13 days in Washington State Itinerary
13 days in Washington State Itinerary
Start: New York City
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
Bus to March's Point, Ferry to Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Seattle Boeing Field, Foot to Seattle
— 4 nights
End: New York City
Mon, Aug 8 - Sat, Aug 20
Mount Rainier National Park — 1 night
The star attraction of Mt.On the 8th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Paradise Valley, hike along Skyline Trail, then stroll through Trail of the Shadows, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls.
To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park itinerary planning website.
New York City to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Mount Rainier National Park dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.
Olympic National Park — 5 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.Change things up with a short trip to Merriman Falls in Quinault (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, explore the activities along Hoh River, take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sol Duc Falls.
To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip itinerary planning site.
Explore your travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park with the Route module. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island — 2 nights
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.Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Westcott Bay Shellfish Co., then find something for the whole family at Zip San Juan, and then get a taste of life in the country at Horseshu Guest Ranch.
To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Friday Harbor road trip planning tool.
Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Friday Harbor are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seattle.
Seattle — 4 nights
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.Seattle is known for museums, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Woodland Park Zoo.
For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle travel itinerary planner.
Fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In August, Seattle is a bit warmer than Friday Harbor - with highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Washington State travel guide
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.