22 days in Washington State, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

22 days in Washington State, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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22 days in Washington State, Yellowstone National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Tacoma
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
2
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Travel:  4​h 15​min
3
Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Anacortes, Fidalgo Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  20​h 45​min
End: Tacoma

1
day
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Shadows, and then stroll through Skyline Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mount Rainier National Park day trip site .

Tacoma to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also take a bus. In May in Mount Rainier National Park, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Olympic National Park and Rialto Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Crescent Lake and Ruby Beach. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and trek along Hurricane Ridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Olympic National Park driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oak Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach

1
night
Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island

Oak Harbor ©
Oak Harbor is a city located on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington. On the 24th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Fort Casey State Park, learn about all things military at PBY-Naval Air Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Deception Pass State Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oak Harbor trip itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to Oak Harbor. May in Oak Harbor sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anacortes.

Things to do in Oak Harbor

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Fort Casey State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fort Casey State Park ©
Fort Casey State Park
Deception Pass State Park ©
Deception Pass State Park
PBY-Naval Air Museum ©
PBY-Naval Air Museum

1
night
Anacortes, Fidalgo Island

Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll around Washington Park, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll around Causland Memorial Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Anacortes travel planning app .

Drive from Oak Harbor to Anacortes in an hour. In May in Anacortes, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Anacortes

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Washington Park ©
Washington Park
Causland Memorial Park ©
Causland Memorial Park

2
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
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 26th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park and then get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Island Studios, then examine the collection at The Whale Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Anacortes to Friday Harbor in 2 hours. May in Friday Harbor sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Theme Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zip San Juan ©
Zip San Juan

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): trek along Snoqualmie Falls, stop by Boehms Candies, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally make a trip to Space Needle. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

Find out how to plan Seattle trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Friday Harbor in May, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Boehms Candies, Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Natural Bridge Trail and Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Biscuit Basin and Upper Geyser Basin. The adventure continues: make a trip to Artist Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, stroll through Lewis Falls, and take in the natural beauty of Blue Star Spring.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in May, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be colder, around 27°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

5
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get outdoors at East Rim Drive and Grandview Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Lipan Point and Hermit's Rest. On the 5th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Hopi Point, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Moran Point, and hike along Hermit Trail.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, flight, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 85°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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