18 days in Washington State Itinerary

18 days in Washington State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Washington State route planner

Make it your trip
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Olga, Orcas Island
— 1 night
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Anacortes, Taxi to Bellingham
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Bellingham
— 2 nights
Drive
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Seattle
— 6 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park

— 1 night
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Grove of the Patriarchs. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Shadows, trek along Skyline Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park day trip app.

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 (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mount Rainier National Park, with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Olympic National Park

— 4 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Bring the kids along to Hurricane Ridge and Crescent Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Olympic National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Sol Duc Falls, stroll through Ruby Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rialto Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park online attractions planner.

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 July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Olga.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Olga, Orcas Island

— 1 night
Olga is a waterfront unincorporated community on Orcas Island in San Juan County, Washington, United States.HistoryOlga was founded in 1860, after William Moore homesteaded the region. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with Outer Island Expeditions, then take in the exciting artwork at Crow Valley Pottery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Moran State Park.

To plan Olga vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Olympic National Park to Olga takes 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olga

Wildlife · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Whale Museum and American Camp. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lime Kiln Point State Park and Zip San Juan. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, relax and rejuvenate at Lavendera Massage, look for gifts at WaterWorks Gallery, and get up close to creatures of the deep with San Juan Safaris.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Friday Harbor road trip planning app.

You can travel from Olga to Friday Harbor in 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Olga in July since evenings lows in Friday Harbor dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Bellingham.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Bellingham

— 2 nights

City of Subdued Excitement

Perched at the northern end of Washington's Pacific coast, the mid-sized city of Bellingham serves as an important stopover on the road between Seattle and Vancouver.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll around Washington Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Causland Memorial Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Deception Pass State Park, and then hike along Whatcom Falls Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bellingham trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Friday Harbor to Bellingham in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Traveling from Friday Harbor in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Bellingham. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Bellingham

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Seattle

— 6 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 Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Point Defiance Park. Bring the kids along to Puget Sound Express and Kerry Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Museum of Glass (in Tacoma), Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie) and Fort Casey State Park (in Coupeville). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Bloedel Reserve, explore the world behind art at Cascadia Art Museum, look for gifts at Boehms Candies, and enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Bellingham to Seattle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.