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Old 08-16-2014, 09:24 PM   #1
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North Cascades to Sequim Wa

We are currently in North Cascades National park and are headed to the Sequim area next. Have a 33' Coach and am towing a Jeep. What route should I take, ferry or freeway? Would love to miss the Seattle traffic but not sure how the ferry works with an RV?
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Just follow SR20 west to Coupeville and catch a ferry there (about 6 miles ourside town and on the opposite side of the island). Be sure to spend a day or so on Whidbey. You can camp at Fort Casey SP right next to the ferry of there are other options. You are in the 18,000 acre Ebey Historic Reserve beaming with history, art, and farm land.

Ferry reservations are recommended, especially for RVs and trucks. You can make them online or by calling 511. The ferries run every 45 minutes this time of year and the crossing takes about 30 minutes. Occasionally routes are cancelled on this run because of low tides or weather. I think the RV without the jeep will be $50 or 60. You can save a little by unhooking the Jeep because you are only paying over height for the 33 feet instead of the total length.

Stop in Port Townsend too. It is a carming historic town.

The cost of the ferry will more than cover the cost of driving around plus you are no where near Seattle Traffic.

Final note: fill up with gas at the Chevron at the reservation casino before the turn to Whidbey. Gas is expensive over here.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:06 PM   #3
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We did that trip last week. Our tow vehicle and fiver is just on the edge of the 40' limit so the agent gave us the benefit of the doubt. Cost 55 bucks with senior discount, a bargain compared to B.C. ferries. We did the loop and returned by I-5. AAAARGH!!! Seattle traffic is ugly.
As a side note, we stayed at Rainbow's End RV park in Sequim, thoroughly enjoyed it.
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How far in advance do you need to make the reservations? CoupevilleDF, sounds like your a local?
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How far in advance do you need to make the reservations? CoupevilleDF, sounds like your a local?
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The ferry is the from your direction is the Keystone to Port Townsend on the south end of Whidbey Is. Look to the Ferry system web site for the reservation, also you might look for a higher tide crossing for ease of loading and unloading. Reservations are made for a specific time.

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Yes, I am local. I volunteer at the terminal to maintain the grounds.

Prior day should be adequate for reservations, but you can make them quite a while in advance. You can also take your chances without them. You will need separate reservations for the Jeep if you disconnect. The Keystone Cafe across the street has coffee ice cream, and food should you have a long wait. Just make sure you can arrive about 30 to 45 minutes ahead. The system will give you better info on arrival times.

Don't worry too much about tides. They can predict those cancellations. Fog cancellations are usually in the morning, possibly right now since we have fog on the east side of the island.
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How far in advance do you need to make the reservations? CoupevilleDF, sounds like your a local?
Wa State ferries have a great website. Here is their site: WSDOT - Ferries You can check availability and make your reservations accordingly that far in advance.
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Made reservations for tomorrow, thanks everyone
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