13 days in Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park & Olympic National Park Itinerary

13 days in Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park & Olympic National Park Itinerary

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13 days in Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park & Olympic National Park Itinerary

Start: Seattle
1
Seattle
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
End: Seattle

7
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.
Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Kirkland to see Bridle Trails State Park about 32 minutes away. Dedicate the 27th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Seattle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Bridle Trails State Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
On the 1st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, then admire the sheer force of Narada Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Paradise Valley. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, take a peaceful walk through Grove of the Patriarchs, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Nisqually River.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 53°F in Mount Rainier National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

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

3
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 3rd (Sat), cruise along Hurricane Ridge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Second Beach Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park journey builder .

Traveling by flight from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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