BEST CITYSCAPE VIEW
Washington State Ferries
Seattle to Bremerton, WA. You cruise past Bainbridge Island and into Rich Passage before docking in downtown Bremerton next to some classic U.S. Navy vessels. Roam the island a bit, then time your eastbound return across Puget Sound for dusk―the sun setting over the Olympics turns Seattle skyscrapers into molten gold. The one-hour trip runs daily.
FARE: Passengers (round-trip) $6.10, $3 ages 65 and over, $4.90 ages 5-17; vehicle and driver $13.30, $11.75 ages 65 and over.
INFO: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries or 206/464-6400.
BEST WILDLIFE VIEWING
Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, B.C. The perfect way to do a Victoria day trip from Vancouver, B.C., the 95-minute run takes you through Active Pass and past Southern Gulf Islands. Aim for trips departing on the odd hour, which use the sleek new Spirit Class vessels, with observation decks and a stylish buffet. Avoid the day's busy 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. runs. Look for seals and killer whales; said one regular, "Our departure was delayed because a whale pod was swimming past the stern of the vessel."
FARE: Passengers $10.50, $4.21 ages 5-11; vehicles from $28.
INFO: www.bcferries.com, 888/223-3779, or 250/386-3431.