Best Day Trips from Seattle

Victoria BC on a day trip from Seattle
Victoria, BC Day Trip

The best day trips from Seattle take visitors to a diverse mix of places in both Washington state in the USA and British Columbia in Canada.

One great trip from Seattle is to Victoria, BC. Ferries from Seattle to Victoria run daily all through the year. The beautiful 2 to 3 hour ferry ride is worth the trip in itself, and the city of Victoria is great for a day of shopping, sightseeing, and exploring.

Another great day trip from Seattle is to go wine tasting in Washington state. Day and overnight tours are available to wine growing regions like Woodinville, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Chelan, Yakima Valley, Tri-Cities, Red Mountain, and Walla Walla wineries. Organized trips are available through tour companies, or you can do your own self-drive wine tour.

For those that like adventure travel, look no further than the famous Mount Rainier. The mountain offers hiking, camping, skiing, great photography opportunities, and more. Easily reachable from Seattle by car, it makes for a great excursion.

A fourth great day trip from Seattle is to San Juan Island. Located to the north of the city, the island’s main town of Friday Harbor is served by seasonal ferries from Seattle. Many day trip options include whale watching excursions and other activities.

Ferries from Seattle to San Juan Island

Ferry from Seattle to San Juan Island
The San Juan Islands

Ferries from Seattle to San Juan Island are a great way to get from Washington’s most famous city to the naturally beautiful island off the coast of the state.

Clipper Vacations runs a passenger ferry from Seattle to Friday Harbor, which is located on San Juan Island. There is a daily ferry from Seattle to Friday Harbor from mid-May until early September.

From early September until late September, there is a ferry on Saturday and Sunday only. There are no ferries from Seattle to San Juan Island between late September and mid-May.

Ferries that travel on this route depart from Pier 69, which is located at 2701 Alaskan Way in Seattle. They travel through the beautiful Deception Pass and dock at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

Ferry journeys take three and a half hours to get to the island and 2 hours and 45 minutes to get back. Times can vary depending on the weather.

Most ferry trips include an optional two and and a half hour whale watching excursion that starts 15 minutes after the ferry arrives in Friday Harbor and ends two and a half hours before departure for Seattle.

Ferries to San Juan Island offer various on-board services including food for purchase. The views are spectacular, so make sure to look out the windows while you are traveling.

Tickets for ferries from Seattle to San Juan Island cost from $80 round trip and $42.50 one way. There are good online discounts if you buy ferry tickets at least a day ahead. These include a deal where a child can travel free with a paying adult.