9 days in Seattle & Olympic National Park Itinerary

9 days in Seattle & Olympic National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Seattle & Olympic National Park Itinerary

Start: Detroit
fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
bus + ferry:  1​h 30​min
3
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bloedel Reserve and LeMay - America's Car Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Snoqualmie Falls and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Change things up with a short trip to Museum of Glass in Tacoma (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel, take a stroll through West Seattle Junction, and make a trip to Seattle Center.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Seattle journey builder .

Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in July: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 78°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Tacoma, Bloedel Reserve, Snoqualmie Falls
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LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Bloedel Reserve ©
Bloedel Reserve

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Quinault Big Spruce Tree. Step off the beaten path and head to Olympic National Park and Hoh River. When in Olympic National Park, make a side trip to see Lake Quinault in Quinault, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: trek along Ozette Loop Hike.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Olympic National Park itinerary website .

You can fly from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in July: high temperatures in Olympic National Park hover around 69°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Quinault
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Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Ozette Loop Hike ©
Ozette Loop Hike

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Arboretum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Point Defiance Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and then engage your brain at Pacific Science Center.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip maker .

Fly from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Olympic National Park in August; daily highs in Seattle reach 79°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards, Point Defiance Park
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Science Center ©
Pacific Science Center
Washington Park Arboretum ©
Washington Park Arboretum
Museum of History & Industry ©
Museum of History & Industry

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