60 days in Washington State Itinerary

60 days in Washington State Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Olympia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 9 nights
Drive
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Port Townsend
— 7 nights
Drive
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Anacortes, Fidalgo Island
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 6 nights
Fly to Seattle Boeing Field, Foot to Seattle
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Seattle
— 11 nights
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Walla Walla
— 8 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park — 5 nights

The star attraction of Mt.
Visiting Mount Rainier and Paradise Valley will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Mount Rainier National Park side-trips: High Rock Trail (in Packwood) and Denny Creek Trail (in North Bend). Spend the 1st (Mon) wandering through the wild on Discover Nature. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Comet Falls, hike along Wonderland Trail, get outside with Reflection Lakes, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bumping Lake.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park trip planner.

Phoenix to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in May, with highs in Mount Rainier National Park at 67°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Olympia.
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Olympia — 6 nights

Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. Get some cultural insight at Fusions Gallery and Childhood's End Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at North Jetty and Joemma Beach State Park. Explore Olympia's surroundings by going to Staircase Rapids Nature Trail (in Hoodsport), Chambers Bay (in University Place) and Penrose Point State Park (in Lakebay). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount St. Helens, identify plant and animal life at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, gain insight at Nisqually Reach Nature Center, and explore the activities along Lake Sacajawea Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Olympia online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympia. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.
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Olympic National Park — 9 nights

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Escape the urban bustle at Ruby Beach and Hurricane Ridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympic National Park: Sandphifer Gallery (in Pacific Beach) and Quinault (Merriman Falls & Quinault Big Spruce Tree). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Rialto Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Storm King, hike along Ozette Loop Hike, and admire the sheer force of Murhut Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympia to Olympic National Park. When traveling from Olympia in May, plan for slightly colder days in Olympic National Park, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Townsend.
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Port Townsend — 7 nights

Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. Get outdoors at Puget Sound Express and Double Bluff County Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Northwind Arts Center and Port Townsend Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Meerkerk Gardens (in Greenbank), Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve (in Coupeville) and Double Bluff Beach (in Freeland). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at San Juan Co Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Marymere Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Worden State Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Constitution.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Townsend journey builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Port Townsend. In May, daytime highs in Port Townsend are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Anacortes.
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Anacortes, Fidalgo Island — 7 nights

Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Olive Shoppe Ginger Grater la Conner and Nasty Jack's Antiques. Get in touch with nature at Rosario Beach and Cama Beach State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anacortes: North Cascades National Park (in North Cascades National Park), Rockport State Park (in Rockport) and Skagit Wildlife Area (in Mount Vernon). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tommy Thompson Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Deception Pass State Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Predators of the Heart.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anacortes road trip website.

Traveling by car from Port Townsend to Anacortes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Anacortes can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Friday Harbor.
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island — 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore San Juan Islands Sculpture Park and The Whale Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Moran State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Friday Harbor side-trips: Olga (Summit Learning Center & Orcas Island Trail Rides), Shark Reef Sanctuary (in Lopez Island) and Eastsound (Crow Valley Pottery & Jones Island State Park). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at Lavendera Massage, take in the awesome beauty at Turtleback Mountain, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cattle Point.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor trip itinerary tool.

Ride a ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Seattle.
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Seattle — 11 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. Do your shopping at Pike Place Market and Glasshouse Studio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens (in SeaTac), Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (in Everett) and Snoqualmie (Railroad Community Park & Snoqualmie Falls). Dedicate the 20th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, stroll around Meadowdale Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach Park, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle vacation planner.

Getting from Friday Harbor to Seattle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Friday Harbor in June, Seattle is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Walla Walla.
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Walla Walla — 8 nights

Walla Walla is the largest city in and the county seat of Walla Walla County, Washington, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rulo Winery and Elegante Cellars. Visiting Snake Dancer Excursions and Columbia Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Walla Walla: Basalt Cellars Winery (in Clarkston), Palouse Falls State Park (in Washtucna) and Richland (Hanford Nuclear Reservation & Sacagawea Heritage Trail). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Saviah Cellars, take in nature's colorful creations at Pioneer Park, and take an in-depth tour of Fort Walla Walla Museum.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Walla Walla travel route tool.

You can fly from Seattle to Walla Walla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Seattle, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Walla Walla, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Washington State travel guide

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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.
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