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The Best Cheap Boat Trips: Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula

I’m not a cruiser or a yachtie, but I love getting a good look at the land from the water when I travel. Can you recommend some memorable–and affordable–public ferry rides in North America?

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A:Washington State Ferries runs a handful of routes from the Seattle area across Puget Sound: Edmonds to Kingston, Seattle to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton, West Seattle to Southworth. On a clear day, all of them come with horizon-wide views of the Olympic Range. Even when it’s socked in, there’s something wonderful about leaving the big city, incubating on a foggy ferry boat, and then emerging on the doorstep of Olympic National Park.

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