11 days in Mount Rainier National Park, San Juan Islands & Olympic National Park Itinerary

11 days in Mount Rainier National Park, San Juan Islands & Olympic National Park Itinerary

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Fly to Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Drive to Mount Rainier National Park
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Friday Harbor, Ferry to Orcas Island
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Orcas Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Anacortes, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to William R Fairchild International Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo

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Mount Rainier National Park — 3 nights

The star attraction of Mt.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Rainier and Paradise Valley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skyline Trail and Narada Falls. Take a break from Mount Rainier National Park with a short trip to Ashford Creek Pottery in Ashford, about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Grove of the Patriarchs.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park sightseeing planner.

Kalamazoo to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kalamazoo in June; daily highs in Mount Rainier National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Orcas Island.
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Orcas Island — 2 nights

On the 18th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Turtleback Mountain, don't miss a visit to Orcas Island Pottery, and then relax in the rural setting at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm.

Find out how to plan Orcas Island trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Orcas Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Orcas Island are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Friday Harbor.
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island — 2 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cattle Point and The Farm at Krystal Acres. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Springtide Paddlesports. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan, and relax in the rural setting at Pelindaba Lavender Farm.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Friday Harbor travel site.

You can ride a ferry from Orcas Island to Friday Harbor in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.
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Olympic National Park — 3 nights

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Quinault Big Spruce Tree and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Quinault. On your second day here, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park and then take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park travel planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or ride a ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Olympic National Park can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You will leave for home on the 24th (Fri).
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San Juan Islands travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · State Parks · Landmarks
Experience island living Pacific Northwest-style by visiting the San Juan Islands. Of the 176 named islands here, Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan are the three that cater to visitors. Orca whales roam the waters from April to September, and rolling farmland inland gives way to small coastal towns filled with art galleries and boutiques. The islands' small mountains offer vistas over the water to the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic mountain range. The island region offers prime sea kayaking, biking tours, birding, and saltwater fishing. The populated isles attract a lot of summer tourism but remain quiet the remainder of the year.
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