Seattle-Victoria-Vancouver Itinerary

Old Apr 27th, 2010, 09:52 PM
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Seattle-Victoria-Vancouver Itinerary

We are planning a Seattle - Victoria - Vancouver and are trying to figure out an itinerary. So here goes:

June 30: Fly Oakland to Seattle (2hr); Drive to Port Angeles (3hr) then ferry to VIctoria. Overnight in Victoria
July 1: See Victoria - overnight in Victoria
July 2-3-4: Victoria to Vancouver; see Vancouver
July 5-6-7: Back to Seattle via ferry/Port Angeles; See Seattle then fly home on the 7th.

Is it crazy to take the ferry w/ car both ways? Is it to much to fly into Seattle and take the ferry the same day? Not enough time in Vancouver (2.5 days)? Looks a little rushed.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 10:30 PM
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Why wouldn't you just drive from Vancouver to Seattle? It's a 3 hour drive (with the potential of being a little longer as there may be a longish wait at the border the day after the holiday), as opposed to a 7 hour minimum trip via Victoria and Port Angeles.

It's not too much to fly into Seattle and take the ferry from Port Angeles the same day, so long as you take a morning flight and make a ferry reservation on the Coho. Be sure to arrive the recommended amount of time before the sailing to clear customs, etc even with a reservation.

2.5 days in Vancouver is a little rushed but you'll have time to see the city's highlights at least.
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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 10:36 PM
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Good point. Would you recommend reversing it and driving from Seattle to Vancouver, then Vancouver to Victoria, then Victoria to Seattle via ferry?

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As a general rule, yes, since there's almost always less of a wait going into Canada than coming back from Canada into the US. But I'm not sure how much of an impact Canada Day on July 1 will have on border traffic. My decision might depend on what time you fly in on the 30th.
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