16 days in Yellowstone National Park, Pacific Northwest & Denver Itinerary

16 days in Yellowstone National Park, Pacific Northwest & Denver Itinerary

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16 days in Yellowstone National Park, Pacific Northwest & Denver Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  6​h
4
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Bus:  7​h
5
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  8​h
6
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Minneapolis

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lone Star Geyser and Uncle Tom's Trail. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, contemplate the long history of Fort Yellowstone Historic District, and appreciate the extensive heritage of S Rim Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park day trip planning website .

Minneapolis to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Minneapolis to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

2
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.
On the 17th (Thu), examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, take a stroll through Bellevue Square, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Seattle road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect nights in Seattle to be much warmer, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bellevue Square
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

1
night
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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 19th (Sat), examine the collection at The Whale Museum and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Friday Harbor takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Friday Harbor when traveling from Seattle in September, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

4
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.
Get outdoors at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge, delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, identify plant and animal life at Deer Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Olympic National Park road trip planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park in 6 hours. In September in Olympic National Park, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 24th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, kick back and relax at Haystack Rock, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column and then explore and take pictures at Fort Clatsop National Memorial.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach journey planner .

Getting from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Cannon Beach sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Astoria
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

1
night
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 26th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, examine the collection at Molly Brown House Museum, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to Denver in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach to Denver, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cannon Beach in September, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour

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