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Things To Do in Victoria, BC this Valentine's Month (2022)

Looking for a Valentine's getaway this year? Look no further than one of the most romantic cities in Canada! From outdoor activities to delightful cocktails and mouth-watering food, we have all the best activities and places for you to visit during your romantic getaway to Victoria this February.  PLUS, save on Valentine's packages to Victoria from $111 USD pp/do. Packages include ferry, a hotel stay in Victoria and a Valentine's treat in the room. BOOK NOW   Winter Tea at the Pendray Tea House. Credit: Pendray Tea House. 1. Afternoon Tea at the Pendray Tea House Afternoon Tea at the Pendray Tea House is the perfect way to start your romantic holiday. With its distinct Victorian style and architecture, the Pendray Tea House is a perfect showcase of Victoria’s unique infrastructure. Enjoy delicious pastries and sandwiches, alongside Pendray's famous TWG Tea. The Pendray Tea House also offers a Vegan Tea and seafood-based West Coast Tea for those interested in a different spin on traditional tea. BUY AFTERNOON TEA TICKETS   Seaside mineral pools at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 2. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day Why not pamper yourself during your trip to Victoria? Below are some fantastic options for self-care: Boathouse Spa: Book a massage at the renowned Boat House Spa located in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, one of Victoria’s premier spa destinations. You can combine any treatment at the spa with access to their beachside outdoor jacuzzi.Spa Magnolia: Located in the heart of downtown, the Spa Magnolia is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle that surrounds it. Try one of their spa packages combining massage, a pedicure, and facial treatment for an all-in-one experience.   Horse-drawn carriage tour through Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Victoria Carriage Tours. 3. Embark on a Romantic Victoria Carriage Tour What's more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage tour through the streets of Victoria with your loved one? Bundle up and get cozy on this magical city tour. Be swept off your feet while enjoying the fresh air and stunning views that downtown Victoria has to offer. BUY CARRIAGE TOUR TICKETS   Cocktail from the Courtney Room. Credit: Leila Kwok, Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Sip on Cocktails at a Local Cocktail Lounge Victoria has a fantastic cocktail scene... We recommend stopping at one (or more) of the following: Clive’s: What's more fun than trying world-acclaimed cocktails from the longest standing cocktail bar in Victoria? Located in the remarkable Chateau Victoria Hotel, Clive’s dynamic menu of food and cocktails keeps locals coming back for more. Try of one of the best hotel bars in the country!Cenote Restaurant and Lounge: Known for its incredible ambiance and elevated cocktail menu, Cenote is sure to enhance your evening. Enjoy grazing on delicious flatbreads while trying to figure out what to order next from their enticing cocktail menu.Clark and Co: A comfortable atmosphere and delicious cocktails. If you’re looking for a casual night out with drinks and locally sourced food, Clark and Co is certainly going to peak your interest.The Courtney Room: Serving exceptional craft cocktails alongside modern Pacific Northwest cuisine in a fine dining setting.    Winter light in the sunken gardens at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 5. Walk Hand-in-Hand through The Butchart Gardens One of the most iconic locations in all of Greater Victoria is The Butchart Gardens. Designated as a National Historic of Canada, The Butchart Gardens showcases hundreds of plant varieties on its 55-acre property. During the winter months, The Blue Poppy Restaurant is transformed into a beautiful spring display complete with shrubs, trees and bulbs. Plus, indulge in their decadent afternoon tea! BUY BUTCHART GARDENS TICKETS   Goldstream Provincial Park. 6. Go on an Outdoor Adventure through Goldstream Park For a true Pacific Northwest experience, adventure out to Goldstream Provincial Park. You'll come across 600-year-old Douglas fir trees, waterfalls, and rivers as you wander through various trails this park has to offer. For those brave enough to endure the winter conditions at night, you can also book a campsite on a first-come, first-served basis.   Dinner at Brasserie L'Ecole. Credit: Brasserie L'Ecole. 7. Enjoy a Romantic Dinner Victoria has an abundance of inviting dinner options - A perfect end to your day. Below is a list of some of our favorite romantic dinner venues: Brasserie L’Ecole: Exceptional French cuisine made with seasonal, locally available products paired with French wines in a cozy atmosphere. First-come, first-serve seating. Put your name in and grab a drink nearby while you wait for your table.Il Terrazzo: An intimate setting featuring a Northern Italian-inspired menu with a fantastic wine list. We highly recommend making a reservation in advance. Heron Rock Bistro: A Canadian bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. With daily brunch and dinner features, there is always something new to try! Plus, enjoy daily happy hour from 3pm-5pm and 8pm-close, and live music on Monday evenings.   Tasting room at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse. 8. Check out Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse This certified organic, ten-acre farm showcases its charming orchards with a majestic backdrop that includes James Island and the Haro Strait. Relax and enjoy cider flights along with other tasty treats that are sure to charm your pallet. Be sure to wander through their entire property, and purchase a case of your favorite cider on your way out! For more information, visit Sea Cider's website.    Oak Bay Marina. 9. Experience Willows Beach & the Oak Bay Marina Explore some of Victoria’s beautiful outdoor scenery a little outside of downtown Victoria with a visit to Willows Beach and the Oak Bay Marina. Willows is a short walk from Oak Bay’s commercial district, which is filled with local boutique shops and restaurants, and Oak Bay Marina. The Marina is filled with hundreds of boats from neighboring waters. Keep your eyes open for seals that frequently hang out by the dock!   Entrance to the Royal BC Museum and IMAX. Credit: Royal BC Museum, Destination Greater Victoria. 10. Visit the Royal BC Museum's New Exhibit For a limited time, Royal BC Museum is showcasing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 Exhibit, which showcases photojournalism from around the world based on the natural world and the organisms that inhabit it. This exhibit encourages advocating for the planet and its well-being, while highlighting unique stories throughout the world. The exhibit runs until April 16, 2023. Visit Royal BC Museum's website for more information.    Entrance of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 11. Roam through the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a perfect addition to your romantic holiday getaway. Enjoy diverse art exhibits that showcase Canadian artists such as the renowned Emily Carr. The Art Gallery is home to over 20,000 works of art, making it the biggest public art collection in BC. Plus, you can purchase various handcrafted art from local artisans.

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How to Spend Your Christmas Getaway in Victoria, BC

Looking for some festive ways to spend your weekend in Victoria, BC? We've got you covered from festive events and activities to local hot spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take the MV COHO over from Port Angeles, WA (about a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle) and arrive in the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria. During this time of year, we have an 8:20am sailing or a 2:00pm sailing from Port Angeles. Save BIG when you book your Christmas Magic holiday through us. Packages are from $152 USD pp/do and include your ferry, a hotel stay in Victoria, and The Butchart Gardens admission with round trip shuttle transportation from downtown Victoria.  BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PACKAGE NOW   Christmas Magic in the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria. Day One - Arrive in Victoria for an Overnight Stay 8:20am Depart from Port Angeles. We recommend taking the 8:20am sailing to maximize your time in Victoria!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. 9:50am Arrive in Victoria, go through Canada Customs, and check into your Victoria hotel. If you are unable to check-in early, the hotel can store your bags complimentary until your room is ready. The Butchart Gardens Christmas lights are in the evening, so we recommend experiencing some festive activities in downtown during the day. 12:00pm Go for lunch in downtown Victoria. Victoria has many local restaurants to choose from... All within walking distance of our terminal and hotel partners! We recommend one of the following:- Tacofino (760 Pandora Avenue): A popular spot for creative tacos & burritos.- Burger Crush (787 Fort Street): Burgers, shakes & hand-cut fries with vegan options.- Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken (512 Wharf Street): Fried chicken, soups & other traditional Korean dishes in a casual atmosphere.- 10 Acres Bistro (611 Courtney Street): Farm-to-fork meals paired with delicious cocktails in a romantic setting. - Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya (1005 Langley Street): Japanese small plates with an extensive sushi menu. Christmas in Victoria's Chinatown. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria, Brandon McGeachie. 1:00pm Do some local Christmas shopping. Government Street is home to a variety of iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and Merchant Quarters General Store (clothing, shoes and home). Be sure to check out Low Jo (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing).  Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre. 3:00pm Continue your shopping journey at the Bay Centre, and check out the Festival of Trees at the same time! Wander through all levels of the mall and vote by donation for your favorite. All proceeds go to BC Children’s Hospital. The Festival of Trees is on for the entire month of December. 4:00pm Enjoy an early dinner before heading to Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens. We recommend one of the following: - Il Terrazzo (555 Johnson Street): An intimate Italian spot with brick fireplaces, patio seating and an extensive wine list.- Nobu Kitchen + Bar (490 Pandora Avenue): A fusion of Japanese favorites and Canadian dishes. - Bodega (1210 Broad Street): Intimate setting featuring Spanish tapas, wine and cocktails.- Fishhook (805 Fort Street): Local seafood with Indonesian and French flair. Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 6:00pm Depart from the Fairmont Empress Hotel to The Butchart Gardens. Make sure to check in at the kiosk with the red umbrella outside of the Fairmont about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.  Please Note: The shuttle departs from the Fairmont Empress Hotel at 6:00pm daily and 4:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you reserve the 4:00pm shuttle, you must return on the 7:00pm shuttle from The Butchart Gardens. If you reserve the 6:00pm shuttle, you must return on the 9:00pm shuttle.  6:35pm/6:40pm Arrive at The Butchart Gardens. Grab a warm beverage from their Coffee Shop, and walk through the Twelve Days of Christmas display. You will have just over two hours to leisurely explore The Butchart Gardens. 9:00pm Depart The Butchart Gardens back to downtown Victoria.  9:35pm/9:40pm Arrive at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. If you are interested in exploring the nightlife of downtown Victoria, there are some great local pubs and cocktail lounges. We recommend one (or more!) of the following:- Cenote Restaurant and Lounge (768 Yates Street): Inventive cocktails and casual eats, such as nachos, burgers and sausages.- Whistle Buoy Brewing Company (Market Square, Lower Courtyard, 560 Johnson Street): One of Victoria's newest micro-breweries located in Market Square featuring a large dog friendly patio and a cozy taproom.- Garrick's Head Pub (1140 Government Street): Serving pub food with many local beers on top.- Bard and Banker (1022 Government Street): Scottish-style pub with whiskey, beer and live music. Brunch at Heron Rock Bistro. Day Two - Explore Downtown Victoria Before Going Back to Port Angeles 9:00am Eat breakfast at one of Victoria's top brunch spots. We recommend one of the following:- Heron Rock Bistro (435 Simcoe Street): A Canadian bistro with occasional live music, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.- Jam Cafe (542 Herald Street): All-day breakfast, including eggs Benedict and pancakes.- The Ruby on Johnson (642A Johnson Street): A funky spot for creative brunch eats.- Nourish Kitchen & Cafe (225 Quebec Street): Farm-fresh mains and snacks in a Victorian house. Want something a little lighter? Try one of these coffee shops/bakeries instead:- Discovery Coffee (281 Menzies Street): Locally owned coffee shop with craft doughnuts.- Crust Bakery (730 Fort Street): A local hot spot offering an array of baked goods, pastries and coffee.- Fol Epi (732 Yates Street): Artisanal pastries, breads and treats. 11:00am Marvel at the handmade gingerbread creations (that are 100% edible!) and vote by donation for your favorite at the annual Gingerbread Showcase happening November 26 through January 3. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. Visit their website for more information. Christmas at the Pendray Tea House. 12:00pm Experience winter tea at the Pendray Tea House this holiday season, located across the street from our Victoria terminal. Choose from a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted breads, sweets and pastries. BUY WINTER TEA TICKETS 2:00pm Enjoy a cozy horse-drawn carriage tour with Victoria Carrige Tours. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas.  Horse-Drawn Carriage ToursBeacon Hill Park Tour (60 minute tour): Delight in escaping the city by traveling to the crown jewel of Victoria, Beacon Hill Park. Catch a glimpse of local wildlife while enjoying the serenity Beacon Hill Park has to offer. Travel along the coastline of Dallas Road where the Salish Sea meets the Olympic Mountains. Return through the Victorian historical district of James Bay where you will feel as though time has stood still.The Royal Tour (75 minute tour): Experience the melodic hoof beats as your eyes indulge in the natural ecosystem of Beacon Hill Park. The beautiful landscape will capture your imagination as you are told stories of then and now. Featuring an extended experience overlooking the Salish Sea and Olympic Mountains portraying the true beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Engage in local tales of the historical James Bay neighborhood. BUY CARRIAGE TOUR TICKETS 4:00pm Depart from Victoria. 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. 5:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles and go through US Customs.

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Top Things To Do This Christmas Season in Victoria, BC

Victoria has everything you need for the perfect holiday getaway; whether it's visiting The Butchart Gardens’ Christmas lights display, doing some last-minute shopping, indulging in a traditional winter tea, or attending a festive event. Read our insider’s scoop on top activities and events to do while visiting Victoria this Christmas season. PLUS, save on Butchart Gardens Christmas Magic packages to Victoria from $152 USD pp/do. Packages include ferry, a hotel stay in Victoria and admission to The Butchart Gardens with shuttle. BOOK NOW Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 1. Christmas Magic at The Butchart Gardens Every Christmas, The Gardens are decorated with over one million twinkling lights in splendid displays throughout the 55-acre property. Grab a warm beverage from their Coffee Shop, and walk through the Twelve Days of Christmas display. Keep your eyes alert, you will not want to miss all the secrets The Gardens has to offer! Please Note: The Butchart Gardens is located about 35 minutes from downtown Victoria. If you are traveling as a walk-on passenger, you can use one of the following modes of transportation to get to The Butchart Gardens:1. The Butchart Gardens round-trip shuttle transportation: Hop on a motor coach bus in downtown Victoria, and enjoy a 35-minute narrated ride to The Gardens. The shuttle departs from the Fairmont Empress Hotel at 6:00pm daily, and 4:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 2. BC Transit: Although a bit longer of a route (with many pick up and drop offs along the way), BC Transit is a cost effective public transportation option. Visit BC Transit for route options.3. Taxi: There are several taxi companies in Victoria that can pick you up directly in front of our Victoria ferry terminal. BUY CHRISTMAS MAGIC TICKETS Christmas lights on Government Street. 2. Go Christmas Shopping in Downtown Victoria Take a stroll down one of Victoria's main streets — Government Street. Here you'll find a variety of iconic shops, such as Rogers' Chocolates, Murchie's Tea & Coffee, and many other souvenir shops. Also be sure to check out Low Jo (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops to explore.  Winter Tea at the Pendray Tea House. Credit: Pendray Tea House. 3. Experience a Traditional Winter Tea 'Tis the season to experience an Afternoon Tea as light and delicate as Victoria's first snowfall. Treat yourself to a uniquely crafted menu complete with options inspired by the beautiful holiday festivities around downtown Victoria. Enjoy a classic winter tea experience in the Pendray Tea House at the Huntingdon Manor, located across the street from our Victoria terminal this holiday season. Choose from a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted breads, sweets and pastries. BUY WINTER TEA TICKETS A horse-drawn carriage tour passing The Parliament Buildings. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Enjoy an Intimate Tour of Victoria From a Horse-Drawn Carriage Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Horse-Drawn Carriage ToursBy The Park: Relax and enjoy the pace of elegance through the historical streets of James Bay on this 45-minute tour. Meet the outskirts of Beacon Hill Park, the city’s oldest and largest park, known for its vast ecosystem including Garry Oak meadows and fields of Camas Lilies. Be delighted by the endearing character of the homes throughout the historical neighborhood.Beacon Hill Park Tour: Delight in escaping the city by traveling to the crown jewel of Victoria, Beacon Hill Park on this 60-minute tour. Catch a glimpse of local wildlife while enjoying the serenity Beacon Hill Park has to offer. Travel along the coastline of Dallas Road where the Salish Sea meets the Olympic Mountains. Return through the Victorian historical district of James Bay where you will feel as though time has stood still. BUY CARRIAGE TOUR TICKETS Macarons from Bon Macaron. Credit: Off The Eaten Food Track Tours. 5. Eat, Drink and be Merry on a Self-Guided Food Tour Indulge in all the best holiday treats downtown Victoria has to offer from Off The Eaten Food Track’s self guided Christmas Tour. Enjoy stops at seven local businesses — each offering a unique holiday treat! Snacks include: nuts and bolts, decadent chocolates from Rogers' Chocolates, holiday-flavored macarons, and more! Visit Off the Eaten Food Track's website for more information.  Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria, One Lion Photography. 6. Festival of Trees Grab a festive drink, do some Christmas shopping, and enjoy the beautiful display of decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses and organizations to support BC Children’s Hospital. Be sure to vote by donation for your favorite! The Festival of Trees takes place in the Bay Centre from November 17, 2022 to January 3, 2023.  Santa Claus Parade in downtown Victoria. 7. Santa Claus Parade Join the parade that has been a staple for locals and visitors of Victoria for the past 40 years. Enjoy a spectacular display of lights and other entertainment as the parade works its way through Victoria’s downtown core. The parade takes place on November 26 at 5:00pm. Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle. Credit: Craigdarroch Castle. 8. Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle Experience the holiday season at Craigdarroch Castle and enjoy a self-guided tour with a unique Christmas twist! For the month of December, Craigdarroch Castle will be fully decorated and will host special evening music events featuring Celtic and holiday favorites.  Please Note: Craigdarroch Castle is currently open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. You can purchase regular admission only through Black Ball. If you'd like to book the evening events, please visit Craigdarroch Castle's website.  BUY CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE TICKETS Handmade beeswax candles made by Ginkgo Craft Studios, a vendor at The Dickens Fair. Credit: The Dickens Fair, Ginkgo Craft Studios. 9. 41st Annual Dickens Christmas Fair With over 60 vendors, the Dicken's Christmas Fair is a great place to get into the holiday spirt. This holiday market features local makers of fine art, jewelry, candles, clothing, delicious baked goods, and more! The event takes place at the James Bay Community Center (located about a 10-minute walk from our ferry terminal) on December 3 from 10:30am to 4:00pm. Visit the James Bay Market's website for more information.  Light of Wonder at Centennial Square. Credit: The Centennial Lights of Wonder. 10. Centennial Lights of Wonder It's back! Be amazed with the dazzling display of lights at Centennial Square in downtown Victoria happening December 15 - 31, 2022. Don't miss this magical holiday moment that the whole family will love. Visit the Lights of Wonder website for more details.  Handmade gingerbread creation. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria, One Lion Photography. 11. Admire Gingerbread Creations at the 14th Annual Gingerbread Showcase This annual Gingerbread Showcase takes place at the Parkside Hotel & Spa in downtown Victoria on November 26 through January 2, 2023. Marvel at the handmade gingerbread creations (that are 100% edible!) and vote by donation for your favorite. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. Visit their website for more information. Bastion Square, near the tour start point. 12. Hear the Tales of Christmases Past Enjoy the warm-hearted and sometimes humorous stories of how Christmas was celebrated in Victoria during the Victorian era — A First Nations legend, Christmas Day brawls at Fort Victoria, a touching Gold Rush tale, Christmas store decorations and an amusing memory from Emily Carr's childhood are featured. Please Note: This tour only runs on Saturdays. BOOK NOW The Nutcracker Production. 13. Watch The Nutcracker at the Royal Theatre Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Victoria Symphony present a classic Christmas tradition — The Nutcracker. Perfect for the entire family, this performance will take place on December 2, 3, and 4 with afternoon and evening shows. You can purchase your tickets on the Royal Theatre's website.  Oak Bay Beach Hotel exterior. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 14. Breakfast with Santa Enjoy a family-styled brunch at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel with house-made cookie decorating AND a visit from the man himself, Mr. Claus! Seatings are available every Saturday and Sunday up until the weekend before Christmas. Reserve your spot on the Oak Bay Beach Hotel's website. 

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Top Things To Do Victoria, BC This Fall (2022)

It’s not too late to enjoy the last bit of Victoria’s autumn weather and fall activities! Cozy up inside at one of Victoria's brunch places (eggs benedict are a must!), or immerse yourself in world-famous artwork at one of Victoria's several art galleries. We also recommend bundling up and enjoying the fall elements outside at The Butchart Gardens, or at one of Victoria's many hiking trails or beaches. PLUS, save on Victoria hotel + ferry deals from $99 USD pp/do... It's the best rate of the year!  Read below for our curated list of fantastic activities to do during fall in Victoria, BC.   Ghostly walk with Discover the Past Walking Tours. Credit: Discover the Past Walking Tours. 1. Take a Ghostly Walk or Haunted Tour Listen to chilling ghost stories in Canada's most haunted city. Experience spine-chilling spooks as you learn about the haunted history of Victoria. For those who are a little less ghost-inclined, there are also non-haunted history tours.  Buy Discover the Past Tickets Goldstream Park. 2. Watch the Salmon Run at Goldstream Park Watch the miracle of nature happening right before your eyes! Every year, salmon storm the Goldstream river to spawn, coming back to the place where many moons prior they had spawned themselves. The salmon run typically lasts from mid-October to early-December and is a great way to educate your kiddos on the importance of natural ecosystems! Visit Goldstream Park's website for more information. Fall at The Butchart Gardens. 3. Soak in the Fall Colors at The Butchart Gardens Fall is the perfect time to do a trip to The Butchart Gardens. Not only is it usually quieter, it's also the perfect time to soak in the fall colors... One of our favorite fall spots is the Japanese Gardens. While you are there, enjoy traditional winter tea in The Gardens Dining Room, or sweet treat and warm drink from the Coffee Shop. Buy The Butchart Gardens Tickets Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse Room. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 4. Taste the Season's Best Ciders Visit some of the island's best cideries and score yourself a taste of what this harvest season has to offer! You can do tastings at many cideries throughout Vancouver Island, including some of our favorites, Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, Junction Orchard and Cider, and Victoria Cider Co. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while sipping on a delicious beverage! Pumpkin patch. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 5. Get Spooked at Galey Farms From Pumpkin Fest to CarnEvil, Galey Farms has something for everyone in the family. Visit during the day and take a ride out to the pumpkin patch for family pumpkin picking! Or, arrive at night for the Festival of Fear which includes the corn maze of horror, crazy train and a haunted house! For the scare-seekers, we recommend CarnEvil, a 5,000 square foot haunted house! Immersive Van Gogh Experience. 6. Immerse Yourself in the Beyond Van Gogh Experience Enter the world of starry nights and become immersed in the workings of famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh. You will be in awe of all the lights and colors in this fully immersive experience of still and moving art. The experience is in Victoria for a limited time from October 14 to December 31. More details can be found on the Beyond Van Gogh Experience website. Winter at Mount Washington. 7. Go Skiing or Snowboarding at Mount Washington Located about a 3-hour drive from our Victoria ferry terminal is Mount Washington, the hot spot for all winter sports on the island. Whether you're looking to do some hiking out near Battleship Lake or ski/snowboard down the slopes, there's something for everyone here. You can rent the extra equipment needed at Mount Washington such as snowshoes, tubes, snowboards, skis, etc. Just make sure to dress warm as Mount Washington is often home to record-breaking snowfalls! Visit Mount Washington's website for more details. Sunset at Dallas Road. 8. Find Your Peace by the Ocean at a Victoria Beach Victoria is home to more beautiful beaches than one can imagine, and they remain breathtaking year-round. If you can brave the fall weather, you will be sure enjoy a serene experience in the quiet season. Check out a range of beaches, including Gonzales, Willows, Cattle Point, Witty's Lagoon, or meander along the beaches of Dallas road nearby our terminal. Burger and fries. Credit: Burger Crush. 9. 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.- Tacofino — Tacos, burritos and nachos... All to die for!- Burger Crush: Streamlined eatery doling out burgers, shakes & hand-cut fries, plus vegan fare & coconut ice cream.- Foo Asian Street Food: Easygoing place serving varied Asian street food, beer & cider in a contemporary space with a patio.- Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken: Fried chicken, soups & other traditional Korean dishes round out the menu at this casual outpost. Dinner Recommendations- Il Covo — An Italian hidden gem in the historic James Bay neighborhood.- Heron Rock Bistro — French cuisine made with local ingredients.- Tapa Bar — Spanish-inspired tapas.- Be Love — Local, organic, sustainable vegetarian offerings.- 10 Acres Bistro — A farm-table experience.- Cafe Brio: Unpretentious choice for salumi, wine & Italian-leaning meals, made from local ingredients.- NARU Korean Restaurant: Casual, authentic Korean fair in a unique dining room.Gozen Sushi Bar Izakaya: Japanese small & shared plates & extensive sushi menu with a full bar in a relaxed, modern setting. Reading at book in Munro's. Credit: Munro's Books. 10. Turn the Pages at Munro's Books Nothing says fall like curling up with a good book. Luckily, Downtown Victoria is home to Munro's books, a heritage store with spectacular space and an incredible selection. If you're looking for a great book as part of your cozy getaway, Munro's has something for you. Horse-drawn carriage tour. 11. Tour Victoria on a Cozy Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Buy Victoria Carriage Tour Tickets Brunch at Heron Rock Bistro. 12. Do Brunch in the Brunch Capital of Canada Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, Nourish Cafe or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so get an early start to the day to avoid the lines!

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15 Top Things To Do in Olympic National Park

Explore nearly one million acres of wilderness in Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula, WA. Known as one of the most diverse national parks in the USA, Olympic National Park has something for everyone. This UNSECO World Heritage Site offers plenty of spots for hiking, kayaking, camping, wildlife viewing, backpacking, fishing, tidepooling and more. From lush forest to coastal beaches, and glacial mountain ranges to roaring waterfalls, here's the top things to do in Olympic National Park.   1. Hoh Rain Forest Distance from Port Angeles: 2 hoursDistance from Seattle: 3.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 4 hours Stroll through lush greenery in one of the largest temperate rainforests in the USA. The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the most iconic destinations in Olympic National Park. Don't be surprised if you see some wildlife on your journey — The Hoh Rain Forest is home to Roosevelt Elk, many bird species, black bears, black-tailed deer, and more. Explore the Hoh Rain Forest on one of the following trails: - Hall of Mosses Trail: 0.8 miles / 1.2 kms loop trail- Spruce Nature Trail: 1.2 miles / 2.9 kms loop trail- Hoh River Trail: Full trail is 18.5 miles / 30 kms, but there are several turnaround points throughout the trail For more information on the Hoh Rain Forest, visit the National Park Service website.   2. Lake Crescent & Marymere Falls Distance from Port Angeles: 30 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours Known for its crystal-clear blue waters, this glacier-fed lake is the second deepest lake in Washington State. Lake Crescent has many hiking trails, including the hike to Marymere Falls (1.7 miles / 2.7 kms round-trip), and Spruce Railroad Trail (11.2 miles / 18 kms round-trip). Water sports, including kayaking, canoeing, SUPing and plain-old swimming are also popular, with rentals available at Lake Crescent Lodge. For more information on Lake Crescent, visit the National Park Service website.   3. Hurricane Ridge Distance from Port Angeles: 45 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours Drive 45 minutes from Port Angeles to the summit of Hurricane Ridge, at 5,242 feet elevation. Hurricane Ridge is open year-round and is very accessible — Take in the mountain views at the Visitors Center (you can see Victoria on a clear day!), hike one of the trails, or during the winter months go snowboarding, skiing or tubing with a small lift service on weekends. The Visitors Center is equipped with an information desk, gift shop, restrooms, and cafeteria.  For more information on Hurricane Ridge, visit the National Park Service website.    4. Rialto Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 1.5 hoursDistance from Seattle: 4 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.75 hours Pack a picnic and spend the day, or pitch a tent and stay overnight at Rialto Beach, located 1.5 hours south of Port Angeles near La Push. Rialto Beach is known for Hole-in-the-Wall, a 3 mile / 4.8 km round-trip trek, with ample tidepooling opportunities along the way. If you're going out to Hole-in-the-Wall, be sure to plan your trip during low tide, as it's only fully accessible during this time.  For more information on Rialto Beach, please visit the National Park Service website.   5. Sol Duc Falls Distance from Port Angeles: 1 hourDistance from Seattle: 3.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 5.25 hours Located in the Sol Duc Valley, Sol Duc Falls is arguably the most popular waterfall on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. Follow lush old-growth forest until you reach Sol Duc Falls. The hike is an easy 1.6 miles / 2.6 kms round-trip. Peak viewing season is May through October, with early spring and autumn being the best time to visit due to heavier water flow (typically). Other areas of interest in the Sol Duc Valley include:- Mink Lake: 5.2 miles / 8.4 kms round-trip- Lover's Lane: 6 miles / 9.7 kms loop trail following Sol Duc River (continuing past Mink Lake Trail)- High Divide Loop: A 2-3 day hike with views of Mount Olympus- Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort: Stay overnight in a cabin in Olympic National Park, and experience the hot mineral-springs pool- Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground: RV & campground with access to several hiking trails For more information on Sol Duc Falls, visit the National Park Service website.    6. Ruby Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 1.75 hoursDistance from Seattle: 3.5 hoursDistance from Portland: 4 hours Known for its abundant amount of driftwood strewn along the shore and towering sea stacks, Ruby Beach is a favorite on the Olympic Peninsula. During low tide, explore the tide pools filled with starfish and other marine life. Plus, it is one of the few destinations in Olympic National Park that allow leashed dogs.   7. Devil's Punchbowl Distance from Port Angeles: 30 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.75 hours Take a dip in the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Crescent from Devil's Punchbowl! Walk (or bike) about 1 mile / 1.6 kms of the Spruce Railroad Trail to Devil's Punchbowl and experience the best view of Lake Crescent (in our opinion!). If you continue past Devil's Punchbowl, you'll end up at the trail to Mount Storm King, another popular spot in Olympic National Park.  Bonus: The Spruce Railroad Trail is pet-friendly! Dogs must be kept on-leash at all times.   8. Shi Shi Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 2.25 hoursDistance from Seattle: 5 hoursDistance from Portland: 6 hours While the trail to Shi Shi Beach is moderately easy, there are areas of the trail that are quite muddy, so be sure to pack your hiking boots/waterproof shoes. If you'd like to hike all the way to Point of Arches (the beautiful sea stacks), the trek is about 8 miles / 12.9 kms round-trip. If you don't want to hike all the way, you'll arrive at the beach about 2 miles / 3.2 kms from the beginning of the trail. Shi Shi Beach is located on the Makah Indian Reservation, and you must purchase a Makah Recreation Pass to access the beach. Camping on the beach is permitted (we highly recommend it!), and reservations are not necessary. However, during summer months, expect it to be busy. For more information on Shi Shi Beach, visit the National Park Service website.    9. Mount Storm King Distance from Port Angeles: 30 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours While Mount Storm King provides extravagant views of Lake Crescent, it is not your average trail walk. The hike is 4 miles / 6.4 kms round-trip, with 2,065 ft of elevation gain. Be prepared for a steep incline, rough terrain, and ropes to aid you to the top... BUT it's all worth it! The view from the top of Storm King is one of the most iconic in Olympic National Park.  For more information on Mount Storm King, visit the Washington Trails Association website.   10. Lake Quinault & Quinault Rain Forest Distance from Port Angeles: 2.5 hoursDistance from Seattle: 2.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 3.25 hours Known as the southern gateway to Olympic National Park, Lake Quinault is home to a temperate rain forest, Lake Quinault Lodge, a few campgrounds including Falls Creek Campground, Willaby Campground and Gatton Creek Campground, ample waterfalls including Cascade Falls and Gatton Creek Falls, and six of the largest living trees in the world (also called the Valley of Rain Forest Giants). There are plenty of opportunities for hiking around Lake Quinault and Quinault Rain Forest:- World's Largest Spruce Tree Trail: 0.3 miles / 0.5 kms- Quinault Rain Forest Nature Loop: 0.5 miles / 0.8 kms- Willaby Creek Trail: 1.3 miles / 2 kms- Quinault Loop Trail: 4 miles / 6.4 kms- Pony Bridge Trail: 5 miles / 8 kms- Enchanted Valley: 26 miles / 41.8 kms   11. Salt Creek Recreation Area Distance from Port Angeles: 20 minutesDistance from Seattle: 3 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours Previously a World War II military camp called Camp Hayden, Salt Creek Recreation Area is just a short distance from Port Angeles with beautiful views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and glacial mountains. The 196-acre park has numerous camping spots for tenters and RVers, remanence of World War II with two concrete bunkers, and access to Tongue Point with perhaps some of the best tide pooling on the Olympic Peninsula.  For more information on Salt Creek Recreation Area, visit Clallam County Parks' website.   12. Second Beach Distance from Port Angeles: 1.5 hoursDistance from Seattle: 4 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.75 hours Enjoy an easy 0.7 mile / 1.1 km one-way, forested walk from the parking lot down to Second Beach. You'll be in awe of the seastacks, and depending on time of day, you may be able to do some tidepooling. Plus, a walk along this coastal beach during sunset is a must! Camping at Second Beach is also allowed (and recommended), but you must have a wilderness camping permit. Permits can be purchased in advance through the National Park Service website. For more information on Second Beach, visit the National Park Service website.    13. Staircase Distance from Port Angeles: 2.25 hoursDistance from Seattle: 2.25 hoursDistance from Portland: 2.75 hours Staircase is a hidden gem in Olympic National Park. While a little less traveled, it is home to many hiking and backpacking trails, a campground, and ranger station. Lake Cushman (located nearby) is also perfect for kayaking, SUPing or canoeing. Trails around Staircase:Staircase Rapids Loop: 2.1 miles / 3.4 kms round-tripFour Stream Trail: 7.1 miles / 11.4 kms round-tripWagonwheel Lake Trail: 4.9 miles / 7.9 kms round-tripShady Lane Trail: 1.8 miles / 2.9 kms round-tripFlapjack Lakes Trail: 15.8 miles / 25.4 kms round-tripNorth Fork Skokomish River: 30.4 miles / 48.9 kms round-trip  Be sure to check the status of the road to Staircase before you go, as it is unpaved, and sometimes closed due to weather conditions.  For more information on Staircase, visit the National Park Service website.   14. Kalaloch Distance from Port Angeles: 1.75 hoursDistance from Seattle: 3.25 hoursDistance from Portland: 3.75 hours Explore, hike, beachcomb, admire wildlife, or just relax. Your options for adventure (or seclusion) are endless at Kalaloch.  Things to do at Kalaloch:Kalaloch Lodge: One of the most popular places to stay on the Olympic Peninsula. Choose from a room in the lodge or a cozy cabin. Open year-round.Kalaloch Campground: Each campsite comes with a fire pit and picnic table. Reservations are a must in the peak season.Kalaloch Ranger Station: Filled with information, maps, books and exhibits. Open daily in the summer.Kalaloch Beach: If you stay at Kalaloch Lodge, Kalaloch Beach is right outside your front door. Enjoy your coffee as you watch the waves roll in. Beach 4: Located between Kalaloch Beach and Ruby Beach. Find all kinds of marine life in the abundant tide pools at Beach 4.Tree of Life: With only a few roots planted, and the rest exposed, the Tree of Life is something of a spectacle. Located just south of Kalaloch Lodge, near Kalaloch Campground. Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail: One mile / 1.6 km loop trail through coastal forest.   15. Elwha Valley Distance from Port Angeles: 15 minutesDistance from Seattle: 2.75 hoursDistance from Portland: 4.5 hours The Elwha Valley is home to the Elwha River - one of the largest ecosystem restoration projects in National Park history. The Elwha Valley has several day trip hikes, including:Madison Falls: 0.2 miles / 0.3 kms round-tripCascade Rock: 5.2 miles / 8.4 kms round-tripGriff Creek: 9.6 miles / 15.4 kms round-tripOlympic Hot Springs: 21 miles / 33.8 kms round-trip For more information on the Elwha Valley, visit the National Park Service website.   

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50 Top Things To Do in Victoria, BC

Discover the top 50 things to do in Victoria, BC! From the most popular Victoria attractions and activities, to outdoor adventures and local favorites. Here are our recommendations on what to do while visiting Victoria and Vancouver Island. Summertime at The Butchart Gardens. Credit: The Butchart Gardens. 1. The Butchart Gardens Stroll along meandering paths through fifty-five acres of delightful floral displays at The Butchart Gardens. In 1904, Jennie Butchart began to beautify a worked-out quarry site north of Victoria. Her venture has become a family commitment to horticulture and hospitality spanning 100 years, delighting visitors from all over the world. Please Note: The Butchart Gardens is located about 35 minutes from downtown Victoria. If you are traveling as a walk-on passenger, you can use one of the following modes of transportation to get to The Butchart Gardens:1. The Butchart Gardens round-trip shuttle transportation: Hop on a motor coach bus in downtown Victoria, and enjoy a 35-minute narrated ride to The Gardens. Depending on the time of year, there are several pick-up and drop-off times to choose from. Book The Butchart Gardens with shuttle transportation.2. BC Transit: Although a bit longer of a route (with many pick up and drop offs along the way), BC Transit is a cost effective public transportation option. Visit BC Transit for route options.3. Taxi: There are several taxi companies in Victoria that can pick you up directly in front of our Victoria ferry terminal or your hotel. Buy The Butchart Gardens Tickets The Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria, BC. 2. Explore the Inner Harbour of Downtown Victoria What better place to start? Hop off the M.V. Coho, and you're there. From buskers to local artisan vendors, and food trucks to the iconic Parliament Buildings within just a few steps, the Inner Harbour is a bustling, and exciting part of downtown Victoria. Afternoon Tea at the Pendray Tea House. Credit: Pendray Tea House. 3. Experience a Traditional Afternoon Tea Enjoy a classic afternoon tea experience in the Pendray Tea House at the Huntingdon Manor, located across the street from our Victoria terminal. Choose from a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted breads, sweets and pastries. The Pendray Tea House has a few different options, some of which are seasonally offered, including:- Traditional Afternoon Tea: Featuring a delicious selection of tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones, signature pastries and your personal choice of gourmet TWG Tea.- West Coast Afternoon Tea: It wouldn't be a West Coast inspired menu without a selection of freshly caught seafood! Dive into a selection of smoked salmon, tuna or shrimp sandwiches. Your taste buds will be swimming with excitement.- Vegan Afternoon Tea: Enjoy a fully vegan-friendly inspired menu.- Winter Afternoon Tea: 'Tis the season to experience an Afternoon Tea as light and delicate as Victoria's first snowfall. Treat yourself to a uniquely crafted menu complete with options inspired by the beautiful holiday festivities around downtown Victoria.- Children's Afternoon Tea: Involve the kids in a traditional experience! Portioned appropriately for tiny appetites, the Children's Tea offers a perfect balance of fun & engaging selections for all ages. Buy Afternoon Tea Tickets M.V. Coho passing Fisherman's Wharf. 4. Wander through Fisherman's Wharf Visit one of downtown Victoria's most popular hotspots. Wander through the colorful floating houses, do some local shopping and enjoy a peaceful lunch at one of the restaurants on the water. Our favorites include Barb's Fish and Chips, and Smoke and Anchor. Take a water taxi, or arrive by foot — Fisherman's Wharf is located only a few blocks from the Inner Harbour. First Peoples Gallery at the Royal BC Museum. Credit: Royal BC Museum. 5. Visit the Royal BC Museum See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum, a world-class museum of natural and human history. Explore the permanent galleries and immerse yourself in tales of where we've been and where we are going. Discover things and people you never knew before at what TripAdvisor users have three times voted number one in the Top 10 Museums in Canada.  Buy Royal BC Museum Tickets Parliament Buildings in the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria. 6. Tour the Parliament Buildings Visit the iconic Parliament Buildings in the heart of downtown Victoria. Guided tours are available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, or you can explore on your own self-guided tour. Guided tours last between 30 to 45 minutes and include information on BC's political history and legislative process. Visit the Parliament Buildings' website for more information on tours.  Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Credit: Butterfly Gardens. 7. Discover Exotic Creatures at Victoria Butterfly Gardens Enjoy the stunning beauty and color of exotic butterflies, tropical ducks, flamingos, and a variety of jungle creatures at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Thousands of free-flying butterflies will delight guests of this indoor tropical paradise, specifically designed to showcase the life cycle of butterflies and moths. The jungle is carefully controlled to maintain the perfect balance of temperature and humidity for all of the plants and animals. There are also free range frogs, wall lizards and geckos that call the gardens home. Buy Butterfly Gardens Tickets Wood fire pizza at Pizzeria Prima Strada. Credit: Pizzeria Prima Strada, Destination Greater Victoria. 8. Eat like a Local 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. Tickets can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. Buy Off The Eaten Food Track Tickets   Shopping on Lower Johnson Street in downtown Victoria. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 9. Shop Local 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. Also be sure to check out Low Jo (Lower Johnson Street, off of Government Street); home to many local boutique shops including Rook and Rose (flower and lifestyle), Little Gold (jewelry), and ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops and restaurants to explore.  Craigdarroch Castle. 10. Explore Craigdarroch Castle Visit this spectacular mansion built between 1887 and 1890 by Robert Dunsmuir with four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and lavish furnishings. Craigdarroch Castle's tower, rising high above the city, offers a stunning view of Victoria, the Pacific Ocean, and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. Tours are self-guided and "I Spy" maps are available for children. Buy Craigdarroch Castle Tickets Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 11. Beacon Hill Park and Children's Farm As easy walk from the Inner Harbour of downtown, Beacon Hill Park and Children's Farm is a free spot to visit in Victoria. Stroll through the 200-acre park and admire the beautiful landscapes and bounty of animals including ducks, geese and peacocks. Check out the Children's Farm for a hands-on experience for the whole family, with twice daily goat runs, and other friendly animals. PLUS, don't forget to make a stop at the Beacon Drive-In — voted Victoria's Best Ice Cream for the past 25 years! Whale watching with Prince of Whales. Credit: Prince of Whales. 12. Go 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 on a Zodiac adventure or a luxury catamaran cruise.  Buy Whale Watching Tickets Sunset at the Breakwater on Dallas Road. 13. Stroll along Dallas Road and the Breakwater Looking for a place with a great ocean view? Stroll along the breakwater where the ocean hugs the path that leads you to one of Victoria’s most iconic lookouts — You can even catch the M.V. Coho on its way to the Inner Harbour! This beautiful spot is only a short walk away from Victoria’s Inner Harbour and is an ideal destination for a sunset walk after a day of exploring. Horse-drawn carriage in front of the Parliament Buildings. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 14. Tour Victoria by Horse Enjoy historical tales on Victoria's past, present and future on a guided tour of downtown Victoria. Book a private carriage tour and take a unique journey through downtown Victoria and the surrounding areas. Since 1978, Victoria Carriage Tours has been dedicated to providing quality horse-drawn tours. Buy Victoria Carriage Tour Tickets Phillips Brewing Tasting Room. Credit: Off the Eaten Track Food Tours, Destination Greater Victoria. 15. Sip on some Local Brews Victoria, BC is home to more than a dozen local breweries. Some of our favorite breweries with patios or tasting rooms include:- Whistle Buoy Brewing Company- Phillips Brewing & Malting Beer Shop- Vancouver Island Brewing- îLE Sauvage Brewing Co.- Driftwood Brewing Company Plus, discover over 200 craft breweries in British Columbia on The BC Ale Trail. Biking through Beacon Hill Park. Credit: Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Destination Greater Victoria. 16. Explore Victoria on Bike Bring your bicycle on the M.V. Coho, or rent a bike in Victoria... Victoria is an extremely bike-friendly city! You can pedal your way through the island with bike lanes throughout downtown Victoria, and trails that continue further up island. Adventure down the E&N Rail Trail that eventually meets up with the Galloping Goose Trail. Cycle to popular destinations outside of downtown Victoria, such as Sidney, Thetis Lake and Sooke.  View all of Victoria's bike lanes and paths. Chinese lanterns in Fan Tan Alley in Victoria's Chinatown. 17. Check out Historic Chinatown and Fan Tan Alley Chinatown welcomes you with a grand entrance - the Harmonious Gates of Interest. Inside the gates, browse local shops, historic buildings, and quaint Chinese grocers filled with specialty ingredients for Asian-styled cooking.  Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in Canada (and second oldest in North America), and was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995.  Plus, be sure to check out Fan Tan Alley while you're there. Known as the narrowest street in Canada, Fan Tan Alley is home to many small vendors including a record store, cafe, beauty salon and other boutique shops.   Abkhazi Garden. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 18. Admire the Abkhazi Garden The Abkhazi Garden is a beautiful spot for a relaxing afternoon! From flower beds to 70-year-old trees, this historical destination is full of color and life. Situated on the outskirts of downtown Victoria, this stunning heritage property welcomes you to explore the garden locally known as "the garden that love built". For more information, visit Abkhazi Garden's website.  Discover the Pasting Walking Tour. Credit: Discover the Past. 19. Discover the Past on a Ghostly Walking Tour Best known for their spine-tingling Ghostly Walks, Discover the Past Walking Tours also offers a variety of fun and insightful history tours. John Adams, Victoria's pre-eminent historian, leads a team of exceptional storyteller guides on these captivating historic tours of downtown Victoria. Buy Discover the Past Tickets View from the top of Mount Douglas. 20. Soak in the Vistas from one of Victoria's Mountain Tops Soak in the beauty of the west coast by exploring one of Victoria’s stunning mountain tops with breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains and city. Some of Victoria's most popular viewpoints include:- Mount Douglas: About a 15-minute drive (5.7 miles / 9.1 kms) from downtown Victoria. Many people walk through the forested trails, or paved road to reach the summit, however, there is also a small parking lot at the top. - Mount Tolmie: About a 15-minute drive (4.3 miles / 7 kms) from downtown Victoria. Drive on a paved road, with several parking lots on the way to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy the view from your car, or walk through the trails and have a picnic at one of the five designated areas.- Mount Finlayson: About a 25-minute drive (12.9 miles / 20.8 kms) from downtown. The summit is only accessible by foot... Be prepared for an adventurous hike! Port Angeles waterfront. 21. Take a Day Trip to Port Angeles Take a day trip from Victoria to discover the wonders of the Olympic Peninsula on the most direct route between Victoria, BC and the USA. Choose from a guided tour through Olympic National Park, a tour of the Port Angeles Underground, a 1-hour flight sightseeing tour, or rent e-bikes to explore the Olympic Discovery Trail... Or, just explore Port Angeles at your leisure!  MORE INFO Beach on Dallas Road. 22. Spend the Afternoon at one of Victoria's Beaches Spend the day soaking in the sun, or even take a dip in the ocean! If you're feeling really adventurous, try your hand at kayaking, paddle boarding, or kitesurfing. The city is surrounded by beaches such as:- Dallas Road Beaches: There are several beaches along Dallas Road. Take a stroll through the paved pathway, and you'll find stairs leading to each beach.- Gonzales Beach: About an 8-minute drive (2.5 miles / 4 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Willows Beach: About a 14-minute drive (4.2 miles / 6.8 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Cadboro-Gyro Bay: About a 20-minute drive (5.5 miles / 8.8 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Esquimalt Lagoon: About a 25-minute drive (9 miles / 14.4 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Island View Beach: About a 25-minute drive (13 miles / 20.9 kms) from downtown Victoria. Whiskey tasting flight at Macaloney's Island Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery. Credit: Macaloney's Island Distillery. 23. Tour a Local Distillery Learn first-hand how Macaloney's crafts beers and whiskies on one of their guided tours. They begin the tour with the raw grains and walk you through their unique process all the way to the finished product. There will also be plenty of opportunities to taste both whiskies and beers along the way! Please Note: You must be 19 years or older to taste products. Budding beer and whisky connoisseurs 12-18 are welcome but cannot be served any alcohol.  Buy Distillery & Brewery Tour Tickets Other distilleries in Victoria:- DEVINE Distillery: About a 30-minute drive (11.2 miles / 18.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Victoria Distillers: About a 35-minute drive (17.3 miles / 27.9 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Sheringham Distillery: About a 50-minute drive (25.5 miles / 41.1 kms) from downtown Victoria. Niagara Falls in Goldstream Park. 24. Explore Goldstream Park Located about 12 miles (20 kms) northwest of downtown Victoria, Goldstream Provincial Park is best known for its annual fall salmon run and bald eagles that follow in a feeding frenzy. Check out the Goldstream Nature House, located at the mouth of the river, with interactive nature displays and live webcams. One of our must-see vista views from #20, Mount Finalyson, is also located at Goldstream. Climb just over 1,300 feet (410 meters) in elevation to the summit. Then, treat yourself with some fire-roasted smokies and s'mores at the day-use area, equipped with picnic tables, fire pits and washrooms.  Located on the opposite side of the highway (west), just before the turn off for the park, you'll find individual campsites (group campsites are located on the east side). Goldstream Falls and Niagara Falls are also located on the west side of the highway.  For more information on Goldstream Provincial Park, visit BC Parks. Botanical Beach in Sooke. 25. Spend a Day in Sooke About an hour outside of Victoria, Sooke is full of hidden gems waiting for you to discover. Pack your day bag (or spend a night or few!) and venture through lush forests and coastal beaches. From a waterfall cascading into the ocean to catching unreal surf, Sooke is a great place to embrace the West Coast lifestyle.  Some of our favorite spots in Sooke: - Sooke Potholes- French Beach- China Beach- Mystic Beach 26. Uncover a Mystery in less than 45 minutes If you love puzzles and riddles with a hint of mystery, then Horror Escape is the perfect afternoon activity for you! Uncover clues to help you and your team escape before the 45-minute timer runs out... Are you up for the challenge? Buy Horror Escape Tickets Beacon Hill Park — A stop on the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour. 27. Tour Victoria from a Different Perspective Experience Victoria like no other aboard an authentic British Double Decker bus! Gray Line Victoria's Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour is designed to allow you the flexibility to explore the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. The Hop-On Hop-Off bus features 14 stops in the city of Victoria including the Black Ball terminal, the Fairmont Empress, Fisherman's Wharf, Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Marina, Dallas Road and Mile Zero. Buy Hop-on Hop-off Tickets Fresh produce at the Victoria Public Market. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 28. Check out the local Farmer's Markets Treat yourself to a wide range of local goodies including produce, freshly baked goods, cheese, local brews, art and pottery, clothing and more from one of Victoria’s markets! - Moss Street Market (year-round, Saturdays only): About a 5-minute drive (1.3 miles / 2.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.- James Bay Farmer's Market (May to October, Saturdays only): Located in James Bay, a couple blocks back from Black Ball's Victoria ferry terminal.- Esquimalt Farmer's Market (April to November, Thursdays only): About a 10-minute drive (3 miles / 4.8 kms) from downtown Victoria. - Victoria Public Market at the Hudson (year-round, Monday – Saturday): Located in downtown Victoria, about a 20-minute walk from Black Ball's Victoria terminal (or 5-minute drive).- Metchosin Farmer's Market (mid-May to October, Sundays only): About a 35-minute drive (13.7 miles / 22.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.  Brunch on the patio at Heron Rock Bistro. Credit: Heron Rock Bistro. 29. Do Brunch in the Brunch Capital of Canada Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so get an early start to the day to avoid long lines! Hatley Castle. 30. Visit a National Historic Site: Hatley Castle If you love history with a mix of modern-day culture, you’ll love Hatley Castle. Filled with interesting artifacts and history, this stunning estate has also become a popular location for the film industry!  Aerial view of Fisgard Lighthouse. 31. Visit another National Historic Site: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse Explore a 19th-century coastal artillery fort situated along the Esquimalt Harbour. Wander through old bunkers and buildings and find your way to the first lighthouse ever built on the west coast of Canada. This historical sight is full of fascinating displays and mini exhibits waiting for you to discover. Cook Street Village. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 32. Stroll through Cook Street Village Cook Street village is home to delicious cafes (like Moka House Coffee, The Hot and Cold Cafe and Empire Donuts), restaurants (like The Collective Wine Bar, Pizzeria Prima Strada and The Beagle Pub), and one of a kind shops (like Cook Street Liquor: a craft beer, wine and spirits shop, Rootcellar: a boutique green grocer overflowing with local produce, dairy, grocery, meats, cheeses, floral and more, and Paws on Cook: a pet store with a large selection of local raw and kibble foods, treats, toys & gear).  IMAX Victoria theatre. 33. See a Movie on the Largest IMAX Screen in BC Feel like you're really there with the ultimate film experience! The IMAX theater features crystal clear images on the largest IMAX screen in British Columbia, and wraparound digital surround sound to create an incredible and immersive experience. The IMAX theater is located inside the Royal BC Museum, just a block away from the Black Ball terminal in Victoria. Buy IMAX Tickets Water Taxi at Fisherman's Wharf. 34. Tour the Inner and Outer Harbour by Water Taxi Enjoy a scenic view of the city by catching a water taxi to get to your next destination! With over eight stops throughout the harbor, this is a unique way to tour around Victoria. PLUS, experience different pubs and restaurants along the way with their Pickle Pub Crawl. Visit Victoria Harbour Ferry's website for more information.  35. Learn About Insects at the Victoria Bug Zoo Spend an afternoon discovering tropical bugs from around the world at the Victoria Bug Zoo. With over 40 species of bugs to learn about, this mini zoo invites you into the fascinating world of insects. The Victoria Bug Zoo is located in the heart of downtown Victoria, a short walk from our Victoria terminal. Spa Magnolia at the Magnolia Hotel. Credit: Magnolia Hotel & Spa. 36. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day Spend the day getting pampered with facials, manicures, massages and more... You deserve it! Here are a few of our favorite spas in downtown Victoria: - The Spa Magnolia- Emerald Day Spa- Willow Stream Spa Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio. Credit: Inn at Laurel Point. 37. Take Advantage of Patio Season in Downtown Victoria Soak up Victoria's mild climate on a patio in downtown Victoria! While summer is the most popular time to find a spot outside, many restaurants offer heated patios, so locals sit outside nearly year-round. Some of our favorite patio spots include: - Finest At Sea- 10 Acres Commons- Whistle Buoy Brewing Company- Heron Rock Bistro- Il Covo Trattoria- The Collective Wine Bar- Bodega- Spinnakers Brew Pub Visit Destination Greater Victoria's website for a full list of Victoria patios. Thetis Lake. 38. Relax at the Lake Searching for an activity the entire family will enjoy? Grab your towels, some snacks and head over to one of Victoria's lakes! Spend the day swimming (or relaxing) lakeside at one of the following locations:- Thetis Lake: About a 20-minute drive (7.5 miles / 12.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Beaver and Elk Lake: About a 25-minute drive (9.4 miles / 15.1 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Durrance Lake: About a 30-minute drive (12.6 miles / 20.2 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Prospect Lake: About a 30-minute drive (10.3 miles / 16.6 kms) from downtown Victoria. Victoria Inner Harbour. Credit: Destination Greater Victoria. 39. Explore the Waters by Kayak Victoria is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and has endless places waiting for you to explore by water. Take a guided tour around the beautiful city or a solo exploration trip on a sunny weekend day. This local activity is bound to be a memorable experience! Sidney Pier. 40. Stroll along the Sidney Pier The town of Sidney is a welcoming community full of boutique shops, delicious bakeries and scenic walks waiting for you to explore. Grab a cup of coffee from a local cafe and wander alongside the Pacific Ocean. Follow the walking trail towards the Sidney pier and stroll to the end of the boardwalk for a captivating view of the Strait of Georgia and San Juan Islands. Don't forget to keep an eye out for marine life along the way! Robert Bateman Centre. Credit: Loretta Anne Rogers. 41. Visit a Local Art Gallery If you love art, then Victoria is the place for you! With countless art exhibits ranging from modern to advant guarde, you won't be disappointed. Some of our favorite art exhibits to visit are: - Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: About a 5-minute drive (1.5 miles / 2.4 kms) from downtown Victoria. - The Avenue Gallery: About a 10-minute drive (2.9 miles / 4.6 kms) from downtown Victoria. - Madron Gallery: Located in downtown Victoria. - Sean Schuster Fine Art Gallery: Located in downtown Victoria. - The Robert Bateman Centre: Located beside Black Ball's Victoria ferry terminal. 42. Explore the World in Miniature Gain a whole new perspective as you stroll through Miniature World. With over 85 miniature dioramas and displays, this miniature world is anything but small! Voted top 3 places to see in 2018, this exhibition invites you to travel through space and time as you walk around their impressive creations. Cedar Hill Golf Course. Credit: Saanich Parks & Recreation. 43. Golf the Day Away Vancouver Island is a golfer's paradise. Enjoy diverse views from glacial mountains to coastal waters, with over 40 golf courses to choose from.  Some of the best golf courses on Vancouver Island include:- Olympic View Golf Course: About a 30-minute drive (11 miles / 17.7 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Highland Pacific Golf Course: About a 20-minute drive (7 miles / 11.2 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Bear Mountain Golf Course (Valley or Mountain Course): About a 30-minute drive (12.6 miles / 20.3 kms) from downtown Victoria. Venture further up island...- Arbutus Ridge Golf Course: About a 45-minute drive (29.7 miles / 47.8 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Fairwinds Golf Course: About a 2-hour drive (89.5 miles / 144 kms) from downtown Victoria.- Crown Isle Golf Course: About a 3-hour drive (140.4 miles / 226 kms) from downtown Victoria. Swan Lake's Floating Boardwalk. 44. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary Wander the Swan Lake loop trail that guides you around a lake and across a scenic floating boardwalk. This wetland area is the perfect bird watching spot, full of many different species. With resting stops spaced out along the way, this 2.5 km trail is truly an enjoyable and scenic loop. 45. Visit the Maritime Museum of British Columbia Learn about Canadian marine history at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Spend an afternoon reading fascinating stories and admire historical maritime artifacts. With multiple models, half hulls and name plates, this intriguing museum explores marine history through a number of exhibitions. 46. Explore the BC Aviation Museum Expand your aviation knowledge by adventuring through the B.C Aviation Museum. Saunter through impressive exhibits that explore important moments of British Columbia's aviation history. With amazing replicas and historical machines on display, you will have the chance to see what aircrafts looked like dating all the way back to the 1800's. Harbour Air departing from Victoria's Inner Harbour. 47. View the City from Above Admire breathtaking views of Victoria and the Strait of Juan De Fuca, with the Olympic Mountains in the distance, from the sky! Hop on a float plane in Victoria's Inner Harbour to enjoy an experience you will never forget. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. Buy Harbour Air Tickets Ziplining through the forest. Credit: AdrenaLINE Zipline. 48. Zipline Through the Trees Soar through the majestic West Coast forest on Vancouver Island just a short distance from downtown Victoria. This fully-guided tour features 8 scenic zip lines, a suspension bridge, and an exhilarating ATV ride through the Sooke Hills. Learn about the local ecology and wildlife during the 2 hour tour. Buy AdrenaLINE ZiplinE Tickets View from the Malahat. 49. Malahat Skywalk Malahat SkyWalk is British Columbia's newest visitor destination. Just 35 minutes north of Victoria, where the forested mountains drop away to the Pacific Ocean, this incredible fully accessible experience includes a 600 m (1,968 ft) elevated walk though the forest canopy leading to a 32 m (105 ft) sightseeing tower offering breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. Guests can find a deeper connection to nature learning about the trees, birds, animals and marine life of this coastal region unique to BC. Malahat SkyWalk is located on the traditional territory of the Malahat Nation and their Indigenous stores are also embedded throughout the experience. Buy MALAHAT SKYWALK Tickets Vancouver Island Highway. 50. Road Trip up the Island Victoria is one of many incredible destinations on Vancouver Island. Grab a friend and some snacks to prepare for the ultimate road trip! Head up island towards Mount Washington for some fresh powder skiing in the winter or incredible bike trails and zipline tours in the summer. Continue your journey towards Campbell River where you can overlook a stunning waterfall from the Elk Falls suspension bridge.  If beaches are more your style, make a trip to the surf capital of Vancouver Island... Tofino! Stop for lunch at Coombs Country Market and go for a swim in Sproat Lake along the way. If you take this route, be sure to schedule in a stop at Cathedral Grove. Here you'll walk amongst enormous old growth trees scattered throughout a breathtaking coastal forest. Vancouver Island has endless adventures waiting for you! 

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Victoria to Seattle: Four Day Itinerary

Explore the best of the Pacific Northwest on a four-day itinerary through Victoria, Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula, and Seattle! From the best places to visit in each region, to the most popular attractions, and restaurants locals rave about — We've got you covered! Here's how we think you should spend four days in the Pacific Northwest... Parliament Buildings in 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. The Butchart Gardens admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 11:00am Arrive at The Butchart Gardens.For the rest of the day: 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 Victoria hotels and receive FREE hotel parking! We'll also waive your ferry reservation fee. BOOK A VICTORIA HOTEL PACKAGE Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, BC — A stop on the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour Here are our recommendations on how to make the most of the rest of your day 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. Off the Eaten Track admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.  2) See Victoria on Gray Line's Hop-on, Hop-off City TourExperience 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. Hop-on, Hop-off admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 3) Embark on a Whale Watching AdventureExplore 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. Prince of Whales Whale Watching admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 4) Explore the streets and shops of 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 ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). Market Square, located off of Johnson Street, also has tons of small shops and restaurants to explore. EXPLORE OTHER VICTORIA ATTRACTIONS Downtown Port Angeles, WA at dusk Day Two - Explore more of Victoria, then overnight in Port Angeles, WA 8:00am Breakfast (or brunch) in Canada's brunch capital; a must-do. Our favorite brunch places include Jam Cafe, Blue Fox Cafe, Heron Rock Bistro, or The Ruby on Johnson. Most brunch places do not take reservations, so begin your day a bit earlier to avoid the lines! 10:00am 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. Royal BC Museum admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.12:00pm Lunch at a local Victoria restaurant, or enjoy a classic afternoon tea experience in the Pendray Tea House at the Huntingdon Manor. Afternoon tea can be booked through Black Ball Ferry Line. If you are planning to travel with your vehicle on our ferry, you can park your vehicle in the lot any time after the sailing before departs (ex. If you are catching the 3:00pm sailing, you can park your vehicle any time after the 10:30am sailing departs). The Pendray Tea House is located across the street from our Victoria terminal. 1:30pm 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.)3:00pm Ferry departs for Port Angeles.4:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles, and go through US Customs. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. We recommend... 1) Shopping and dinner in downtown Port AngelesPick up a souvenir, or special item to commemorate your trip! Downtown Port Angeles is filled with local antique stores, clothing, quaint bookstores, and other small shops.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. 2) Stroll along the Port Angeles waterfrontBegin at Port Angeles City Pier, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and located beside our ferry terminal. Then, continue on to the Olympic Discovery Trail where you'll pass Hollywood Beach in front of the Red Lion Hotel. Enjoy sunset at the beach, or stroll along as much trail as you'd like. The Olympic Discovery Trail spans about 140 miles/225 km between Port Townsend and La Push on the Olympic Peninsula. 3) Try the local brews on a self-guided craft beer adventureSample the fine flavors of some great craft beers on the Olympic Peninsula on this self-guided tour of Port Angeles' best pubs and breweries. Receive a pint each from 3 local brewers. All 3 tasting locations are in downtown Port Angeles, and less than a 5-minute stroll from each other and the ferry terminal.  Sol Duc Falls on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail in Olympic National Park Day Three - Explore the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park Before you begin your day of exploring, 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. 1) Hoh Rain Forest and Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park (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! 2) Experience an Olympic Peninsula waterfall adventure (up to a full day, depending on how many waterfalls you want to see)The Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail encompasses over 20 breathtaking waterfalls on the Peninsula and in Olympic National Park. Visit the Olympic Peninsula's website for more information on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. 3) A scenic flightseeing tour with Rite Bros Aviation and guided Port Angeles Underground and Heritage Tour (half-day 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. 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. 4) Explore everything Twilight (half-day, 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 for a full guide on everything Twilight! Kayaking on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park Day Four - Continue to Seattle or Return to Victoria 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, BC11:00am 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 40 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)2:15pm Arrive in downtown Victoria and go through Canada Customs. OPTION 2 - Continue to Seattle, WASeattle 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. Cape Flattery on the Olympic Peninsula, WA — The northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States Optional stops on the way to Seattle Other stops in Olympic National ParkCape FlatteryRuby BeachSol Duc FallsElwha RiverMount Storm KingSpruce Railroad TrailShi Shi Beach Sequim, WA — About 30 minutes from Port AngelesOlympic Game FarmLavender Farms (ex. Purple Haze Lavender)Dungeness Spit7 Cedars CasinoSequim River BridgeDungeness River Audubon Center Port Townsend, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesFort Worden Historic State ParkPuget Sound Express Whale WatchingHistoric walking toursPort Townsend Marine Science Center Port Gamble, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesPort Gamble Historic District Tacoma, WA — About 2 hours from Port AngelesAmerica’s Car MuseumMuseum of GlassPoint Defiance Park 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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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! 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. The Butchart Gardens admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 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 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. Off the Eaten Track admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.  2) See Victoria on Gray Line's Hop-on, Hop-off City TourExperience 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. Hop-on, Hop-off admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 3) Explore the Royal BC MuseumSee 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. Royal BC Museum admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 4) Embark on a Whale Watching AdventureExplore 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. Prince of Whales Whale Watching admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line.  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 ANIAN (durable, earth-friendly clothing). 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 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 (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! 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. 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.  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 for a full guide on everything Twilight! 4) Shopping and dinner in downtown Port AngelesPick 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 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, BC11:00am 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 40 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)2:15pm Arrive in downtown Victoria and go through Canada Customs. OPTION 2 - Continue to Seattle, WASeattle 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 Optional stops on the way to Seattle Other stops in Olympic National ParkCape FlatteryRuby BeachSol Duc FallsElwha RiverMount Storm KingSpruce Railroad TrailShi Shi Beach Sequim, WA — About 30 minutes from Port AngelesOlympic Game FarmLavender Farms (ex. Purple Haze Lavender or B&B Lavender Farm)Dungeness Spit7 Cedars CasinoSequim River BridgeDungeness River Audubon Center Port Townsend, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesFort Worden Historic State ParkPuget Sound Express Whale WatchingHistoric walking toursPort Townsend Marine Science Center Port Gamble, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesPort Gamble Historic District Tacoma, WA — About 2 hours from Port AngelesAmerica's Car MuseumMuseum of GlassPoint Defiance Park 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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Victoria to Seattle: Two Day Itinerary

Want to explore the USA and Canada, but have limited time? We have you covered — From The Butchart Gardens, to the most popular spots on the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park, here are our recommendations to make the most of your two-day itinerary from Victoria, BC (or if you're starting in Vancouver) to Seattle, WA. We've included two different itinerary options for your two-day, two-nation vacation — Stay overnight in Victoria, BC or stay overnight in Port Angeles, WA. The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC Option #1 - Overnight in Victoria, BC Day One - Explore Victoria 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. The Butchart Gardens admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 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 Victoria hotels and receive FREE hotel parking! We’ll also waive your ferry reservation fee. BOOK A VICTORIA HOTEL PACKAGE Here are our recommendations on how to make the most of the rest of your day 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. 2) See Victoria on Gray Line's Hop-on, Hop-off City TourExperience 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. Hop-on, Hop-off admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 3) Explore the Royal BC MuseumSee 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. Royal BC Museum admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria, BC — A stop on the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour Day Two - Day Trip to Port Angeles 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. Here are our recommendations for a day trip to Port Angeles (you'll have plenty of time for one of the following): 1) Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National ParkBegin the journey at sea-level in Port Angeles and continue 5,200 feet elevation atop Hurricane Ridge. Enjoy a front-row view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains! Book a Hurricane Ridge guided tour through Black Ball Ferry Line (only available on select days). 2) Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls in Olympic National ParkLake Crescent is glacier-fed, and its crystal-clear waters provide one of the most beautiful shades of blue in the Pacific Northwest. Optional 2.8km round-trip leisurely walk to Marymere Falls. 3) A scenic flightseeing tour with Rite Bros Aviation and guided Port Angeles Underground and Heritage TourFrom 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. 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.  4) Try the local brews on a self-guided craft beer adventureSample the fine flavors of some great craft beers on the Olympic Peninsula on this self-guided tour of Port Angeles' best pubs and breweries. Receive a pint each from 3 local brewers. All 3 tasting locations are in downtown Port Angeles, and less than a 5-minute stroll from each other and the ferry terminal. BOOK A PORT ANGELES DAY TRIP OPTION 1 - Continue to Seattle, WA Scroll down for places to stop along the way to Seattle, and things to do in Seattle. OPTION 2 - Depart for Victoria, BC4:20pm Arrive at the Port Angeles ferry terminal. (If you are traveling in a vehicle, you must be at the terminal 60 minutes prior to your departure, or 40 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)5:20pm Ferry departs for Victoria at 5:20pm.6:50pm Arrive in Victoria and go through Canada Customs. M.V. Coho passing the Odgen Point Breakwater Option #2 - Overnight in Port Angeles Day One - Visit The Butchart Gardens, then depart for Port Angeles 9:00am Depart on BC Ferries from Tsawwassen ferry terminal. 10:35am Arrive at Swartz Bay ferry terminal, depart for The Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens admission can be purchased through Black Ball Ferry Line. 11:00am Arrive at The Butchart Gardens.12:45pm Depart The Butchart Gardens.1:30pm 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.)3:00pm Ferry departs for Port Angeles. 4:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles and go through US Customs. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. We recommend... 1) Shopping and dinner in downtown Port AngelesPick up a souvenir, or special item 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.  2) Stroll along the Port Angeles waterfrontBegin at Port Angeles City Pier, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and located beside our ferry terminal. Then, continue on to the Olympic Discovery Trail where you'll pass Hollywood Beach in front of the Red Lion Hotel. Enjoy sunset at the beach, or stroll along as much trail as you'd like. The Olympic Discovery Trail spans about 140 miles/225 km between Port Townsend and La Push on the Olympic Peninsula.  3) Try the local brews on a self-guided craft beer adventureSample the fine flavors of some great craft beers on the Olympic Peninsula on this self-guided tour of Port Angeles' best pubs and breweries. Receive a pint each from 3 local brewers. All 3 tasting locations are in downtown Port Angeles, and less than a 5-minute stroll from each other and the ferry terminal.  Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park Day Two - 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, BC11:00am 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 40 minutes prior for walk-on passengers.)2:15pm Arrive in downtown Victoria and go through Canada Customs. OPTION 2 - Continue to Seattle, WASeattle 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.  Point Wilson Lighthouse in Port Townsend, WA Optional stops on the way to Seattle Other stops in Olympic National ParkHoh RainforestSol Duc FallsElwha RiverRialto BeachRuby Beach Sequim, WA — About 30 minutes from Port AngelesOlympic Game FarmLavender Farms (ex. Purple Haze Lavender)Dungeness Spit7 Cedars CasinoSequim River BridgeDungeness River Audubon Center Port Townsend, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesFort Worden Historic State ParkPuget Sound Express Whale WatchingHistoric walking toursPort Townsend Marine Science Center Port Gamble, WA — About 1 hour from Port AngelesPort Gamble Historic District Tacoma, WA — About 2 hours from Port AngelesAmerica’s Car MuseumMuseum of GlassPoint Defiance Park   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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The Best Day Trips from Victoria to Port Angeles

Take a day trip from Victoria to discover the wonders of the Olympic Peninsula on the most direct route between Victoria, BC and the USA. Choose from a guided tour through Olympic National Park, a tour of the Port Angeles Underground, or a 1-hour flight sightseeing tour. Departing from the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria, the M.V. Coho arrives in the quaint downtown area of Port Angeles, WA in only 90 minutes... Enjoy a quick and affordable adventure from Victoria!   1. Port Angeles Underground and Heritage Tours Descend into history with one of North America's most unique historic tours. Learn about America's second national city on a 2-hour guided tour.Due to flooding concerns in the early 1900s, the citizens of Port Angeles worked out an incredible plan to elevate the city's downtown streets, creating a network of underground tunnels and storefronts. In this unbelievable feat of engineering many older buildings were lost, but a select few remain. The stories they have to tell are captivating.The tour begins with a fascinating explanation of the history of the city and the tactics used to raise the city streets in 1914. Next, take a short stroll through downtown Port Angeles to visit rediscovered basements and long-forgotten tunnels during the underground portion of the tour. Stop in at the city's original movie theatre, and venture into a hidden brothel above the unassuming family shoe store. MORE INFO   Sample Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria 10:30am Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance). 12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs. 12:30pm Free time for lunch, shopping or exploring the Port Angeles waterfront. 2:00pm Underground Tour departs from the Visitor’s Center (adjacent to ferry dock). 5:20pm Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 4:40pm). 6:50pm Arrive at the Victoria Terminal. 2. One-Hour Sightseeing Flight over the Olympic Peninsula Take a one-hour sightseeing flight with Rite Brothers Aviation from Port Angeles's Fairchild International Airport. From the comfort of a small plane, you'll be treated to an exclusive look at the sites and wonders of the peninsula. Each flight is unique and may include views of the glaciers of the Olympic Mountains, the towering sea stacks of the Washington Coast or an aerial tour above the turquoise waters of Lake Crescent surrounded by old growth forests. Your flight is guided by an expert pilot who will answer your questions along the way while pointing out things that no land-based tour can see. MORE INFO   Sample Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria 10:30am Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance). 12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs. 12:20pm Transfer from Port Angeles Ferry Terminal to Airport. 12:30pm Arrive at Airport. 12:35pm Enjoy a 1-hour sightseeing flight around the Olympic Peninsula. 1:35pm Transfer to Ferry Terminal. 1:45pm Arrive at Ferry Terminal. 2:00pm Optional Port Angeles Underground Tour. Or, enjoy lunch and explore downtown Port Angeles. 5:20pm Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 4:40pm). 6:50pm Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.   3. Hurricane Ridge Guided Tour This trip to Hurricane Ridge begins with a scenic drive from sea-level in Port Angeles to 5,242 feet elevation at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Along the drive, you will enjoy views of the diverse topography and terrain of the Olympic Peninsula as it quickly changes with elevation. Upon arrival, your hiking guide will lead an optional 2-3 mile guided hiking tour along the Cirque Rim Trail (flat-paved 0.5 miles), the High Ridge Trail (gravel & paved 1 mile), and other nearby trails as time allows. You are likely to see Black Tail Deer, a variety of birds, and if you're lucky an Olympic Marmot or Black Bear (from a safe distance). BOOK NOW   Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria 10:30am Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance). 12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs. 12:30pm Depart from Port Angeles. 1:15pm Arrival at Hurricane Ridge. 1:45pm Begin guided hike. 3:45pm Finish hike and depart. 4:30pm Arrive in Port Angeles. 5:20pm Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 4:40pm). 6:50pm Arrive at the Victoria Terminal. Tour Includes: Olympic National Park entrance fees, round-trip transportation from Port Angeles, and a local naturalist hiking guide. Throughout each tour, your Olympic Hiking Co. naturalist hiking guide will point out landmarks, overview the flora and fauna, and discuss the natural history of the area. Outdoor activewear, extra layers, and comfortable walking/hiking shoes with good traction are recommended.   4. Discover the Olympic Peninsula on an E-Bike Take a two-hour, self-guided e-bike ride on the Olympic Discovery Trail with Discover E-Bike.The Olympic Discovery Trail offers beautiful views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca throughout the entire ride. Spot otters, eagles, and seals, with views of Victoria, the San Juan Islands and Mt. Baker. At Ediz Hook, enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains, look for sea glass on the rocky beach, take in the wildlife and, if you're lucky, you might spot a pod of orcas.All self-guided rides include an electric bike fit to your size and experience level, a helmet, directions to your destination, and landmarks for viewing wildlife along the trail. E-Bike pick-up and drop-off is located at the Waterfront Pier in front of the Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor (corners of North Lincoln Street and East Railroad Avenue). BOOK NOW Sample Day Trip Itinerary from Victoria 10:30am Depart Victoria Terminal (must arrive by 10:00am for US Immigration clearance). 12:00pm Arrive in Port Angeles, clear US Customs. 12:30pm Free time for lunch, shopping or exploring the Port Angeles waterfront. 2:00pm Pick up e-bike from Discover E-Bike (2 hour rental). 5:20pm Depart Port Angeles (must arrive by 4:40pm). 6:50pm Arrive at the Victoria Terminal.

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