Places to go, people to see..via a ferry ride across Puget Sound. The Washington Department of Transportation operates the ferry system that plies the waters up and down the length of Puget Sound from the San Juan Islands to Olympia. With a fleet of twenty double ended vessels, ours is the largest ferry fleet in the nation and the third largest in the world. The largest of our ferries can accommodate 202 vehicles and 2,500 passengers. The shortest route crosses between Point Defiance in Tacoma to Tahlequah on Vashon Island taking just fifteen minutes. The longest route, crosses between Anacortes and Sidney, B.C., taking about 3 hours.
Here the M/V Tillikum loads vehicles and passengers bound for Fauntleroy in West Seattle. The crossing between Vashon Island and West Seattle takes about 20 minutes. The 310 foot Tillikum can at full capacity accommodate 87 vehicles and 1,200 passengers. I love traveling around the Sound by ferry, but it is a bit expensive. The standard one-way fare for a car and driver is $16.75, but I do splurge once in a while, to feel the brisk wind in your face and sunshine on your back as you watch the gorgeous views of Puget Sound slip by.
Thanks for joining me today, for the view that is right here! ~ Madge
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