Arrive without a drive! Bus to state parks

Bus at Fort Worden

Climb aboard Jefferson Transit for a hassle-free ride to Fort Worden Historical State Park.

Aug. 29, 2018

When you feel like getting out but not behind the wheel, it’s time to leave the driving to bus!

If you don’t feel like driving or simply don’t drive, you still have options to get out and enjoy your Washington state parks. Take a lunch, a friend, the family or even a bike. Many public transportation authorities have stops at or within walking distance of a beautiful state park destination. And when you visit a Washington state park by public transportation, you don't need a Discover Pass!


This blog is the first part of a series spotlighting ways to visit parks by public transportation. Today, we are focusing on the northwest part of the state — from the Seattle area north to the Canadian border.

We plotted each of these stops from the city hall or approximate center of the transportation hub. But you can use the trip planners at each site to set your own course. Some trips may include a mile or less stroll to reach the park. 

Peace Arch in bloom - Alyssa Vincent

You'll have more time to stop and smell the roses when you ride the Whatcom Transit bus to Peace Arch Historical State Park!

Clallam Transit System

Explore the furthest reaches of the Olympic Peninsula aboard the blue and white buses of the Clallam Transit System. Catch some great views of the San Juan Islands (look all you like —you’re not driving), and then stop off at Sequim Bay to hike or even go camping.

Island Transit

Play for a day the island way! Island Transit serves Whidbey and Camano Islands.  Enjoy majestic views, rugged cliffs and captivating sunsets with a relaxing trip to these state park gems.

Jefferson Transit Authority

Ride into history with a visit to the central Peninsula region. Jefferson Transit makes a direct stop at Fort Worden every hour! Take a full day and tour this expansive Victorian-era Army fort. You can even grab dinner at the park’s Guardhouse Pub before you take in the sunset.


Do you wish to fish? Grab your rod and reel and catch the King Count Metro Transit line to Lake Sammamish State Park.

King County Metro Transit

Everyone knows there’s plenty of urban delights to discover in the Seattle area. But you can also get a taste of the country without heading too far out of town. It’s all easy to get to using the expansive King County Metro Transit System.

Use the site trip planner to find your best route to these parks.

Whatcom Transportation Authority

Take a run for the border! Whatcom Transportation takes you within walking distance of two Bellingham-area state parks. A refreshing day at the shore is in store when you take a trip to Birch Bay. Or go a little further and enjoy the gardens at the Peace Arch on the border with our Northern neighbors.

Try a trip!

Looking for a fun overnight trip? Try Travel Washington’s Dungeness line! These luxury coaches — brought to you by the Washington Department of Transportation and Greyhound bus lines — run between Port Angeles and SeaTac twice daily. Buses stop in Port Townsend, Sequim and Discovery Bay. While the buses don’t stop at state parks, you can catch a Clallam Transit bus or shuttle to an Olympic Peninsula area park.

Learn More

Start planning a public transit trip to other parks around the state!
Visit the WSDOT link to other Washington transportation authorities.

Do you have a handy way of visiting state parks without taking your car?
Tell us about it and share your pictures here!

Feature photo courtesy of Jefferson Transit. Roses at Peace Arch photo by Alyssa Vincent.