10 days in Chicago & Washington State Itinerary

10 days in Chicago & Washington State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly
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Seattle
— 3 nights
Foot to Seattle Boeing Field, Fly to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Fly to Everett, Drive to Port Townsend
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Port Townsend
— 1 night
Drive to Everett, Fly to Spokane

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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: South Bend (University of Notre Dame & Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, and walk around Millennium Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago route tool.

Spokane to Chicago is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Spokane to Chicago. While traveling from Spokane, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Get outdoors at Discover Nature and Discovery Park. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and don't miss a visit to Space Needle.

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Traveling by flight from Chicago to Seattle takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Seattle, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in March, with highs in Seattle at 56°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 1 night
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the history at American Camp and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Friday Harbor trip tool.

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Port Townsend.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Port Townsend

— 1 night
Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then see majestic marine mammals with Puget Sound Express, and then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Worden State Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Port Townsend vacation maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Friday Harbor to Port Townsend in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Townsend

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Washington State travel guide

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Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.