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

Created using Inspirock Washington State travel planner
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rainier and Paradise Valley. Explore hidden gems such as Skyline Trail and Grove of the Patriarchs. Go for a jaunt from Mount Rainier National Park to Ashford to see Ashford Creek Pottery about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Narada Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park planner.

Kalamazoo to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Mount Rainier National Park. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kalamazoo in August since evenings lows in Mount Rainier National Park dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Orcas Island.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip

Orcas Island — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Turtleback Mountain, don't miss a visit to Orcas Island Pottery, and then experience rural life at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Orcas Island trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Mount Rainier National Park to Orcas Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and ferry. When traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Orcas Island, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Friday Harbor.
Parks · Nature

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.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Cattle Point. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park and The Farm at Krystal Acres. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Springtide Paddlesports, find something for the whole family at Zip San Juan, and experience rural life at Pelindaba Lavender Farm.

Before you visit Friday Harbor, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can ride a ferry from Orcas Island to Friday Harbor in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Quinault Big Spruce Tree and then get outside with Lake Quinault. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park and then take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or ride a ferry. August in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. You will leave for home on the 17th (Wed).
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

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.