8 days in Washington State Itinerary

8 days in Washington State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Washington State trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tacoma
— 2 nights
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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, walk around Olympic Sculpture Park, and meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Seattle online vacation planner.

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Seattle. In September, Seattle is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Mount Rainier National Park

— 1 night
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, and then get outside with Reflection Lakes.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park travel route builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mount Rainier National Park when traveling from Seattle in September, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
On the 27th (Sun), delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park and then take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park visit site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park. In September, daytime highs in Olympic National Park are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tacoma.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Tacoma

— 2 nights
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 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Washington State History Museum, then explore the world behind art at Tacoma Art Museum, then meet the residents at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and finally head outdoors with Gig Harbor Fly Shop.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tacoma journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to Tacoma. September in Tacoma sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tacoma

Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Galleries · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.