9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
4
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Chicago

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alki Beach, Pike Place Market and Chihuly Garden and Glass. On the 19th (Sat), stroll through Alki Beach, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seattle road trip tool .

Chicago to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Seattle is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Olympic National Park: Joyce Depot Museum (in Joyce), Feiro Marine Life Center (in Port Angeles) and Quinault Big Spruce Tree (in Quinault). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge, explore the activities along Crescent Lake, enjoy the sand and surf at Rialto Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park journey website .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Olympic National Park when traveling from Seattle in October, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Quinault Big Spruce Tree, Feiro Marine Life Center, Joyce Depot Museum
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Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Grove of the Patriarchs, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, and then stroll through Skyline Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Portland.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Narada Falls ©
Narada Falls

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip planner.

Traveling by train from Mount Rainier National Park to Portland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in October, with highs in Portland at 66°F and lows at 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Portland

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Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

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