The state of Washington is home to some of the top attractions in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors headed there can check out the Space Needle in Seattle, Spokane’s Riverfront Park, Dry Falls in Central Washington, Dungeness Spit on the Olympic Peninsula, Grand Coulee Dam in North Central Washington, and Mt. Rainier or even Mt. St. Helens in the Cascade Mountains. The state of Washington also owns and operates something that is a top attraction in the state too.
The ferry system operated by the Washington State Department of Transportation is the largest passenger and automobile ferry system in the United States. In fact, it is the third largest in the world when comparing fleet size. Carrying upwards of 11 million vehicles annually, Washington State Ferries is the largest carrier in the world.
The ferry system operates ships all over Puget Sound, allowing travelers to reach Seattle, Edmonds, Anacortes, the San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, the Olympic Peninsula, and more. The ferry system has been recognized and earned awards over the years for the job it does too. It is an essential part of transportation in Washington State.
Washington State Ferries is more than just a mode of transportation though, it is an attraction itself. Visitors can board the ferry for a ride of anywhere from a half hour to well over an hour and along the way they can enjoy the open water and all the scenery that comes with it. They will be able to view and photograph all kinds of watercraft, including everything from small sailboats to large ocean freighters and ocean going cruise ships. They will also see some incredible scenery that includes Mount Rainier, the Seattle skyline, small islands on Puget Sound, impressive waterfront homes, and more. There is even a good chance that they will see wildlife out on the open water too.
Getting on board one of the many vessels that make up the Washington State Ferry System can be a real treat. Spending an hour out on the water, seeing some great sights, relaxing in the open air, or wandering around and checking out a large ship can be a lot of fun. Regardless if a visitor has never ridden a ferry before or if they are a regular rider, a trip on one of these great ferries can add a lot to any vacation in Washington State.