An easy overnight excursion from Seattle, Victoria is the capital of British Columbia located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Victoria is a beautiful city, loaded with gardens and retaining an old British charm that you don’t find in nearby Vancouver.
From Seattle, you can take the Victoria Clipper, a high-speed passenger ferry that takes you on a scenic 3.5 hour trip through the Puget Sound and to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. (Note the cool British spelling of the word “harbour.”) You’ll get the most out of the trip if you make it an overnight trip, or maybe a weekend to take in more of the city. At a minimum, make sure that you make it there in time for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel or maybe a stroll through Butchart Gardens.