13 days in Washington State Itinerary

13 days in Washington State Itinerary

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13 days in Washington State Itinerary

Start: Santa Ana
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Vancouver
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Travel:  3​h 30​min
4
Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Anacortes, Fidalgo Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Santa Ana

1
night
Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of George C. Marshall House, and then trek along Lacamas Park Trail. On the next day, stroll through Eagle Creek Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Beacon Rock, and then go for a walk through Wintler Community Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Vancouver holiday maker tool .

Santa Ana to Vancouver is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Ana in September, with highs in Vancouver at 75°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Beacon Rock, Eagle Creek Trail, Lacamas Park Trail
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Beacon Rock ©
Beacon Rock
Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site ©
Eagle Creek Trail ©
Eagle Creek Trail

1
night
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hike along Box Canyon Loop, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, and then admire the sheer force of Myrtle Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Vancouver to Mount Rainier National Park in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mount Rainier National Park can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can fly to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Box Canyon Loop ©
Box Canyon Loop
Myrtle Falls ©
Myrtle 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hurricane Ridge and Ruby Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Olympic National Park. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake and stroll through Rialto Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Olympic National Park travel route builder website .

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oak Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach

1
night
Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island

Oak Harbor ©
Oak Harbor is a city located on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Fort Casey State Park, then learn about all things military at PBY-Naval Air Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Deception Pass State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Oak Harbor trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Oak Harbor with the Route module. In September, daily temperatures in Oak Harbor can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anacortes.

Things to do in Oak Harbor

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Fort Casey State Park
Highlights from your plan
Deception Pass State Park ©
Deception Pass State Park
Fort Casey State Park ©
Fort Casey State Park
PBY-Naval Air Museum ©
PBY-Naval Air Museum

1
night
Anacortes, Fidalgo Island

Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. On the 19th (Thu), walk around Washington Park, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll around Causland Memorial Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Anacortes online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Oak Harbor to Anacortes takes an hour. September in Anacortes sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Anacortes

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Washington Park ©
Washington Park
Causland Memorial Park ©
Causland Memorial Park

2
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
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.
On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Kiln Point State Park, and then admire the masterpieces at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to English Camp, then deepen your knowledge of military history at American Camp, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor planning site .

You can drive from Anacortes to Friday Harbor in 2 hours. In September in Friday Harbor, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bruce Lee Grave Site, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Snoqualmie Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at LeMay - America's Car Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Bloedel Reserve.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Friday Harbor in September since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, LeMay - America's Car Museum, Bloedel Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

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