If you want to use the Washington state ferry, you have to drive an hour drive north of Seattle to the town of Anacortes and take the ferry to the town of Sidney on Vancouver Island, which is a half hour drive north of Victoria.
There's also the Coho ferry, which goes from Port Angeles to Victoria. The only problem is that Port Angeles is several hours west of Seattle and the Coho has the least frequent schedule.
Then there's the BC Ferries which has hourly ferry service in the summer, but that only makes sense if you're in Vancouver, not Seattle.
Are you travelling without a car?
If so, another option is to travel by float plane. Its more expensive, but balanced against time travelling by ferries it could be worth it.
Yes, I will be travelling without a car, and don't drive unfortunately. But I may have a travel companion, who does drive, so renting a car may possibly be an option. But from what everyone is saying, it does seem like the Clipper is really the easiest option to get to Victoria directly from Seattle to be honest. I did intend to go to Vancouver as well, but don't have enough time now. I booked a hotel through Priceline in Seattle, and am now locked into staying there for a set amount of time (3 1/2 days in Seattle, 3 1/2 days in Victoria). It would just take too long to go via Vancouver first, though I'd love to see the city one of these days! :-) Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions!
I've taken the Clipper a number of times and have never had any issues with it--what is the nature of your concern?
Taking a floatplane (Kenmore Air) is another option.
Splitting your time between just two cities, especially Seattle and Victoria sounds great to me. I have also taken the Victoria Clipper numerous times to Victoria and have found it to be a very enjoyable trip. Lots of wonderful scenery. You don't need a car in Victoria, especially if you stay near the Inner Harbor. It is a very walkable city. Have fun.
I too am wondering what your concern is with the Clipper.
We are taking it Aug25th from Victoria to Seattle and I've heard nothing but positive reviews. Even with my concerns of sea sickness, everyones assured me enough of what precautions to take to the point where I'm excited about riding the Clipper. I think it'll be a great start to our Seattle portion of the trip
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