8 days in Washington State Itinerary

8 days in Washington State Itinerary

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8 days in Washington State Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Richland
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + ferry:  6​h
3
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h
4
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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Richland

Richland ©
Richland is a city in Benton County in the southeastern part of the State of Washington, at the confluence of the Yakima and the Columbia Rivers. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Tucannon Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Hedges Family Estate, and then contemplate the long history of Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Richland online trip builder .

Minneapolis to Richland is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, expect nights in Richland to be slightly colder, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Richland

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Benton City
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Tucannon Cellars ©
Tucannon Cellars
Hedges Family Estate ©
Hedges Family Estate

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Ruby Beach and Olympic National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge, kick back and relax at Rialto Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, and explore the activities along Crescent Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Olympic National Park travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Richland to Olympic National Park. Traveling from Richland in July, you will find days in Olympic National Park are much colder (70°F), and nights are slightly colder (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): shop like a local with Island Studios, then see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Friday Harbor road trip planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor takes 6 hours. In July, daytime highs in Friday Harbor are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum
Island Studios ©
Island Studios

3
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.
Head to Pioneer Square and Chihuly Garden and Glassfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church and King Street Station. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, have some family-friendly fun at Seattle Pinball Museum, and examine the collection at The Museum of Flight.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle road trip planning tool .

Getting from Friday Harbor to Seattle by flight takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Friday Harbor in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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