You don't need a car in Victoria because most things are walking distance from the inner harbor and there is excellent public transportation if you'd like to make an excursion to Craigdarroch Castle or the famous Butchart Gardens.
Victoria in 3 hours: http://www.clippervacations.com/clipper-ferry/.
You can also take a Kenmore Air float plane directly to Victoria.
Or, if you prefer to have your car in Victoria, you can take a Washington State ferry from Anacortes to Sydney, BC, then drive 30 minutes south to Victoria.
If you are not a U.S. citizen or Greencard holder, you might need a Visa from the Canadian consulate to visit Victoria. You can find more information about whether you need a travel visa here:
Canadian Consulate in Seattle: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/seattle/index.aspx?view=d
(If you are not a U.S. citizen or Greencard holder, you might need a Visa from the Canadian consulate. )
(If you are not a U.S. citizen or Greencard holder, you might need a Visa from the Canadian consulate.)
Mt. Rainier National Park- Every Seattleite's favorite mountain! Great hikes, camping, historic lodges, and beautiful wildflower meadows during the summer.
Olympic National Park- Beautiful hikes, mountains, scenery, camping, historic park lodges, hot springs, and a rain forest. Perfect for a day-trip or an overnight stay.
The San Juan Islands are a group of islands, including Orcas Island, Lopez Island, San Juan Island, Shaw Island, and several other smaller islands. The islands are very natural and beautiful with plenty of opportunities for exploring the outdoors, such as hiking, biking, kayaking, whale watching, and more.
Friday Harbor is a great place to visit on San Juan Island. There are cute shops, whale watching boats, kayak rentals, and more, all within walking distance of the ferry landing. There are many
great B&B's (Bed & Breakfast Inns), if you plan to spend the night. You can also explore the island by car or by shuttle bus and visit the lavender farm, Alpaca farm, or perhaps try zip-lining!
Lopez and Shaw Islands are popular for bicyclists because of their flat terrain and less populated nature.
If you walk-on, you don't have to wait in line with the cars (you leave your car in the parking lot in Anacortes). It's easy because you don't need a reservation and you don't need to wait in line, but remember that you won't have a car when you get to the islands, so you'll need to plan to walk, bike, or take taxis when you get there! You can bring your bike on the ferry, if you like.
If you want to splurge and have a fun adventure, you can take a Kenmore Air float plane to the islands. It leaves from Lake Union and lands right at the dock on San Juan or Orcas Island, in just 45 minutes. It's the fastest way to get to the islands, and it's a really cool experience!
You can find more information about all of the islands here:
Link to ferry info: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/
Link to Kenmore Air float planes: http://www.kenmoreair.com/