11 days in Humboldt County & Greater Seattle Itinerary

11 days in Humboldt County & Greater Seattle Itinerary

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11 days in Humboldt County & Greater Seattle Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Take a break from the city and head to Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Redwood Highway. Popular historic sites such as The Immortal Tree and Ferndale Historic Cemetery are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trinidad: Fern Cottage (in Ferndale), Hikshari Trail (in Eureka) and Orick (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park & Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Patrick's Point State Park, appreciate the history behind Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room, and cruise along Avenue of the Giants.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Trinidad vacation planner.

San Francisco to Trinidad is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: high temperatures in Trinidad hover around 64°F and lows are around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Ferndale, Eureka, Orick, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Avenue of the Giants
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Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Avenue of the Giants ©
Avenue of the Giants

1
night
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Grove of the Patriarchs and then appreciate the views at Paradise Valley. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, trek along Trail of the Shadows, then stroll through Skyline Trail, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Mount Rainier National Park. Traveling from Trinidad in October, Mount Rainier National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

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

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bruce Lee Grave Site and Snoqualmie Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Point Defiance Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Chihuly Bridge of Glass (in Tacoma) and Tahoma National Cemetery (in Kent). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, walk around Kerry Park, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and shop like a local with Pioneer Square.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Seattle, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Edmonds, Tacoma, Tahoma National Cemetery, Snoqualmie Falls
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Bruce Lee Grave Site ©
Bruce Lee Grave Site
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Point Defiance Park ©
Point Defiance Park

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