5 days in Washington State Itinerary

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Seattle — 2 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Visiting Discover Nature and Discovery Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Pioneer Square, look for gifts at Archie McPhee, and enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

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San Jose to Seattle is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in January, you will find days in Seattle are a bit cooler (48°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ilwaco.
Outdoors · Shopping · Tours · Wildlife
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Ilwaco — 1 night

Ilwaco is a city in Pacific County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at North Head Lighthouse, and then cruise along Long Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ilwaco day trip planning site.

Getting from Seattle to Ilwaco by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

Olympic National Park — 1 night

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruby Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

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Explore your travel options from Ilwaco to Olympic National Park with the Route module. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Washington State travel guide

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.