12 days in Washington State Itinerary

12 days in Washington State Itinerary

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12 days in Washington State Itinerary

Vancouver
Fly + foot + ferry:  3​h 15​min
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Olympia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Underwood
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
Vancouver

5
days
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 Rialto Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Quinault Big Spruce Tree in Quinault (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: cruise along Hurricane Ridge and take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Olympic National Park route maker website .

Vancouver, Canada to Olympic National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

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Quinault Big Spruce Tree
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alki Beach and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Pike Place Market, look for gifts at Made in Washington, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Seattle are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Olympia.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

1
day
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the State of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wolf Haven International and then stroll through Tolmie State Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Olympia sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Seattle to Olympia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Seattle in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Olympia, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympia

Wildlife Parks Beaches

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Wolf Haven International
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Tolmie State Park ©
Tolmie State Park
Wolf Haven International ©
Wolf Haven International

2
days
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): hike along Skyline Trail and then take in the dramatic scenery at Narada Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Olympia to Mount Rainier National Park takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Underwood.

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

1
day
Underwood

Underwood ©
Underwood is an unincorporated community in Skamania County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Underwood driving holiday planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Rainier National Park to Underwood. In December, daytime highs in Underwood are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Underwood

Wildlife Nature Parks

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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