16 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

16 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

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16 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Olympia
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Seattle
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

4
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and Farmers Market. Hands On Children's Museum and Childhood's End Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Tenino (Tenino Quarry Pool & Mill Lane Winery). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Tolmie State Park, identify plant and animal life at Nisqually Reach Nature Center, contemplate the long history of The Schmidt House, and take an in-depth tour of Bigelow House Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Olympia route planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Olympia is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Expect slightly colder evenings in Olympia when traveling from Vancouver in May, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tenino, Tumwater
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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Hands On Children's Museum ©
Hands On Children's Museum
Farmers Market ©
Farmers Market

3
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Rainier and Burroughs Mountain Trail. Get outdoors at Grove of the Patriarchs and Skyline Trail. There's lots more to do: stroll through Camp Muir Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, hike along Trail of the Shadows, and head outdoors with Reflection Lakes.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park travel planner.

Take a bus from Olympia to Mount Rainier National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Grove of the Patriarchs ©
Grove of the Patriarchs
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail

8
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.
You'll explore and learn at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Museum of History & Industry. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bruce Lee Grave Site and LeMay - America's Car Museum. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Tacoma (Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, & more), Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie) and Jimi Hendrix Grave Site (in Renton). The adventure continues: stroll through Alki Beach, stroll around Golden Gardens Park, shop like a local with Pike Place Market, and identify plant and animal life at Washington Park Arboretum.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seattle road trip website .

Traveling by train from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Seattle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Tacoma, Issaquah, Jimi Hendrix Grave Site, Mercer Slough Nature Park, Snoqualmie Falls
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Bruce Lee Grave Site ©
Bruce Lee Grave Site
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls

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