15 days in Washington State Itinerary

15 days in Washington State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Washington State vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Port Townsend
— 1 night
Drive
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Anacortes, Fidalgo Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Seattle Boeing Field, Foot to Beacon Ave S & 27th Ave S
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Seattle
— 4 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park

— 1 night
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Nisqually River and then take a peaceful walk through Grove of the Patriarchs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): appreciate the views at Paradise Valley, then trek along Skyline Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park travel route website.

Detroit to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 10-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. Traveling from Detroit in August, plan for little chillier nights in Mount Rainier National Park, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Attractions like Hurricane Ridge and Olympic National Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Sol Duc Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympic National Park: Quinault (Quinault Big Spruce Tree, Rain Forest Nature Trail, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rialto Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake, admire the sheer force of Murhut Falls, and trek along Hoh River Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park. When traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in August, plan for little chillier 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 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Port Townsend.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Port Townsend

— 1 night
Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for gifts at Chimacum Corner Farmstand, steep yourself in history at The Starrett House Inn, then see majestic marine mammals with Puget Sound Express, and finally admire the majestic nature at Fort Worden State Park.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Townsend trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to Port Townsend. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anacortes.

Things to do in Port Townsend

Nature · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Anacortes, Fidalgo Island

— 1 night
Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. On the 9th (Mon), stroll around Causland Memorial Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Deception Pass State Park, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Anacortes itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Port Townsend to Anacortes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Port Townsend in August, you will find days in Anacortes are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Anacortes

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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 10th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then relax and rejuvenate at Lavendera Massage. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with WaterWorks Gallery, then immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, then relax in the rural setting at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, and finally find something for the whole family at Zip San Juan.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor day trip app.

You can fly from Anacortes to Friday Harbor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Friday Harbor are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Seattle

— 4 nights

Emerald City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Snoqualmie Falls and Kerry Park. Visiting Puget Sound Express and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: pick up some local products at Pike Place Market, admire the landmark architecture of King Street Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planning app.

Getting from Friday Harbor to Seattle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In August, Seattle is somewhat warmer than Friday Harbor - with highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Washington State travel guide

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Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
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.