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Old 02-05-2020, 07:02 PM   #1
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Will be staying in Bothell - 30 miles north east of Seattle near I405; then on to the Sequim area. Any suggestions on best way to get there. Will be traveling in 32 ft. Motorhome towing a Honda CRV. Thanks
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Old 02-05-2020, 07:10 PM   #2
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I'd take the direct route that Google Maps suggests.
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Old 02-05-2020, 10:26 PM   #3
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We've always went from Tacoma on 16 toward Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, etc. It was always a pleasant drive.
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Old 02-05-2020, 11:17 PM   #4
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The most direct way is 405 to 525, ferry to Whidbey Island, then a second ferry to Port Townsend. You can skip the first ferry by going north on I 5 and coming down Whidbey on SR20. That's a scenic drive and there's lots to see on Whidbey. The ferries will be about $50 or so each. You may save money by driving the car on separately. Be sure to get reservations for the Coupeville to Port Townsend leg.

There are other ferry options, or as said, drive around. It's a tradeoff between gas and tolls,,,,and time.
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The most direct way is 405 to 525, ferry to Whidbey Island, then a second ferry to Port Townsend. You can skip the first ferry by going north on I 5 and coming down Whidbey on SR20. That's a scenic drive and there's lots to see on Whidbey. The ferries will be about $50 or so each. You may save money by driving the car on separately. Be sure to get reservations for the Coupeville to Port Townsend leg.

There are other ferry options, or as said, drive around. It's a tradeoff between gas and tolls,,,,and time.

this. ^^^

No point in driving 60 miles south on the I5 corridor just to drive 60 miles back north just to take some long bridges -- unless the Tacoma Narrows bridge and the floating bridge over Hood Canal are on your bucket list. Keep in mind that the canal bridge raises for navy traffic and they don't announce the passings. I've been held up for over an hour while a submarine and its entourage went through. It's also barricaded during high winds.

My 40' DP costs about $55 to ride the ferries in the summer. We're on winter ferry schedule now, so your shorty will be less. That reservation for Pt. Townsend mentioned above is a really good idea -- no reservations on the Mukilteo end. The ferry gets cancelled a lot due to tides, currents, and weather. If it does and you don't have a reservation, you can be sitting on the dock for several sailings. Also, the Pt. Townsend ferry doesn't run as late as others. The reservation is your reality check for the schedule and known cancellations.

Mind the ferry lane signs and don't cut the line. Lane violations and line cuts are serious violations and the rules are posted. The people you cut off have the WSP on speed-dial. They'll pull you out of line and delay you. They may ask you about jerry cans and propane tanks. Answer truthfully and follow directions.

I prefer the Mukilteo ferry on the south end of Whidbey Island to the bridge over deception pass on the north end. The bridge was built for Model A's and can be intimidating for anything long and wide. There are no shoulders, and it's about an 800' drop. That said, full-sized semis do it all the time, so it's a matter of your nerves.

If you come from Mukilteo, the cheapest gas is at the Safeway in Pt. Townsend, about a half mile from the ferry dock as you head for the bluff out of town. If you come over Deception Pass, there is a casino just before the cutoff for highway 20 at Anacortes. Cheap gas there. Expensive food. Otherwise, about halfway between the Anacortes cutoff and Oak Harbor, in the middle of nothing, on the left, is also cheap gas.

When you get over the hill, the intersection of highway 20 and 101 has an old roadhouse called Fat Smitty's. If it's close to lunchtime, it's a bit of a tradition to stop there. One Fat Smitty burger feeds me and the kids. Of course that's not the only thing they serve. They do cash only. A few hundred feet north on 101 is the old "Discovery Bay Train." It's a collection of stranded railroad cars -- cabooses mostly -- that engage in fly-by-night shops and artist collectives. Right now it seems to be a cannabis dispensary.

That's all I've got. I'm a few miles from the intersection of 525 and 20. Get in touch if you need anything while you're on the island.
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Old 02-06-2020, 09:20 PM   #6
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Hey, thanks to all who responded. Excellent information and very much appreciated. Haven been wanting to do this trip for a long time. Happy and safe travels to all.
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You might also consider the Edmonds-Kingston ferry. It's not very far south of Bothell.

You don't say when you were traveling. If it's early April the good, and bad news for travel in Skagit county is the Tulip Festival. It's great if you want to look at flowers, but traffic can get bad, especially on weekends.

You won't have any issues with Deception Pass bridge if you go that route. The Swinomish Casino on HW20, mentioned for fuel above, has a nice campground on the water. There's also a nice state park campground, Ft. Casey, at the Pt. Townsend-Keystone (ok, Coupville) ferry. Don't be fooled, the ferry isn't in Coupville.
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Whichever route you take, a stop at Fat Smitty's is worth it. Kind of dive-y, but the staff is very friendly, the food excellent, and portions are big. You won't feel like eating for quite a while afterward. Mmm!
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Going to John Wayne's?

Nice area.

We have gone both ways, but the ferry way is nicer we thought. Less traffic and as said before, shorter. Depending on how long you have to wait for ferries, it may not be quicker.

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The most direct way is 405 to 525, ferry to Whidbey Island, then a second ferry to Port Townsend. You can skip the first ferry by going north on I 5 and coming down Whidbey on SR20. That's a scenic drive and there's lots to see on Whidbey. The ferries will be about $50 or so each. You may save money by driving the car on separately. Be sure to get reservations for the Coupeville to Port Townsend leg.

There are other ferry options, or as said, drive around. It's a tradeoff between gas and tolls,,,,and time.
Ditto. Much better than looping around to the south.
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You didn't say the fastest, so I'd say the "best" way is very subjective. My choice would be the Anacortes ferry to San Juan Island, stay a couple of days there, then continue on to Sydney, visit the Butchart Gardens and Victoria and then the ferry across the Straits to Port Angeles.
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We've always went from Tacoma on 16 toward Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, etc. It was always a pleasant drive.
^^^Best option without taking the ferry. Usually quicker too.
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