Today most visitor to the islands still travel by boat, but the only work involved is either walking or driving onto the Washington State Ferries which serve the islands of Shaw, Lopez, San Juan, and Orcas.
The ferries allow passengers to sit back, relax, perhaps sip a latte or glass of wine and enjoy the scenery. And what scenery it is -- island shorelines edged with sinewy, red madrona trees, golden bluffs, or rocky beaches. On clear days, snow capped Mt. Baker rises in awesome splendor in the east. Marine life, including seals, a variety of water birds, and of course, the ever present sea gulls can be spotted cavorting in the aquamarine glacial waters. Sharp-eyed riders may spot a bald eagle perched in a tree or get a rare glimpse of a whale wandering the waters.
Washington State Ferries: Travel Puget Sound
Washington State Ferries is one of the state's largest tourist attractions. It's also the second largest mass transit system in Washington, and the largest ferry system in the United States. No matter how you look at it, a ferry is a beautiful way to go.
Sparkling waters, snow-capped mountains, cityscapes, salt air, leaping Orca whales, the call of the gulls-a journey aboard a Washington State Ferry appeals to the senses. And it makes a lot of sense when you see all the places you can go on any one of our ten different routes throught Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.
More than 26 million people journey with Washington State Ferries every year-to get to work, to go on vacations, and just for the fun of it on a sunny day.