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
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Pioneer Square and Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home. Get some cultural insight at Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: Jimi Hendrix Grave Site (in Renton), Patterson Cellars (in Woodinville) and Hindu Temple & Cultural Center (in Bothell). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, enjoy the sea views from Point No Point Lighthouse & Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bruce Lee Grave Site, and admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seattle trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Seattle Tacoma International Airport and Boeing Field King County International Airport. In August in Seattle, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Renton, Tacoma, Edmonds Historical Museum, Point No Point Lighthouse & Park, Patterson Cellars - Hollywood Hill
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll through Skyline Trail, then see the interesting displays at Longmire Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Narada Falls. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, take a peaceful walk through Grove of the Patriarchs, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Nisqually River.

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You can take a train from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seattle in August since evenings lows in Mount Rainier National Park dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Longmire Museum ©
Longmire Museum
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier

3
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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 27th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge and then trek along Second Beach Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then kick back and relax at Ruby Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in August, you will find days in Olympic National Park are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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