9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Seattle
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Seattle
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
North Cascades National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Seattle

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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.
On the 4th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, head off the coast to Picnic Point Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Snoqualmie Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and finally kick back and relax at Alki Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Seattle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Picnic Point Park, Snoqualmie Falls
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Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): hike along Skyline Trail, then take in the natural beauty of Longmire Springs, and then stroll through Box Canyon Loop. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, then admire the sheer force of Comet Falls, and then don't miss a visit to Ashford Creek Pottery.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mount Rainier National Park travel planner.

Traveling by train from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Seattle in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mount Rainier National Park, with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to North Cascades National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ashford Creek Pottery
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Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls

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North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park ©
North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
Maple Pass Loop has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): trek along Maple Pass Loop, admire the majestic nature at Rockport State Park, then experience rural life at Cascadian Farm Organic, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Diablo Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the North Cascades National Park trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seattle to North Cascades National Park. Traveling from Seattle in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in North Cascades National Park, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in North Cascades National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
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North Cascades National Park ©
North Cascades National Park
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area ©

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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.
On the 10th (Wed), trek along Second Beach Trail and then cruise along Hurricane Ridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Merriman Falls, take a peaceful walk through Quinault Big Spruce Tree, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruby Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from North Cascades National Park to Olympic National Park. In October in Olympic National Park, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 44°F at night. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Quinault
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Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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