Routes from Eastern Washington
There really is no easy way. At one time or another, we've done all of
If you enjoy Ferry rides, take number 3.
If you want the
fastest, try number 2.
If you want scenic and absolutely hate traffic,
try number 1.
(Read descriptions below.)
There are basically five ways to get there from here:
Starting from the South:
1. Through Packwood and White Pass. 359 miles, slow going, but
beautiful at the right time of year and weather.
The trip up the West
side of Hood Canal is wonderful in a car with the top down (did this twice).
2. Through Snoqualmie Pass, Auburn, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Noisy, busy through the lower Puget Sound. 330 miles, but no ferries.
This is the fastest route, and takes about five and a half hours.
to miss heavy traffic through Tacoma.
3. Through Snoqualmie Pass and Seattle, take the Ferry to Bainbridge
I 90 drops you almost at the downtown ferry terminal.
Actually this is a very pretty trip, too, if you're traveling at low traffic.
This is the shortest distance at 283 miles, but you need to factor in a ferry
crossing, and waiting in line.
In sunny weather, the ferry crossing can
be stunning, with views of Mount Rainier, the Seattle skyline, and the Olympic
The total trip will take on average about 6 hours,
plus the cost of the ferry at $15 one way.
If you take this route, be
sure to get out of your car, and go up to the very top deck for a 360 degree
view of the area.
4. Just for fun - through Stevens Pass, take the Edmonds Ferry, to 104,
then to 101. 337 miles, plus a ferry.
5. Really crazy - take the North Cascades Pass. 452 miles.
Come down through Whidbey Island and the Port Townsend Ferry.
a very long day, and an adventurous spirit.