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Victoria to Seattle: Three Day Itinerary

See Victoria, Port Angeles and Seattle all in one trip! Tour through the best of each region, including  the Royal BC Museum and The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, and the Space Needle in Seattle... Set sail on a three day adventure itinerary full of iconic spots, local eats, and a wide range of exploration!

panorama of Victoria's Inner Harbour

Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria, BC

Day One - Overnight in Victoria, BC

9:00am Depart Vancouver on BC Ferries from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.
10:35am Arrive at Swartz Bay ferry terminal in Victoria, depart for The Butchart Gardens. Admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line here
11:00am Arrive at The Butchart Gardens.
1:00pm Depart The Butchart Gardens.
1:45pm Explore downtown Victoria at your leisure and check into your hotel accommodation.

Book an exclusive Victoria hotel + ferry package through Black Ball Ferry Line. Save BIG on some of the region's top hotels and receive FREE hotel parking! We'll also waive your ferry reservation fee.

BOOK A VICTORIA HOTEL PACKAGE

whale watching in Victoria, BC

Whale watching in Victoria, BC

Here are our recommendations on how to make the most of your time in downtown Victoria:

1) Eat like a local in downtown Victoria

Lunch Recommendations
- Red Fish, Blue Fish — Some of the city's best fish and chips!
- 10 Acres Commons — Patio views of bustling Government Street & Inner Harbour.
- Pink Bicycle — Wide selection of homemade burgers & yummy mac n' cheese bites.
- Tacofino — Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!
- Pizzeria Prima Strada — Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza... Absolutely delicious.
- Garrick's Head Pub — A favorite pub among the locals!

Dinner Recommendations
- Il Covo — An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.
- Heron Rock Bistro — French cuisine made with local ingredients.
- Nobu Japanese Tapas — Share plates with an Asian flair.
- Tapa Bar — Spanish-inspired tapas.
- Be Love — Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.
- 10 Acres Bistro — A farm-table experience.

Having a hard time deciding where to go? Book a food tour with Off The Eaten Track Food Tours, and experience a bit of everything! Tour through iconic neighborhoods and taste authentically local food along the way. Admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line here

2) See Victoria on Gray Line's Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour
Experience Victoria like no other aboard one of our authentic British Double Decker buses! The Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour is designed to allow you the flexibility to explore the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Your ticket allows you access to unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off privileges for either 1 or 2 days depending on which pass you choose to purchase. Admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line here.

3) Explore the Royal BC Museum
See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Experience authentic artifacts and highly realistic settings -- from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to a tar-scented trip on the HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street and enjoy its shops, cinema, and railway station. Admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line here.

4) Embark on a Whale Watching Adventure
Explore the Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of the majestic wildlife that floods the local waters in Victoria in the summer months. Take advantage of the opportunity to view several different species of whales in the wild as well as an assortment of seabirds and other species of marine wildlife from downtown Victoria. Admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line here

5) Explore the streets and shops in downtown Victoria 
Take a stroll down one of Victoria's main streets — Government Street. Here you'll find a variety of restaurants (Bard & Banker, Irish Times, and Garrick's Head, to name a few), and iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and many other souvenir shops. Be sure to check out Low Jo too (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Little Gold (jewelry), and Baggins Shoes (the world's widest selection of Converse and other shoes). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops and restaurants to explore. 

EXPLORE OTHER VICTORIA ATTRACTIONS

Olympic National Park sign

Olympic National Park sign

Day Two - Overnight in Port Angeles, WA

9:00am Arrive at Black Ball Ferry Line in Victoria for US Immigration.
(If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 90 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)
10:30am Ferry departs for Port Angeles. 
12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, and go through US Customs.

Things to do in Port Angeles:

1) Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park (full-day guided or self-guided tour, about 7-8 hours, includes drive-time)
Looking for a unique outdoor experience? Spend the morning hiking in the largest temperate rain forest in the contiguous USA, followed by an afternoon of exploration on a stunning portion of the 73 mile Olympic Wilderness Coast. The diversity of Olympic at its best! Book a guided tour through Black Ball Ferry Line here (only available on select days).

2) A scenic flightseeing tour with Rite Bros Aviation and guided Port Angeles Underground and Heritage Tour (half-day guided tour, about 4 hours)
From the comfort of a small plane, you'll be treated to an exclusive look at the sites and wonders of the Olympic Peninsula. Book a flight sightseeing tour through Black Ball Ferry Line here. then enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the city’s downtown area. Your expert tour guide will captivate your group with tales of the city spanning more than 100 years, and glimpses into what remains of a long-ago era. Book the Underground Tour through Black Ball Ferry Line here

3) Explore everything Twilight (half-day self-guided tour, about 4-5 hours)
Visit iconic Twilight destinations throughout the Olympic Peninsula. Check out the Forks Visitor Information Center (with Bella's red truck), stroll along First Beach in La Push, and stop for lunch/dinner at Bella Italia. Visit the Olympic Peninsula's website for a full guide on everything Twilight!

4) Shopping and dinner in downtown Port Angeles
Pick up a souvenir, or special something to commemorate your trip! Downtown Port Angeles is filled with local antique stores, clothing, quaint bookstores, and other small shops.

Then, enjoy a local bite. There are so many great restaurants in Port Angeles to choose from... For something a little more casual, Next Door Gastropub and BarHop Brewing are local favorites. Or, treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at Kokopelli Grill or Bella Italia

road to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Road to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Day Three - Continue to Seattle or return to Victoria

7:15am Enjoy breakfast in Port Angeles. We recommend First Street Haven or New Day Eatery, for a sit-down breakfast, or the Great Northern Coffee Bar, if you are looking for a light snack and coffee to-go. 
8:00am Depart for Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls, or depart for Hurricane Ridge... OR, if you have some extra time and aren't ready to leave the Olympic Peninsula, do both! We recommend allocating at least three hours for each activity (which includes drive-time and time for exploring).

OPTION 1 - Depart for Victoria, BC
11:00am Leave Hurricane Ridge or Lake Crescent.
11:45am Arrive at the Port Angeles ferry terminal.
12:45pm Ferry departs for Victoria at 12:45pm.
(If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 30 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)
2:15pm Arrive in downtown Victoria and go through Canada Customs.

OPTION 2 - Continue to Seattle, WA
Seattle is about a 2.5-hour drive from Port Angeles. If you'd like to stop for a stretch (or two), there are many great places along the way.

B&B Lavender Farm in Sequim, WA

B&B Lavender Farm in Sequim, WA

Optional stops on the way to Seattle

Other stops in Olympic National Park
Cape Flattery
Ruby Beach
Sol Duc Falls
Elwha River
Mount Storm King
Spruce Railroad Trail
Shi Shi Beach

Sequim, WA About 30 minutes from Port Angeles
Olympic Game Farm
Lavender Farms (ex. Purple Haze Lavender or B&B Lavender Farm)
Dungeness Spit
7 Cedars Casino
Sequim River Bridge
Dungeness River Audubon Center

Port Townsend, WA About 1 hour from Port Angeles
Fort Worden Historic State Park
Puget Sound Express Whale Watching
Historic walking tours
Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Port Gamble, WA About 1 hour from Port Angeles
Port Gamble Historic District

Tacoma, WA About 2 hours from Port Angeles
America's Car Museum
Museum of Glass
Point Defiance Park

Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, WA

Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, WA

Iconic Things To Do in Seattle

Pike Place Market: Be sure to check out the original Starbucks.
The Gum Wall: A stop at Pike Place isn't complete without leaving your chewing gum with everyone else's!
Space Needle: The best views in the city.
Chihuly Garden and Glass: Extravagant displays of Dale Chihuly's art pieces.
Museum of Pop Culture: Dozens of exhibits on everything (and more) you never knew about contemporary pop culture.
The Museum of Flight: One of the largest collections of airplanes and space vehicles in the USA.
Discovery Park: Need some fresh air? Take a stroll through this 534-area park.
The Seattle Great Wheel: A 175 foot iconic Ferris wheel located at Pier 57 in downtown Seattle... You can't miss it!

 

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