Hello, and thanks in advance to any who can advise. We will be in Washington Tuesday, Sept. 4 thru Sat., Sept 8. We are driving from Oregon, up I-5 to Anacortes on Tuesday(the day after Labor Day.) We are thinking of making Anacortes our home base for three nights so we can take the ferry to San Juan Island one day and go whale watching one day. On Friday, Sept. 7, we will drive back down to Seattle to stay at the Mayflower Park Hotel. We are flying out of Seatac late Saturday afternoon, Sept 8. Now, the questions please...What time should we reach Seattle area Tuesday afternoon to drive through and beat the afternoon rush hour traffic? What is the BEST place to stay in Anacortes? As far as visiting the island, we plan to take our rental car on the ferry so we can explore. It being after Labor Day, can we expect a shorter wait time to get on the ferry? We want to enjoy the island all day, so we will do an all day whale watching trip the following day out of Anacortes area. Which whale watching company is better? Lastly, for our afternoon and last night in Seattle, we know we want to visit the space needle, but what else would you advise? Any recommendations are sincerely appreciated, and thanks again for taking the time to read my post!