13 days in Greater Seattle & Mackinaw City Itinerary

13 days in Greater Seattle & Mackinaw City Itinerary

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13 days in Greater Seattle & Mackinaw City Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+2
Fly + tram + shuttle:  10​h 30​min
1
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Seattle
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  10​h
3
Mackinaw City
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Mount Rainier National Park is known for nature, trails, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, take in the dramatic scenery at Myrtle Falls, trek along Trail of the Shadows, and stroll through Skyline Trail.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park itinerary builder website .

Detroit to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 49°F in Mount Rainier National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

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

5
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.
Dedicate the 6th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and explore and take pictures at Safeco Field.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seattle visit planner .

Traveling by train from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Seattle, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)), Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Awakon Park (in Onaway). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mackinaw City trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to Mackinaw City in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Mackinaw City is 3 hours. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect Mackinaw City to be a bit cooler, temps between 55°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paradise, Saint Ignace, Manistique, Soo Locks, Awakon Park
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Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

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