38 days in Washington State Itinerary

38 days in Washington State Itinerary

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Seattle
— 5 nights
Foot to Seattle Boeing Field, Fly to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
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Olympia
— 4 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 3 nights
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Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
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Bellingham
— 3 nights
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Leavenworth
— 4 nights
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Walla Walla
— 4 nights
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Spokane
— 4 nights
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Seattle

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Whidbey Island Distillery in Langley (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, get some jogging in at Discovery Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellevue Botanical Garden, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip maker.

London, UK to Seattle is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Seattle. In December, daytime highs in Seattle are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Friday Harbor: Eastsound (Crow Valley Pottery, Orcas Island Pottery, &more) and Olga (Summit Learning Center & Moran State Park). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan, stop by Pelindaba Lavender Friday Harbor, and examine the collection at The Whale Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Friday Harbor trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Friday Harbor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. In December in Friday Harbor, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Olympia.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Museums · Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Olympia

— 4 nights
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. Get out of town with these interesting Olympia side-trips: Tacoma (Point Defiance Park, Union Station, &more), 7 Wonders Creation Museum (in Silverlake) and Off the Walls Gallery (in Shelton). There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Hands On Children's Museum, cruise along Long Beach, look for gifts at Sucher & Son's Star Wars Shop, and don't miss a visit to Port Plaza Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Olympia using our trip planner.

Getting from Friday Harbor to Olympia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Olympia, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mount Rainier National Park

— 3 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
Get out of town with these interesting Mount Rainier National Park side-trips: White Pass Ski Resort (in White Pass) and Ashford (Recycled spirits of iron, Sculpture & Ashford Creek Pottery). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount St. Helens, admire the sheer force of Comet Falls, stroll through Skyline Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park travel planning website.

Explore your travel options from Olympia to Mount Rainier National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.
Olympic National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Storm King, take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, and stop by Swain's General Store.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Olympic National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bellingham.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bellingham

— 3 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.
Explore Bellingham's surroundings by going to Heritage Flight Museum (in Burlington), North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum (in Concrete) and Pasek Cellars (in Mount Vernon). There's much more to do: hike along Whatcom Falls Park, browse the fresh offerings at Woolley Market, hit the slopes at Mt Baker, and explore the activities along Deception Pass State Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bellingham online sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Bellingham with the Route module. In January in Bellingham, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Bellingham

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Leavenworth

— 4 nights
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Leavenworth: Wenatchee (Apple Capital Loop Trail & Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort), Coulee Corridor (in Coulee City) and Thorp Mill (in Thorp). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, learn about winemaking at Ryan Patrick Wine Tasting Room, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial, and stop by Cup and Kettle.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Leavenworth trip planner.

You can drive from Bellingham to Leavenworth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bellingham in January, with highs in Leavenworth at 0°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Walla Walla.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Walla Walla

— 4 nights
Walla Walla is the largest city in and the county seat of Walla Walla County, Washington, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Kennewick (Gesa Carousel of Dreams & Easton Benton County Historical Society and Museum), Benton City (Cooper, Tucannon Cellars, &more) and Richland (Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve & Hanford Nuclear Reservation). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Rulo Winery and look for gifts at D'Olivo Tasting Bar.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Walla Walla travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Leavenworth to Walla Walla in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Leavenworth in January, with highs in Walla Walla at 4°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Spokane.

Things to do in Walla Walla

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spokane

— 4 nights
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Spokane: Pend Oreille County Museum (in Newport), Charles R. Conner Museum (in Pullman) and Perkins House (in Colfax). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, ride a horse along Centennial Trail, stop by Auntie's Bookstore, and take in nature's colorful creations at Manito Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Spokane day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Walla Walla to Spokane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Spokane is little chillier than Walla Walla - with highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.