8 days in Seattle, San Juan Islands & Olympic National Park Itinerary

8 days in Seattle, San Juan Islands & Olympic National Park Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Foot to Seattle Boeing Field, Fly to Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Anacortes, Bus to Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Seattle, Fly to New York City


Seattle — 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Wed), make a trip to Space Needle and then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then walk around Mercer Slough Nature Park, then shop like a local with Pike Place Market, and finally find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seattle travel route planner.

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Seattle, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get little chillier in Seattle: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Friday Harbor.
Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature
Side Trip

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island — 1 night

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
On the 9th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor travel route builder site.

Fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in July: high temperatures in Friday Harbor hover around 74°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Olympic National Park: Quinault (Merriman Falls & Quinault Big Spruce Tree). It doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge and take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Olympic National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Olympic National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

San Juan Islands travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · State Parks · Landmarks
Experience island living Pacific Northwest-style by visiting the San Juan Islands. Of the 176 named islands here, Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan are the three that cater to visitors. Orca whales roam the waters from April to September, and rolling farmland inland gives way to small coastal towns filled with art galleries and boutiques. The islands' small mountains offer vistas over the water to the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic mountain range. The island region offers prime sea kayaking, biking tours, birding, and saltwater fishing. The populated isles attract a lot of summer tourism but remain quiet the remainder of the year.