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Explore the Sound


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Morrena Villanueva

The Seattle-based company Clipper Navigation has charted the perfect routes around the Puget Sound, connecting the city to all the wonders Washington and Canada have to offer. From whale watching in the San Juans to wandering around the Butchart Gardens, there is a variety of day trips and extended getaways perfect for the whole family.

1. Seattle to San Juan Islands: Whale Watching & Sealife Search Day Trip
This day trip from Seattle to the San Juan Islands for whale watching has you traveling through the Puget Sound and Deception Pass in search of its resident orca whale pods. Passengers have been known to spot orca, minke and humpback whales, in addition to migratory birds, bald eagles, porpoise, seals, otters and other wildlife. Also included is a stop in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, where visitors have the remainder of the day to explore the town.

2. Victoria Day Trip with a visit to the Butchart Gardens
Explore Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. Over a century ago Jennie Butchart began transforming the 55 acres of abandoned lime quarry into the breathtaking sunken gardens that continue to thrive today. Enjoy the fresh air and lush floral colors with your family on the self-guided family walk.

3. Victoria Day Trip with Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress has been a tradition since 1908. Enjoy handmade signature scones, fruit, pastries and tea in the hotel’s world-renowned tea lobby. Spend the rest of your day exploring Victoria’s shops and other attractions before returning to Seattle in the evening. Hotel nights are available as well.

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