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Old 07-04-2015, 06:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience taking the Port Townsend Ferry to the 101 as opposed to taking the 5 thru Seattle? We are in Anacortes now and took the 5 north thru Seattle to get here and the traffic was horrific. We see that we can take the 20 westbound to the Port Townsend Ferry, then the Ferry to the 20 to the 101and then head south to get to Astoria, but don't know if it's any better.

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Old 07-04-2015, 07:48 PM   #2
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First, Get a reservation.

Second, if you have a toad and second driver, make a separate reservation for it and disconnect before you arrive. That will save you a few bucks.

Third, check the tide tables and try to schedule your trip for mid tide. You will be less likely to drag loading or unloading.

Once you get to the other side stop and enjoy Port Townsend. For that matter, stop in historic Coupeville if you have time.

The roads on the peninsula are mostly two lane but should not be a problem. You have the choice of going around the peninsula, a pleasant drive but long, or heading south to Shelton. That is also a scenic drive and a bit shorter.

From Shelton, you have the choice of heading back to I-5 or heading to the coast (my preference). If you go around the peninsula, you may as well stick to the coastal route.

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Old 07-04-2015, 08:18 PM   #3
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If you have the time take 20 to 101 to Port Angeles,Forks, Aberdeen, Raymond, Long Beach then Astoria. A Nice drive if you are not in a hurry and there are plenty of places to camp along the way. We probably do this at least every couple of years of so. Usually go up via Olympia and take the loop back. It's not fast but it is enjoyable. Ferry rides are nice but rather expensive with an RV. You can cover the cost of the ferry ride and have a nice trip if you have the time.
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I agree with CoupevilleDF.

I have made that trip on Highway 20 to Port Townsend on the ferry and then on to Highway101 and then south at least a hundred times with many different vehicles including 2 Class A's. It is a much more pleasant and beautiful journey than going on I 5.

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Old 07-04-2015, 10:40 PM   #5
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We live in Anacortes (Skyline) and if we're going down the coast, we wouldn't consider driving through the Seattle area traffic mess, even on I-405. Although the Coupeville-PT ferry isn't cheap it saves a lot of gas and a lot of hassle.

We've used another alternative to the east, through Monroe, and I'll look into the details and post later.
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Hey, thanks to everyone for their help. We did take a quick ride in the toad down to the Ferry, so that all looks good. We're here until Thursday, so appreciate everyone's help.

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