12 days in Washington State Itinerary

12 days in Washington State Itinerary

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12 days in Washington State Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
4
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
End: Kansas City

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): trek along Skyline Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ashford Creek Pottery and then get impressive views of Mount St. Helens.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park travel itinerary planner .

Kansas City to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kansas City to Mount Rainier National Park due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for Seattle on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount St. Helens, Ashford Creek Pottery
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Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Ashford Creek Pottery ©
Ashford Creek Pottery

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alki Beach and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Bainbridge Island to see Bloedel Reserve about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, stop by Seattle Mystery Bookshop, and make a trip to Pioneer Square.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Seattle online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

#Shopping, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bloedel Reserve
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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.
Visiting Ruby Beach and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center will get you outdoors. Take a break from Olympic National Park with a short trip to Quinault Big Spruce Tree in Quinault, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake, delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sol Duc Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Olympic National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Olympic National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seattle in May; daily highs in Olympic National Park reach 61°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vancouver.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Quinault Big Spruce Tree
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

2
nights
Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. On the 31st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, explore the striking landscape at Oneonta Gorge, and then pause for some photo ops at Vista House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vancouver trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and tram from Olympic National Park to Vancouver in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Olympic National Park in May, expect nights in Vancouver to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sokol Blosser Winery, Vista House, Multnomah Falls, Oneonta Gorge
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Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Oneonta Gorge ©
Oneonta Gorge
Sokol Blosser Winery ©
Sokol Blosser Winery

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