If you're a fan of Grey's Anatomy, you'll know that some of the most iconic scenes from the show happen on a boat. Whether it's Dr. "McDreamy" Derek Shepherd who has a thing for ferries and a scrub cap that literally has a ship on it, or Jo and Alex Karev getting married aboard one. It should come as no surprise then, that the Evergreen State loves them because you can take a ferry in Washington for less than $20!
Puget Sounders are proud of their waterways because the state operates the largest fleet in the entire United States! Many of these massive boats carry over 23 million people every year. And you can be one of them.
You can even get on them with your car, bike, or motorcycle. You'll probably see more than one happy pupper on deck, as dogs are welcome too.
Grab your friend, family or boo, because we've got a list of all the spots you can island-hop to. You will get the most amazing views of the Seattle skyline as you depart from the shore.
Price: $8.65 per person.
Why You Should Go: Within walking distance from the dock, you can hit a free museum, several wineries, a brewery, and quaint shops. There's also a popular Japanese garden at the Bloedel Reserve and a vineyard to tickle your fancy.
Price: $8.65 per person.
Why You Should Go: Aside from some top-rated restaurants and quality island time, you can also step aboard and explore one of the largest U.S. navy ships, the USS Turner Joy.
Price: $5.65 per person.
Why You Should Go: This artsy island is known for its Annual Sheepdog Classic where you can see sporty border collies! For beachcombers or hikers, Point Robinson Park is just the spot.
Price: $5.20 per person.
Why You Should Go: With miles of (empty) sandy beaches and trails, you can also explore the Deception Pass State Park or Fort Ebey State Park.
San Juan Island
Price: $14 per person.
Why You Should Go: Whether you want to see a romantic sunset on pebbled beaches, spot an Orca or four from the shore, or go sea kayaking, this is home. This is also the perfect spot for island-hopping to the Orcas, Lopez, Fidalgo, Shaw, and Anacortes.
You can check out more ferry routes and timings at this link.
There's always something to do in the state that loves its outdoors. Whether it's stunning turquoise lakes, massive waterfalls, or just hidden spots that look like exotic islands, there's no shortage of things to do.
The question is, have you found it yet?
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.