Every summer, thousands of tourists travel to Vancouver Island from Seattle on the famous Victoria Clipper ferry right into our Inner Harbour.

But did you know that Seattle has quickly become a prime vacation location for us islanders too?

This thriving Pacific Northwest city is home to some of North America’s finest food, drink, and entertainment establishments – and its close proximity to Victoria is just an added bonus!

As it turns out, British Columbians get an especially low price to travel there via Clipper Vacations! Round trips start at just $119, and you want to stay in Seattle overnight they have quite an attractive offer.

You’ll probably want to spend at least a weekend in this city! In addition to having several seasonal attractions during the year, there’s always something to eat, see and do for everyone all year around!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1 – See the Terra Cotta Warriors

This unique and fully immersive display of the Terra Cotta Warriors of the First Emperor is one of only two exhibits of its kind in North America. Explore the hitherto undiscovered artifacts entombed with the First Emperor of China, all while taking advantage of this Seattle overnight package!

2 – Explore Pike Place Market

This picturesque market first opened in August 1907 and is one of the oldest public markets in America! Find out first hand what makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Seattle, with over 10 million annual visitors!

3 – Check out Bumbershoot – September 1-3

Join thousands of people from across the continent heading to Seattle Center for this huge, beloved festival. Almost half a century old, Bumbershoot showcases the best in comedy, dance, film, literary arts, music, performing arts, theatre, visual arts and more. Though it’s expanded over the years, now bringing in some of the world’s most famous artists, it’s also maintained its innovative Northwest spirit.

4 – Taste a bit of everything at Bite of Seattle – July 21-23

This annual showcase of Seattle’s best and tastiest cuisines is sure to excite even the most seasoned taste buds. Celebrate the end of the month with a bite from over 60 restaurants and vendors!

5 – Tour the Museum of Pop Culture

Pop in and say hi to Bowie, Spock, and Harry Potter, all in the same place! Located next to the iconic Seattle Space Needle, MoPop is home to some of the most coveted pop culture memorabilia of our time.

6 – Speaking of the Space Needle…

Enjoy a bird’s eye view from Seattle’s iconic 520 ft tall landmark. Head up to the observation deck and then access to a free digital download from the SpaceShots Photography department!

Clipper Vacations also has an exclusive deal for you! Experience two beloved Seattle attractions at “golden hour” and soak in jaw-dropping views. First, check out the Chihuly Garden and Glass, then enjoy a one-of-a-kind sunset from the Space Needle, overlooking the entire city.

7 – Find your sound at the Capitol Hill Block Party – July 22-23

Be a part of one of the biggest summer music festivals of the year! This July, experience the musical stylings of Diplo, Jai Wolf, Snakehips and more, right in the heart of Seattle. Book your tickets now!

8 – Experience ZooTunes – a Seattle Summer tradition


This summer, join the locals in Seattle as they flock to North Meadow in Woodland Park Zoo to enjoy some outdoor live music and save the animals at the same time! Happening throughout the summer, proceeds from these concerts go to award-winning wildlife conservation and education projects.

9 – Be transported to Havana for a night – July 29

Celebrate the food, culture, music, and traditions of Cuba without ever leaving the continent! The end of July in Seattle brings with it one of the biggest and most authentic Caribbean parties we’ve ever seen – you can’t miss it!

10 – Visit a real live troll under a bridge

There aren’t many communities in the world that can say they have a troll under their bridge! Seattle’s very own Fremont Troll is a must-see tourist destination that’s fun for the whole family.

11 – Caffeine up at the First Starbucks in the World

If you follow us, you know how much we love our Starbucks coffee! So this one deserves a special mention. Located in Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks location can be spotted by its long line-ups at almost any hour of the day!

12 – Take your turn atop the Seattle Great Wheel

Stay away from this one if you’re afraid of heights! One of the largest Ferris wheels on the west coast, the Seattle Great Wheel stands at a whopping 175 ft and offers some of the best views of the city.

13 – Taste the best beers in the city with a Brewery tour

Last but not least, this adult-only attraction (remember, drinking age is 21+ in the States) features a three-hour comprehensive tour of three of the best breweries in the city! They even give you a pint glass souvenir to remind you of your experience.

These are but a few of the countless adventures that await you this summer in Seattle.

So book your Clipper Vacations tour today, and get this party started!



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