11 days in Seattle & San Juan Islands Itinerary

11 days in Seattle & San Juan Islands Itinerary

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11 days in Seattle & San Juan Islands Itinerary

Start: Bismarck
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Eastsound, Orcas Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Bismarck

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Blue Whole Gallery and Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seahurst Beach Park and Alki Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Chimacum (Finnriver Orchard & Cider Gardens & Finnriver), Tacoma (LeMay - America's Car Museum & Owen Beach) and Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards, admire the striking features of Sky View Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, and get your game on at Wings Over Washington.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip site .

Bismarck to Seattle is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Bismarck in June, you will find days in Seattle are a bit cooler (74°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Eastsound.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tacoma, Chimacum, Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards, Blue Whole Gallery, Seahurst Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

2
nights
Eastsound, Orcas Island

Eastsound ©
Eastsound is an unincorporated community on Orcas Island in San Juan County, Washington, United States.Eastsound is the largest population center on Orcas Island, the second-most populated and physically largest of the San Juan Islands. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Moran State Park, learn about winemaking at Orcas Island Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Judd Cove, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Island Hoppin' Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Orcas Island Artworks, relax in the rural setting at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, get a taste of the local shopping with Crow Valley Pottery, then look for gifts at Darvill's Bookstore, and finally savor the flavors at Orcas Island Farmers Market.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Eastsound journey site .

You can drive from Seattle to Eastsound in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Seattle in June, with highs in Eastsound at 66°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Eastsound

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Olga, Judd Cove
Highlights from your plan
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park
Orcas Island Winery ©
Orcas Island Winery
Orcas Island Artworks ©
Orcas Island Artworks

3
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Whale Museum and Island Studios. Escape the urban bustle at Lime Kiln Point State Park and San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Pelindaba Lavender Friday Harbor, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, view the masterpieces at Arctic Raven Gallery, and head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Friday Harbor online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Eastsound to Friday Harbor takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Friday Harbor can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

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