Approximately three and a half hours from our apartment in Capitol Hill, Seattle (I thought I was going to see whales), Mt. Constitution was totally worth it. It is the highest point in the San Juan Islands, about a half mile high above Orcas Island. April is not prime season for whale watching and I definitely recommend wearing a few layers, but it was nice to beat the crowds and take in the views. We left home pretty early, around 8AM.
Quick tip: Reserve your zipcar in advance! Last summer we never found any available zipcars in Seattle when we tried to reserve on a whim. This summer we've already reserved a car for about 5 weekends May through August.
We drove North of Seattle to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal (approximately 1.5 hours from central Seattle) and drove the car right onto the ferry. The ferry ride was approximately 40 minutes to Orcas Island. Once we arrived, we had another 45 minutes drive up the mountain, to the top of Mt. Constitution. The views were STUNNING.
After taking in the views, we drove down back down to Cascade Falls and walked along the the trails. There was so much green, very few people and streams of water.
Quick Tip: Pack sandwiches and snacks! Once we were on the way up the mountain there wasn't much in terms of food and drinks.
I didn't document it, but when we came back down, there was a cute little town near the ferry and we stopped at Doe Bay Wine Co for a tasting. It was $5 per person and we tried three different wines, very nice!
We made our way back to Anacortes on the ferry and enjoyed a yummy Italian dinner at Ciao Bella. We were completely pooped by the time we got home (around 9PM), but it was totally worth it!
Next up, we're headed to Mt. Rainier - stay tuned!