8 days in Seattle & Olympic National Park Itinerary

8 days in Seattle & Olympic National Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: New Orleans

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Space Needle as well as Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards. On the 19th (Thu), make a trip to Space Needle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then walk around Kerry Park, and then do a tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seattle itinerary planner.

New Orleans to Seattle is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to Seattle. Traveling from New Orleans in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Seattle, with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Wineries Beaches

Side Trip

Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards ©
Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

4
nights
Olympic National Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Crescent Lake as well as Ruby Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hurricane Ridge and Quinault Rain Forest. Visiting Olympic National Park and Sol Duc Falls will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Olympic National Park: Quinault (Rain Forest Nature Trail, Quinault Big Spruce Tree, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Second Beach Trail and take in the natural beauty of Sol Duc Hot Springs.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seattle in August, with highs in Olympic National Park at 72°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Quinault
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Sol Duc Falls ©
Sol Duc Falls

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Beneath the Streets as well as Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Beneath the Streets.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Olympic National Park to Seattle by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, Seattle is a bit warmer than Olympic National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seattle

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Beneath the Streets ©
Beneath the Streets
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle ©
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle

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