12 days in United States & British Columbia Itinerary

12 days in United States & British Columbia Itinerary

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12 days in United States & British Columbia Itinerary

Irvine, United States
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Seattle, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
Snoqualmie, United States
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Friday Harbor, United States
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
Orcas Island, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
Victoria, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​min
Vancouver, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Irvine, United States

2
days
Seattle, United States

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, work some fitness into your day at Discovery Park, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally don't miss a visit to Space Needle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and then take a stroll through Pioneer Square.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Seattle online route planner

Los Angeles to Seattle is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in Seattle at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Snoqualmie.

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

1
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Snoqualmie, United States

Snoqualmie
Snoqualmie is a city next to Snoqualmie Falls in King County, Washington. On the 11th (Fri), get your game on at DirtFish Rally School and then examine the collection at Northwest Railway Museum.

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Traveling by car from Seattle to Snoqualmie takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Snoqualmie are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

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DirtFish Rally School
DirtFish Rally School
Northwest Railway Museum
Northwest Railway Museum

2
days
Friday Harbor, United States

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.
On the 12th (Sat), examine the collection at The Whale Museum and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Kiln Point State Park, and then don't miss a visit to English Camp.

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Traveling by flight from Seattle to Friday Harbor takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Seattle in May, expect Friday Harbor to be a bit cooler, temps between 61°F and 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Orcas Island.

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
The Whale Museum
The Whale Museum

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Orcas Island, United States

Orcas Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Orcas Island Pottery, then relax in the rural setting at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, and then admire the majestic nature at Moran State Park.

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Ride a ferry from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Orcas Island are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Victoria.

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Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm
Orcas Island Pottery
Orcas Island Pottery

2
days
Victoria, Canada

Victoria ©
Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Craigdarroch Castle and then take in the waterfront at Inner Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Beacon Hill Park, then admire the natural beauty at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Orcas Island to Victoria. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Vancouver.

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Inner Harbour ©
Inner Harbour
Craigdarroch Castle
Craigdarroch Castle
Royal BC Museum
Royal BC Museum

2
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Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Brockton Point Lighthouse, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Park, then admire the striking features of Bloedel Conservatory, and finally wander the streets of Granville Island.

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Traveling by combination of from Victoria to Vancouver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, daily temperatures in Vancouver can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Lighthouse Park ©
Lighthouse Park
Yaletown ©
Yaletown

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