10 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

10 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

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10 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

Start: Seattle
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Olympia
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h
3
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
End: Seattle

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum. Visiting Snoqualmie Falls and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Arboretum, and don't miss a visit to Space Needle.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Seattle. In September in Seattle, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to LeMay - America's Car Museum and Museum of Glass. Let the collections at Hands On Children's Museum and Washington State History Museum capture your imagination. Explore Olympia's surroundings by going to Tacoma (Chihuly Bridge of Glass, 5 Mile Drive & Trails, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, hunt for treasures at Farmers Market, and admire all the interesting features of Nisqually Reach Nature Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Olympia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seattle to Olympia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Seattle in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Olympia, with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Tacoma, Wolf Haven International, Tumwater Falls Park
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LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Hands On Children's Museum ©
Hands On Children's Museum

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Trail of the Shadows, admire the verdant scenery at Paradise Valley, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Grove of the Patriarchs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Comet Falls, then trek along Skyline Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mount Rainier National Park road trip website .

Traveling by bus from Olympia to Mount Rainier National Park takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Grove of the Patriarchs ©
Grove of the Patriarchs
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier

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