8 days in Greater Seattle, Orcas Island & Olympic National Park Itinerary

8 days in Greater Seattle, Orcas Island & Olympic National Park Itinerary

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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Eastsound
— 2 nights
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
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Olympia
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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.
Get outdoors at Washington Park Arboretum and Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, make a trip to Space Needle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bruce Lee Grave Site, and do a tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner.

Atlanta to Seattle is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlanta to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in September, things will get slightly colder in Seattle: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Eastsound.
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Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife
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Eastsound — 2 nights

Eastsound is an unincorporated community on Orcas Island in San Juan County, Washington, United States.Eastsound is the largest population center on Orcas Island, the second-most populated and physically largest of the San Juan Islands. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with Outer Island Expeditions and then immerse yourself in nature at Moran State Park. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Jones Island State Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Turtleback Mountain, and then identify plant and animal life at Judd Cove Preserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Eastsound tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Seattle to Eastsound by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Seattle in September, you will find days in Eastsound are little chillier (64°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.
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Side Trip

Olympic National Park — 2 nights

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 7th (Thu), stroll through Quinault River-Pony Bridge Day Hike, then admire the sheer force of Merriman Falls, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Quinault Rain Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park and then cruise along Hurricane Ridge.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Eastsound to Olympic National Park. September in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Olympia.
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Side Trip

Olympia

Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympia driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Olympia with the Route module. In September in Olympia, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 48°F at night. You will leave for home on the 8th (Fri).
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Orcas Island travel guide

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Dolphin & Whale Watching · Water Sports · State Parks