43 days in Washington State Itinerary

43 days in Washington State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Washington State travel planner

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Seattle
— 5 nights
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Bainbridge Island
— 3 nights
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Sequim
— 2 nights
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Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
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Forks
— 3 nights
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Ocean Shores
— 3 nights
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Long Beach
— 1 night
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 3 nights
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Olympia
— 3 nights
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
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Anacortes, Fidalgo Island
— 2 nights
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Bellingham
— 3 nights
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Leavenworth
— 3 nights
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Spokane
— 2 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.
Head to Chihuly Garden and Glass and Nordstromfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle and Bellevue Botanical Garden. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie), Double Bluff Beach (in Freeland) and Whidbey Island Distillery (in Langley). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, make a trip to Space Needle, walk around Kerry Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory.

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

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seattle is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Seattle due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tel Aviv in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bainbridge Island.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Bainbridge Island

— 3 nights
Bainbridge Island is a city in Kitsap County, Washington, United States, and is coextensive with the eponymous island in Puget Sound. Do your shopping at Boehm's Chocolates and Bainbridge Arts & Crafts. Step off the beaten path and head to Bloedel Reserve and Front Street Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bainbridge Island: Veterans Living History Museum (in Port Orchard), Bremerton (Silver City Brewery, Bremerton Bug Museum, &more) and U.S. Naval Undersea Museum (in Keyport). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Gazzam Lake Preserve, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bainbridge Brewing, get engrossed in the history at Poulsbo Historical Society and Museum, and make a trip to Hall's Hill Labyrinth.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bainbridge Island day trip tool.

You can drive from Seattle to Bainbridge Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sequim.

Things to do in Bainbridge Island

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Sequim

— 2 nights
Sequim is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, take in the exciting artwork at Blue Whole Gallery, and then view the masterpieces at Port Townsend Gallery. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Northwest Native Expressions Art Gallery, stop by Mt. Townsend Creamery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Worden State Park, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Finnriver Orchard & Cider Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sequim trip planner.

Drive from Bainbridge Island to Sequim in 1.5 hours. In December in Sequim, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Sequim

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rialto Beach and Ruby Beach. Explore Olympic National Park's surroundings by going to Rain Forest Nature Trail (in Quinault) and Marymere Falls (in Port Angeles). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake, trek along Mount Storm King, delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, and stroll through Second Beach Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park journey planning app.

Explore your travel options from Sequim to Olympic National Park with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Olympic National Park are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Forks.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Forks

— 3 nights
Forks is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at First Beach and Native to Twilight. You'll get in some beach time at Second Beach and Shi Shi Beach. Explore Forks' surroundings by going to Neah Bay (Cape Flattery Trail & Makah Cultural and Research Center). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Third Beach, admire the majestic nature at Bogachiel State Park, Head underground at Tree Root Cave, and examine the collection at John's Beachcombing Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Forks online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Olympic National Park to Forks in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ocean Shores.

Things to do in Forks

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Ocean Shores

— 3 nights
Ocean Shores is a city in Grays Harbor County, Washington, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to North Jetty and Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ocean Shores and Twin Harbors Beach State Park. Explore Ocean Shores' surroundings by going to Robert Bush Park (in South Bend), Voss Acres (in Copalis Crossing) and Grayland (Furford Cranberry Museum & Grayland Beach State Park). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Ocean Shores Kites, get engrossed in the history at The Polson Museum, cast your line with a fishing tour, and view the masterpieces at Fusions Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ocean Shores trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Forks to Ocean Shores takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ocean Shores are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Ocean Shores

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Long Beach

— 1 night
Long Beach is a city in Pacific County, Washington, United States. On the 9th (Thu), kick back and relax at Long Beach, identify plant and animal life at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, immerse yourself in nature at Cape Disappointment State Park, then view the masterpieces at Don Nisbett Art Gallery, and finally stop by Adelaide's Coffee House / Tapestry Rose Yarn Shop.

Start your trip to Long Beach by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Ocean Shores to Long Beach takes 2.5 hours. January in Long Beach sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Mount Rainier National Park

— 3 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Adams Wilderness and White Pass Ski Resort. Explore Mount Rainier National Park's surroundings by going to Ashford (Ashford Creek Pottery & Recycled spirits of iron, Sculpture). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount St. Helens, admire the sheer force of Narada Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Paradise Valley, and trek along Skyline Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mount Rainier National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Long Beach to Mount Rainier National Park. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Long Beach in January since evenings lows in Mount Rainier National Park dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Olympia.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Olympia

— 3 nights
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and Tumwater Falls Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Tacoma (LeMay - America's Car Museum, Point Defiance Park, &more), My Cheese Shoppe (in Puyallup) and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (in Eatonville). The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at Hands On Children's Museum and appreciate the history behind Washington State Capitol.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympia online journey builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympia. January in Olympia sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pelindaba Lavender Friday Harbor and Island Studios. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lime Kiln Point State Park and Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Friday Harbor: Shark Reef Sanctuary (in Lopez Island), Olga (Moran State Park, Summit Learning Center, &more) and Eastsound (Orcas Island Pottery & Island Hoppin' Brewery). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, step aboard Schooners North, make a trip to English Camp, and explore the world behind art at IMA - San Juan Islands Museum of Art.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Friday Harbor trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Olympia to Friday Harbor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Friday Harbor can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Anacortes.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Anacortes, Fidalgo Island

— 2 nights
Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Predators of the Heart, then explore the activities along Deception Pass State Park, and finally walk around Washington Park. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Pasek Cellars, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Casey State Park, then stop by The Wood Merchant, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Roozengaarde Display Garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Anacortes trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Anacortes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January in Anacortes, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bellingham.

Things to do in Anacortes

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fairhaven Historic District and The Outlet Shoppes. Discover out-of-the-way places like Skagit's Own Fish Market and Woolley Market. Explore Bellingham's surroundings by going to Blue Heron Gallery (in Point Roberts), Heritage Flight Museum (in Burlington) and Blaine (Blaine Marine Park & Point Whitehorn Marine Park). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Whatcom Falls Park, stroll through Stimpson Family Nature Preserve, kick back and relax at Clayton Beach, and shop like a local with Jansen Art Center.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bellingham trip planning tool.

Getting from Anacortes to Bellingham by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle. January in Bellingham sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Bellingham

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Leavenworth

— 3 nights
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lone Pine Fruit Stand and Apple Annie's Antique Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Leavenworth Reindeer Farm and Mountain Springs Lodge Sleigh Rides. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leavenworth: Wenatchee (Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort, Apple Capital Loop Trail, &more) and Lake Chelan (in Chelan). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Front Street Park, walk around Waterfront Park, do a tasting at Ryan Patrick Wine Tasting Room, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan my day in Leavenworth using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Spokane.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Spokane

— 2 nights
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): hike along Centennial Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, walk around Manito Park, then admire the sheer force of Spokane Falls, then walk around Riverfront Park, and finally stop by Auntie's Bookstore. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, relax in the rural setting at Green Bluff, and then do a tasting at Barrister Winery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Spokane trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Leavenworth to Spokane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Spokane can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

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.