8 days in Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park & North Cascades National Park Itinerary

8 days in Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park & North Cascades National Park Itinerary

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Fly
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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North Cascades National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Fly to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

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Mount Rainier National Park

The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Narada Falls, hike along Skyline Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Mt. Fremont Lookout Trail, hike along Burroughs Mountain Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nisqually River, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Grove of the Patriarchs.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park trip builder tool.

Cleveland to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Mount Rainier National Park when traveling from Cleveland in July, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinault Big Spruce Tree in Quinault (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hurricane Ridge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Sol Duc Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruby Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park trip planner.

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus. When traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to North Cascades National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): hike along Colonial Creek Campground, cruise along N Cascades Hwy, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ladder Creek Falls.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read North Cascades National Park travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to North Cascades National Park with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in North Cascades National Park are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in North Cascades National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

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