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Ferries and Towns of Puget Sound


Ride ferries, explore unique small towns, enjoy a room with a view.


  • 4 ferry rides on Puget Sound, including the longest routes, Seattle/Bremerton and Seattle/Bainbridge Island
  • Visit the villages of Poulsbo, Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Gamble, Mukilteo and Langley as you make your way around the sound
  • Guided tours: Poulsbo, learn about the town’s Norwegian heritage; Port Townsend, this was once a bawdy port on the sound
  • 4 nights Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish – gaming for those who enjoy it, beautiful views for those who don’t – the hotel and casino are in separate buildings 
  • Visit the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, the birthplace of Chief Seattle and Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial – local landmarks you might otherwise miss



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Fly non-stop to Seattle, arriving at 10am. Enjoy lunch at Salty’s on Alki, featuring spectacular views of downtown Seattle. The afternoon ferry ride to Bainbridge Island is the second longest (35 minutes) and one of the most scenic on the sound. Suquamish is the home of the late Chief Seattle, the Native American who convinced his people to accept the coming of white settlers. Visit the museum and the Chief’s grave and hear his unique story.

Your lodging for four nights is at the beautiful Clearwater Casino Resort, overlooking the waters of Puget Sound. Dinner is at your leisure and there are several choices on property. There are places to sit outside, a fire ring in the evening; it’s really one of the most wonderful accommodations in our entire catalog. For the second year in a row, we have lengthened the trip due to traveler response (so you’ll have more time to enjoy this beautiful resort). (L)

Day 2

Just down the road from our waterfront home is Poulsbo. Founded by Scandinavian immigrants in the 1880’s, today it’s a popular tourist destination. We’ve arranged a short guided walking tour, along with a visit to Sluy’s, the town’s legendary bakery, where you can pick out a FREE treat! 

Next village on our itinerary is Sequim. Enjoy lunch in town at a favorite local hangout, then visit the Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Let us treat you to some lavender ice cream! (FB,L)

Day 3

Once a bustling port town, Port Townsend and its historic district are now a National Landmark, laced with old Victorian homes, “painted ladies,” and buildings from long ago. A guided tour by coach shows you “up” town and “down” town Port Townsend. Enjoy lunch and check out the shops.

Port Gamble is another colorful little spot in the Pacific Northwest. This old mill town has been restored and has a few interesting places to relive a piece of history. The village is a National Historical Landmark. Our afternoon includes time for pictures and browsing. Dinner is in Poulsbo tonight. Weather permitting we are dining al fresco. (FB,D)

Day 4

Travel south to Bremerton for the longest scenic ferry trip across the sound. Pike Place Market opened in 1907. It’s one of the oldest continuously operated farmer’s markets in the country. Spend some time looking for treasures. Then it’s back by ferry, making a stop at a beautiful but little visited WWII Memorial. Dinner tonight has a decidedly local twist. (FB,D) 

Day 5

More small towns to explore and it’s back on the ferry boats to get there. Board the ferry in Kingston, headed for the Seattle side of the sound. Our destination is Edmonds, and Mukilteo is just 30 minutes away. There you’ll find the Mukilteo Light and a striking waterfront park. Lunch is at Ivar’s, a Northwest tradition.

After lunch, board the ferry again for the 12-minute crossing to Clinton on Whidbey Island. Our last destination is Langley, a great little spot with lots of interesting shops. Take the ferry back to Mukilteo and then head on to SeaTac Airport for your 6pm return flight. (FB,L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


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