15 days in Seattle & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

15 days in Seattle & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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15 days in Seattle & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  8​h
1
Seattle
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Detroit

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at LeMay - America's Car Museum and Seattle Art Museum. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Glass and Pacific Science Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Ed Munro Seahurst Park (in Burien), Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie) and Tolmie State Park (in Olympia). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, see the interesting displays at Museum of History & Industry, stroll through Kerry Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Seattle is minus 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tacoma, Snoqualmie Falls, Seahurst Beach Park, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Saint Edward State Park
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Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards ©
Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards

7
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Escape the urban bustle at Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Firehole Canyon Drive. Discover out-of-the-way places like West Thumb Geyser Basin and Upper Geyser Basin. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take some stellar pictures from Observation Point Trail, and take a memorable drive along Grand Loop Road.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 33°F. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Norris Geyser Basin ©
Norris Geyser Basin
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

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