56 days in Washington State & Saint Helens Itinerary

56 days in Washington State & Saint Helens Itinerary

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56 days in Washington State & Saint Helens Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Spokane
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Leavenworth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Winthrop
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Mount Rainier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Saint Helens
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Vancouver
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Ilwaco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Olympic National Park
— 7 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
9
Olympia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
11
Seattle
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Spokane

Spokane ©
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. Family-friendly places like Surf 'n Slide Water Park and Charles R. Conner Museum will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (in Coulee Dam) and Washington State University (in Pullman). There's still lots to do: stroll around Manito Park, hike along Centennial Trail, admire the sheer force of Spokane Falls, and get curious at Mobius Science Center.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Spokane online trip itinerary planner .

New York City to Spokane is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect little chillier with lows of 47°F in Spokane. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pullman, Surf 'n Slide Water Park, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Manito Park ©
Manito Park
Surf 'n Slide Water Park ©
Surf 'n Slide Water Park
Mobius Children's Museum ©
Mobius Children's Museum

5
nights
Leavenworth

Leavenworth ©
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. Family-friendly places like Leavenworth Reindeer Farm and Slidewaters will thrill your kids. Explore Leavenworth's surroundings by going to Lincoln Rock State Park (in East Wenatchee), Apple Capital Loop Trail (in Wenatchee) and Karma VIneyards (in Chelan). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, contemplate the waterfront views at Icicle Creek, trek along Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and look for gifts at Cup and Kettle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Leavenworth online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Spokane to Leavenworth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Winthrop.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Washington State, Chelan, Cashmere, Lincoln Rock State Park, Apple Capital Loop Trail
Highlights from your plan
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm ©
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm
Slidewaters ©
Slidewaters
Lincoln Rock State Park ©
Lincoln Rock State Park

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). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Shafer Historical Museum, take a memorable drive along Slate Peak, contemplate the waterfront views at Rainy Lake, and trek along Blue Lake Trai.

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Traveling by car from Leavenworth to Winthrop takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Winthrop can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Winthrop

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mount Rainier National Park: High Rock Trail (in Packwood) and Ashford Creek Pottery (in Ashford). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, head outdoors with Reflection Lakes, hike along Wonderland Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park sightseeing app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Winthrop to Mount Rainier National Park. Traveling from Winthrop in May, you will find days in Mount Rainier National Park are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Helens.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

High Rock Trail, Ashford Creek Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail

5
nights
Saint Helens

Saint Helens ©
You've now added Mount St. Helens to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Johnston Ridge Observatory (in Toutle), Claquato Church (in Chehalis) and Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail (in Mosier).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saint Helens trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Rainier National Park to Saint Helens. In May, daily temperatures in Saint Helens can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Saint Helens

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Washington State, Amboy, Claquato Church, 7 Wonders Creation Museum, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mount St. Helens ©
Mount St. Helens
Johnston Ridge Observatory ©
Johnston Ridge Observatory

4
nights
Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Vancouver side-trips: Cascade Locks (Starvation Creek State Park, Bonneville Lock & Dam, & more), Tillamook Forest Center (in Tillamook) and Rowena Crest Viewpoint (in Mosier). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, get lost in a book at Camas Public Library, admire all the interesting features of Hood River County Fruit Loop, and steep yourself in history at Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vancouver vacation website .

Traveling by car from Saint Helens to Vancouver takes 1.5 hours. In May in Vancouver, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Ilwaco.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cascade Locks, Oregon, Camas, Rowena Crest Viewpoint, Tillamook Forest Center
Highlights from your plan
Bonneville Lock & Dam ©
Bonneville Lock & Dam
Hood River County Fruit Loop ©
Hood River County Fruit Loop

4
nights
Ilwaco

Ilwaco ©
Ilwaco is a city in Pacific County, Washington, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Long Beach and Grayland Beach State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Ilwaco side-trips: Astoria (Fort Stevens State Park & Fort Clatsop National Memorial), Tillamook (Cape Meares Lighthouse & Tillamook Air Museum) and Furford Cranberry Museum (in Grayland). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Columbia River Maritime Museum, make a trip to Goonies House, appreciate the history behind Wildlife Heritage Sculpture Corridor, and walk around Robert Bush Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ilwaco trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vancouver to Ilwaco takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Vancouver in June: highs in Ilwaco hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Ilwaco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Astoria, Grayland, Tillamook, Long Beach, Wildlife Heritage Sculpture Corridor
Highlights from your plan
Fort Stevens State Park ©
Fort Stevens State Park
Grayland Beach State Park
Grayland Beach State Park
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

7
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.
Attractions like Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympic National Park: Sequim (Sequim Bay Scenic Pullout & B&B Family Farm) and Marymere Falls (in Port Angeles). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurricane Ridge, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Storm King, explore the activities along Crescent Lake, and trek along Murhut Falls.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ilwaco to Olympic National Park. June in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Olympia.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sequim, Lake Cushman, Marymere Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

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nights
Olympia

Olympia
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Hands On Children's Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympia: Mill Lane Winery (in Tenino), Tacoma (Point Defiance Park, Washington State History Museum, & more) and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (in Eatonville). It doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Childhood's End Gallery.

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Take a bus from Olympic National Park to Olympia in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Olympic National Park in June, you will find days in Olympia are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tacoma, Mill Lane Winery, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Hands On Children's Museum ©
Hands On Children's Museum
Point Defiance Park ©
Point Defiance Park

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nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Zip San Juan and Rosario Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Friday Harbor: Moran State Park (in Olga) and Eastsound (Crow Valley Pottery, Orcas Island Pottery, & more). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Turtleback Mountain, get outside with Springtide Paddlesports, and see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Olympia to Friday Harbor in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Olympia in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Friday Harbor: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eastsound, Turtleback Mountain, Moran State Park, Rosario Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park
Zip San Juan ©
Zip San Juan
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

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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.
Bring the kids along to Space Needle and The Museum of Flight. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip maker app .

You can fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Friday Harbor in June since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Bellevue
Highlights from your plan
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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