15 days in Greater Seattle & Olympic National Park Itinerary

15 days in Greater Seattle & Olympic National Park Itinerary

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15 days in Greater Seattle & Olympic National Park Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Olympia
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City

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 Bruce Lee Grave Site and Saint James Cathedral for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Washington Park Arboretum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie), Tahoma National Cemetery (in Kent) and West Hybloes Wetlands Park (in Federal Way). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and make a trip to Space Needle.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Seattle road trip tool .

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Seattle. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get a bit cooler in Seattle: highs are around 74°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, West Hybloes Wetlands Park, Duthie Hill Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park, Tahoma National Cemetery
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Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bruce Lee Grave Site ©
Bruce Lee Grave Site

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): hike along Box Canyon Loop, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Shadows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Myrtle Falls, then hike along Camp Muir Trail, and then trek along Skyline Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Rainier National Park driving holiday app .

Getting from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mount Rainier National Park, with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Myrtle Falls ©
Myrtle Falls

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park and then explore the striking landscape at Olympic Peninsula. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hoh River Trail and then take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Olympic National Park visit planning site .

Fly from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Olympia.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Olympic Peninsula
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Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Hoh River Trail ©
Hoh River Trail

3
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and Wolf Haven International. Visiting Tolmie State Park and Nisqually Reach Nature Center will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Olympia to Hoodsport to see Staircase Rapids Nature Trail about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Hands On Children's Museum, admire the majestic nature at Millersylvania State Park, appreciate the history behind Washington State Capitol, and identify plant and animal life at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Olympia trip planner .

Take a bus from Olympic National Park to Olympia in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Olympic National Park in June: highs in Olympia hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wolf Haven International, Staircase Rapids Nature Trail
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Wolf Haven International ©
Wolf Haven International
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge ©
Tolmie State Park ©
Tolmie State Park

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