8 days in Mount Rainier National Park & Seattle Itinerary

8 days in Mount Rainier National Park & Seattle Itinerary

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8 days in Mount Rainier National Park & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Seattle
— 5 nights
End: Seattle

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
On the 25th (Sat), hike along Skyline Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Box Canyon Loop. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Naches Peak Loop Trail and then trek along Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mount Rainier National Park trip itinerary maker .

Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail ©
Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail
Naches Peak Loop Trail ©
Naches Peak Loop Trail

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point No Point Lighthouse and Bloedel Reserve. Family-friendly places like Space Needle and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area (in North Bend), Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (in Issaquah) and Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, don't miss a visit to Seattle Center, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory, and identify plant and animal life at Nisqually Reach Nature Center.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Seattle are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Olympia, Tacoma, Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Point No Point Lighthouse & Park, Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bloedel Reserve ©
Bloedel Reserve
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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