8 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

8 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

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8 days in Greater Seattle Itinerary

Start: Seattle
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Olympia
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h
3
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
End: Seattle

3
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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Seattle. In October in Seattle, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, then tour the pleasant surroundings at 5 Mile Drive & Trails, then admire the masterpieces at Tacoma Art Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Hands On Children's Museum, don't miss a visit to Union Station, then see the interesting displays at Washington State History Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Glass, and finally don't miss a visit to Chihuly Bridge of Glass.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Olympia trip builder .

Drive from Seattle to Olympia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Olympia when traveling from Seattle in October, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tacoma
Highlights from your plan
Washington State History Museum ©
Washington State History Museum
Museum of Glass ©
Museum of Glass
5 Mile Drive & Trails ©
5 Mile Drive & Trails

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
On the 17th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Paradise Valley, then trek along Skyline Trail, then hike along Trail of the Shadows, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Grove of the Patriarchs, then admire the sheer force of Narada Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park road trip planning website .

Getting from Olympia to Mount Rainier National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls

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