Best modes of transportation?

Old Aug 7th, 2002, 12:33 PM
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Best modes of transportation?

Traveling from Seattle to Victoria, Victoria to Vancouver, and back to Seattle from Vancouver. Any suggestions on the best way to get to these destinations?
Old Aug 7th, 2002, 12:38 PM
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Seattle to Victoria via Victoria Clipper. Victoria to Vancouver via Pacific Coach Lines. Vancouver to Seattle - Amtrak or Bus. A rental car could be handy in Vancouver but not really necessary especially if you don't like driving in strange cities
Old Aug 7th, 2002, 06:08 PM
Brian Kilgore
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You can stop whenever you want, and enjoy the scenery and attractions all along the route. Take pictures, visit restaurants, wade in the ocean...

I used to work in Vancouver, Bellingham and Seattle, and drove among these cities and Victoria on many weekends.

Old Aug 7th, 2002, 07:20 PM
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The Clipper is pricey, but a fast and efficient way to get from Seattle to Victoria. If you drive (i.e., rent a car), I'd consider going north from Seattle to Anacortes and taking a Washington State Ferry from there to Sidney ('bout 30-40 minutes north of Victoria, and VERY close to Buchart Gardens if you want to spend some time there before venturing into the city). It costs about $45 US for the car and driver, you can make a reservation to ensure a spot on the boat, and the route takes you through beautiful scenery on a three-hour trip through the San Juan Islands. If you drive to Port Angeles (the other "jumping-off point" to Vic for travelers with cars), it'll take you a Washington State Ferry ride to either Kingston or Bainbridge and a 1-1/2 hr drive. Somewhat scenic, but not nearly as nice as the San Juans -- and the car ferry from Port Angeles gets VERY busy in the summer, and DOESN'T take reservations. All that said, you can afford the Clipper if you don't rent a car ... the Coach Lines are GREAT with frequent departures ... and Vancouver-Seattle train service is fast and scenic (it travels most of its route along the shores of Puget Sound). 'Nuff said.
Old Aug 7th, 2002, 09:16 PM
Gayle Rubinstein
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We just did this trip over 15 days, with the inclusion of Whistler. We did it the third week in June, well before the heavy part of the season. Ferry system with or without a car is great, however, Getting through the border to go back into the US from Vancouver took forever, although it was a
Old Aug 7th, 2002, 09:18 PM
Gayle Rubinstein
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We just did this trip over 15 days with the inclusion of Whistler. We did it in the beginning of June. We drove and it was great, but it was still very early in the season. Also, getting through the border from canada into the US took forever.
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