8 days in Washington State Itinerary

8 days in Washington State Itinerary

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8 days in Washington State Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sacramento

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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, kick back and relax at Alki Beach, and get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle travel site .

Sacramento to Seattle is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sacramento in August, expect nights in Seattle to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are little chillier, around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

1
night
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stop by Serendipity the used book place, see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Friday Harbor takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in August: high temperatures in Friday Harbor hover around 74°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum
Serendipity the used book place ©
Serendipity the used book place

1
night
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, trek along Trail of the Shadows, and then trek along Skyline Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mount Rainier National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Mount Rainier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Friday Harbor, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mount Rainier National Park, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier

3
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.
Olympic National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, beaches, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge, take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, hike along Second Beach Trail, and kick back and relax at Ruby Beach.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Olympic National Park holiday maker site .

You can fly from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in August: highs in Olympic National Park hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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