a trip on Washington State Ferries, the largest passenger and automobile ferry service in the United States. Carrying nearly 11 million passengers per year, the ferry fleet includes vessels large enough to transport up to 2,500 people and over 200 cars in a single trip. The ferries provide a quick and easy way to travel between the islands and communities surrounding the city. You can take a short ride to touristy Bainbridge Island, noted for its restaurants, shops, and art galleries. To explore the four scenic islands forming the San Juan Archipelago, board a ferry at the main terminal in Anacortes. Check online for prices and departure times, and expect at least a one-hour wait to board. Make Washington State Ferries a part of your Seattle vacation plans using our Seattle road trip planner.
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  • The roundtrip to Bainbridge Island is at 8 USD and it is the perfect 2-hrs point on the visit list. You get abfantastic view on the Skyline twice on the 35 mins ride.  more »
  • Such a change from the busy city life...gliding over the water, even in the worst weather. There’s food, wine and food to help you enjoy the trip. Reasonably priced...one of those things you need to e...  more »
  • We took The trip over to Bainbridge Island. It wasn’t a great day for the weather- but it is Seattle ( rainy day). The views were great though. It was a pretty cheap way to see the city from the water...  more »

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