13 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

13 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

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13 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

Start: Cranbrook
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Olympia
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Seattle
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Cranbrook

3
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area and Nisqually Reach Nature Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Olympia: Tacoma (Point Defiance Park & 5 Mile Drive & Trails) and Maury Island Marine Park (in Vashon). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Tumwater Falls Park, appreciate the history behind Washington State Capitol, and view the masterpieces at Childhood's End Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Olympia online trip itinerary builder .

Cranbrook, Canada to Olympia is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cranbrook to Olympia due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tacoma, Tumwater Falls Park, Maury Island Marine Park, Wolf Haven International
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Tumwater Falls Park ©
Tumwater Falls Park
Point Defiance Park ©
Point Defiance Park
5 Mile Drive & Trails ©
5 Mile Drive & Trails

3
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Visiting Skyline Trail and Paradise Valley will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, hike along Burroughs Mountain Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Camp Muir Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mount Rainier National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Olympia to Mount Rainier National Park takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mount Rainier National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) 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

6
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.
Visit Alki Beach and Seahurst Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Duthie Hill Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Lake Wilderness Arboretum (in Maple Valley) and West Hybloes Wetlands Park (in Federal Way). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Space Needle, walk around Mercer Slough Nature Park, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle driving holiday planner.

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in July, with lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Seahurst Beach Park, Juanita Bay Park, Lake Wilderness Arboretum, West Hybloes Wetlands Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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