12 days in Washington State Itinerary

12 days in Washington State Itinerary

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12 days in Washington State Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Winthrop
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Walla Walla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Goldendale
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Ocean Shores
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Forks
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Tram + Fly:  30​h
End: Cape Town

1
night
Winthrop

Winthrop ©
Winthrop is a town in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. On the 21st (Mon), stop by Shotgun Nellie’s, examine the collection at North Cascade Smokejumper Base, then do a tasting at Lost River Winery, and finally trek along Falls Creek Falls Trail Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Shafer Historical Museum, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Winthrop Twin Lakes Loop, and then admire the verdant scenery at Methow Valley.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Winthrop trip maker tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Winthrop is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Winthrop is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in October, expect Winthrop to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Walla Walla.

Things to do in Winthrop

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Lost River Winery
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North Cascade Smokejumper Base ©
North Cascade Smokejumper Base
Methow Valley ©
Methow Valley
Shafer Historical Museum ©
Shafer Historical Museum

1
night
Walla Walla

Walla Walla ©
Walla Walla is the largest city in and the county seat of Walla Walla County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): shop like a local with Art Gallery at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, learn about winemaking at Walla Walla Vintners, then take an in-depth tour of Fort Walla Walla Museum, and finally do a tasting at Rulo Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick Church, see the interesting displays at Dayton Historical Depot Museum, learn about winemaking at Dumas Station Wines, then learn about winemaking at College Cellars, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kirkman House Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Walla Walla trip planner .

Drive from Winthrop to Walla Walla in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Winthrop in October, Walla Walla is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goldendale.

Things to do in Walla Walla

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Dayton
Highlights from your plan
Kirkman House Museum ©
Kirkman House Museum
Dayton Historical Depot Museum ©
Dayton Historical Depot Museum
Walla Walla Vintners ©
Walla Walla Vintners

1
night
Goldendale

Goldendale ©
Goldendale is a rural agricultural city and county seat of Klickitat County, Washington, United States, near the Columbia River Gorge. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Maryhill Winery, explore the world behind art at Maryhill Museum of Art, then take an in-depth tour of Presby Museum, and finally look and learn at Goldendale Observatory State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Goldendale day trip tool .

Getting from Walla Walla to Goldendale by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ocean Shores.

Things to do in Goldendale

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Maryhill Winery ©
Maryhill Winery
Goldendale Observatory State Park ©
Goldendale Observatory State Park
Maryhill Museum of Art ©
Maryhill Museum of Art

1
day
Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores ©
Ocean Shores is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. On the 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Coastal Interpretive Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Fusions Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the North Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Sandphifer Gallery, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elk Head Brewery.

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

You can drive from Goldendale to Ocean Shores in 5 hours. Traveling from Goldendale in October, expect nights in Ocean Shores to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Forks.

Things to do in Ocean Shores

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trips

Sandphifer Gallery, Museum of the North Beach
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the North Beach ©
Museum of the North Beach
Sandphifer Gallery ©
Sandphifer Gallery
Fusions Gallery ©
Fusions Gallery

1
night
Forks

Forks ©
Forks is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Forks Timber Museum, then see the interesting displays at John's Beachcombing Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Tree Root Cave.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Forks trip planning website .

You can drive from Ocean Shores to Forks in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Forks

Museums Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Forks Timber Museum ©
Forks Timber Museum
John's Beachcombing Museum ©
John's Beachcombing Museum
Forks Chamber of Commerce ©
Forks Chamber of Commerce

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, admire the masterpieces at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, and then examine the collection at The Whale Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at San Juan Historical Society and Museum, view the masterpieces at Island Studios, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor day trip planning tool .

Getting from Forks to Friday Harbor by car takes about 5.5 hours. In October in Friday Harbor, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trip

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
San Juan Islands Sculpture Park ©
San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Island Studios ©
Island Studios

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