11 days in Washington State Itinerary

11 days in Washington State Itinerary

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11 days in Washington State Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Port Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Olympia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Port Angeles

Port Angeles ©
Port Angeles is a city in and the county seat of Clallam County, Washington, United States. Visiting Hurricane Ridge and Olympic National Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Port Angeles side-trips: Olympic National Park (Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive & Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center). And it doesn't end there: hike along Second Beach Trail, take a leisurely stroll along Port Angeles City Pier, get a taste of the local shopping with Washington Lavender, and explore the activities along Crescent Lake.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Angeles trip planner .

Washington DC to Port Angeles is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Port Angeles is minus 3 hours. In May, Port Angeles is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Port Angeles

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Olympic National Park
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Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Second Beach Trail ©
Second Beach Trail

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
On the 26th (Sun), trek along Skyline Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Narada Falls, take an in-depth tour of Longmire Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Comet Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park holiday site .

You can fly from Port Angeles to Mount Rainier National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Mount Rainier National Park, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Olympia.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls

1
night
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. On the 28th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Tumwater Falls Park, then examine the collection at Olympic Flight Museum, and then stroll through Tolmie State Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Olympia road trip planning tool .

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympia by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Olympia can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Tumwater Falls Park
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Tolmie State Park ©
Tolmie State Park
Tumwater Falls Park ©
Tumwater Falls Park
Olympic Flight Museum ©
Olympic Flight Museum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. Step out of the city life by going to Alki Beach and Green Lake Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stop by Elliott Bay Book Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Woodland Park Zoo, and take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Olympia to Seattle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Olympia in May since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Museums
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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