8 days in Tacoma & Seattle Itinerary

8 days in Tacoma & Seattle Itinerary

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8 days in Tacoma & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Tacoma
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
2
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Tacoma

Tacoma ©
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Griot's Garage and then stroll around Point Defiance Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Chihuly Bridge of Glass, then identify plant and animal life at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, then have fun and explore at Hands On Children's Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Washington State Capitol.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tacoma attractions planner .

Charlotte to Tacoma is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Tacoma, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: high temperatures in Tacoma hover around 72°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Tacoma

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Olympia
Highlights from your plan
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge ©
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Hands On Children's Museum ©
Hands On Children's Museum

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.
Get outdoors at Bloedel Reserve and Snoqualmie Falls. Visit Bruce Lee Grave Site and West Point Lighthouse for their historical value. Take a break from Seattle with a short trip to Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, see the interesting displays at Museum of History & Industry, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and walk around Kerry Park.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Seattle journey planner .

Drive from Tacoma to Seattle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Worden State Park, Bloedel Reserve, Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Bloedel Reserve ©
Bloedel Reserve

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