What a great forum this is! After reading lots of posts, I think this is a good itinerary for our August vacation, but I'd love some feedback. We are a moderately active family, love scenery, fresh air, outdoors, with sons age 21 and 19.
I'm thinking fly to Seattle, explore it for a full day (we can return fairly easily with air miles another time). Day 3 Clipper to San Juan Island, overnight at Friday Harbor, return to Seattle next afternoon.
Day 5 take Amtrak to Vancouver, explore a little , then next day drive up to Whistler and stay one night. Then return to Vancouver, next day train back to Seattle, next day fly home for a total of 9 days which is about all we can swing as two self-employed people.
I think this sounds like a decent, fairly varied exploration of the area. Any thoughts?