41 days in Washington State Itinerary

41 days in Washington State Itinerary

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41 days in Washington State Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  10​h
1
Port Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Olympia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Seattle
— 9 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Anacortes, Fidalgo Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Bellingham
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Leavenworth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Spokane
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Columbus

8
nights
Port Angeles

Port Angeles ©
Port Angeles is a city in and the county seat of Clallam County, Washington, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Port Angeles side-trips: Olympic National Park (Hurricane Ridge, Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive, & more) and Joyce Depot Museum (in Joyce). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake, take in the waterfront at Port Angeles City Pier, admire the sheer force of Marymere Falls, and stroll through Second Beach Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Port Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Columbus to Port Angeles is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Port Angeles is minus 3 hours. November in Port Angeles sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Port Angeles

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Joyce Depot Museum, Lake Cushman, New Dungeness Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Crescent Lake ©
Crescent Lake

4
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Step out of Mount Rainier National Park with an excursion to Nolte State Park in Enumclaw--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, hike along Wonderland Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, and explore the activities along Mowich Lake.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Port Angeles to Mount Rainier National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Olympia.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Nolte State Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls

4
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Shelton (Wild Felid Advocacy Center of Washington & Salish Cliffs Golf Club) and Penrose Point State Park (in Lakebay). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Tolmie State Park, stroll through Heritage Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers Market, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tumwater Falls Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Olympia online attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Olympia are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vancouver.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

Shelton, Wolf Haven International, Tumwater Falls Park, Penrose Point State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tolmie State Park ©
Tolmie State Park
Washington State Capitol ©
Washington State Capitol

2
nights
Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and then get lost in a book at Camas Public Library. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up some local products at Vancouver Farmers Market - Downtown Market, admire the natural beauty at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, and then do a tasting at Bethany Vineyard & Winery.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vancouver trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Olympia to Vancouver by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Vancouver are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, Bethany Vineyard & Winery, Camas Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Camas Public Library ©
Camas Public Library

9
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.
Dedicate the 13th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden, meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Vancouver to Seattle in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Bellevue
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Moran State Park (in Olga), San Juan Island Distillery (in Roche Harbor) and Orcas Island Pottery (in Eastsound). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, witness the site of a historic battle at American Camp, make a trip to English Camp, and get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Friday Harbor takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In December in Friday Harbor, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Anacortes.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

San Juan Island Distillery, Moran State Park, Orcas Island Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Orcas Island Pottery ©
Orcas Island Pottery
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

1
night
Anacortes, Fidalgo Island

Anacortes ©
Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. On the 23rd (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Deception Pass State Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Erie Park, and then let little ones run wild at John Storvik Playground.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Anacortes trip itinerary planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Friday Harbor to Anacortes in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Anacortes can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bellingham.

Things to do in Anacortes

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Deception Pass State Park
Highlights from your plan
Deception Pass State Park ©
Deception Pass State Park
Mount Erie Park ©
Mount Erie Park
John Storvik Playground ©
John Storvik Playground

2
nights
Bellingham

Bellingham ©
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.
On the 24th (Mon), hike along Whatcom Falls Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Birch Bay State Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Bellis Fair. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Larrabee State Park, then stop by Skagit's Own Fish Market, and then stroll through Lake Padden Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bellingham online trip builder .

You can drive from Anacortes to Bellingham in an hour. Another option is to take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Bellingham

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Birch Bay State Park, Skagit's Own Fish Market
Highlights from your plan
Whatcom Falls Park ©
Whatcom Falls Park
Lake Padden Park ©
Lake Padden Park
Skagit's Own Fish Market ©
Skagit's Own Fish Market

2
nights
Leavenworth

Leavenworth ©
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): hit the slopes at Leavenworth Ski Hill, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blue Spirits Distilling, then learn about winemaking at Ryan Patrick Wine Tasting Room, and finally look for gifts at The Oil & Vinegar Cellar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then admire the engineering at Rocky Reach Dam Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Wenatchee Confluence State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Leavenworth holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Bellingham to Leavenworth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bellingham in December, with highs in Leavenworth at 33°F and lows at 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Spokane.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Wenatchee
Highlights from your plan
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm ©
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm
Ryan Patrick Wine Tasting Room ©
Ryan Patrick Wine Tasting Room
Rocky Reach Dam Park ©
Rocky Reach Dam Park

4
nights
Spokane

Spokane ©
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. Step out of Spokane with an excursion to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in Cheney--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Manito Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, learn about winemaking at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, and stroll through Riverfront Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Spokane vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Leavenworth to Spokane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°F, and evening lows to 23°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Manito Park ©
Manito Park
Riverfront Park ©
Riverfront Park
Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes

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