52 days in Washington State Itinerary

52 days in Washington State Itinerary

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52 days in Washington State Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Bellingham
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Winthrop
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Leavenworth
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Spokane
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Walla Walla
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Seattle
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Olympia
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h
9
Mount Rainier National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Olympic National Park
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Vancouver

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Diablo Dam (in North Cascades National Park), Coupeville (Fort Ebey State Park & Fort Casey State Park) and Concrete (North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum & Sauk Mountain Trail). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Predators of the Heart, shop like a local with Woolley Market, walk around Causland Memorial Park, and relax in the rural setting at Gordon Skagit Farms.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bellingham trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Bellingham is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. October in Bellingham sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Winthrop.

Things to do in Bellingham

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mount Vernon, Concrete, Anacortes, Coupeville, Olive Shoppe Ginger Grater la Conner
Highlights from your plan
Whatcom Falls Park ©
Whatcom Falls Park
North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum ©
Gordon Skagit Farms ©
Gordon Skagit Farms

5
nights
Winthrop

Winthrop ©
Winthrop is a town in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Winthrop: Cedar Creek Falls (in Mazama), Stehekin (Stehekin River & Rainbow Falls) and Similkameen Trail (in Oroville). There's much more to do: glide through natural beauty at Methow Valley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lake Trai, grab your bike and head to Winthrop Twin Lakes Loop, and cruise along Slate Peak.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Winthrop online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Bellingham to Winthrop takes 3 hours. Traveling from Bellingham in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Winthrop. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Winthrop

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

North Cascades National Park, Stehekin, Similkameen Trail, Cedar Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Methow Valley ©
Methow Valley
Shafer Historical Museum ©
Shafer Historical Museum
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

5
nights
Leavenworth

Leavenworth ©
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. Explore Leavenworth's surroundings by going to Apple Capital Loop Trail (in Wenatchee), Thorp Mill (in Thorp) and Ellensburg (Clymer Museum of Art, Gard Vintners, & more). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Penstock Trail (Old Pipeline Trail), do a tasting at Ryan Patrick Wine Tasting Room, and hike along Icicle Ridge Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Leavenworth trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Winthrop to Leavenworth in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Leavenworth can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Spokane.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ellensburg, Washington State, Cashmere, Thorp Mill, Apple Capital Loop Trail
Highlights from your plan
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm ©
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm
Icicle Creek ©
Icicle Creek
Ryan Patrick Wine Tasting Room ©
Ryan Patrick Wine Tasting Room

5
nights
Spokane

Spokane ©
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. Get out of town with these interesting Spokane side-trips: Colfax (Perkins House & Steptoe Butte State Park), Crawford State Park (in Metaline Falls) and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (in Coulee Dam). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Manito Park, hike along Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, walk around Mirabeau Meadows Park, and get lost in a book at Spokane Public Library.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Spokane trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Leavenworth to Spokane takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Spokane sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Walla Walla.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Colfax, Crawford State Park, Mirabeau Meadows Park, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Bill Chipman Palouse Trail
Highlights from your plan
Manito Park ©
Manito Park
Riverfront Park ©
Riverfront Park
Centennial Trail ©
Centennial Trail

5
nights
Walla Walla

Walla Walla ©
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 (The Columbia River & Gesa Carousel of Dreams), Richland (Howard Amon Park, Hanford Nuclear Reservation, & more) and Chandler Reach (in Benton City). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Rulo Winery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick Church, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the natural beauty at Pioneer Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Walla Walla trip builder tool .

You can drive from Spokane to Walla Walla in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Walla Walla is somewhat warmer than Spokane - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Walla Walla

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Richland, Kennewick, Chandler Reach
Highlights from your plan
Badger Mountain Park ©
Badger Mountain Park
Rulo Winery ©
Rulo Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

6
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.
Take a break from Seattle with a short trip to Whidbey Island Distillery in Langley, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, and walk around Discovery Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Seattle holiday maker website .

Traveling by flight from Walla Walla to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Walla Walla in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Seattle, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bellevue Botanical Garden, Whidbey Island Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Friday Harbor side-trips: Eastsound (Crow Valley Pottery, Jones Island State Park, & more) and Moran State Park (in Olga). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, take in the awesome beauty at Turtleback Mountain, and get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor day trip website .

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Olympia.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Eastsound, Orcas Island, Moran State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Orcas Island Pottery ©
Orcas Island Pottery
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

4
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Olympia: Furford Cranberry Museum (in Grayland) and Tacoma (Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Museum of Glass, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Hands On Children's Museum, take a memorable drive along Long Beach, pause for some photo ops at Washington State Capitol, and stop by Childhood's End Gallery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympia trip planner.

Getting from Friday Harbor to Olympia by combination of flight and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tacoma, Furford Cranberry Museum, Long Beach
Highlights from your plan
Washington State History Museum ©
Washington State History Museum
Museum of Glass ©
Museum of Glass
Point Defiance Park ©
Point Defiance Park

5
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ashford Creek Pottery (in Ashford) and Johnston Ridge Observatory (in Toutle). There's still lots to do: stroll through Skyline Trail, take a peaceful walk through Grove of the Patriarchs, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount St. Helens.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mount Rainier National Park trip simple and quick.

Getting from Olympia to Mount Rainier National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Mount Rainier National Park are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Washington State, Johnston Ridge Observatory, Ashford Creek Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Mount St. Helens ©
Mount St. Helens

8
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.
Explore Olympic National Park's surroundings by going to Dungeness Landing County Park (in Sequim) and Olympic Coast Discovery Center (in Port Angeles). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Hurricane Ridge, cruise along Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, and stroll through Sol Duc Falls.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Olympic National Park, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dungeness Landing County Park, Olympic Coast Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach

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