16 days in Washington State Itinerary

16 days in Washington State Itinerary

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16 days in Washington State Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Seattle
— 8 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Olympic National Park
— 7 nights
Fly + tram + Fly:  8​h 30​min
Chicago

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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.
Dedicate the 26th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seattle trip planner .

Chicago to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 47°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

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Bellevue Botanical Garden
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Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Aquarium
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
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Pike Place Market

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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.
When in Olympic National Park, make a side trip to see Quinault Big Spruce Tree in Quinault, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Hurricane Ridge, delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, kick back and relax at Rialto Beach, and trek along Sol Duc Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip planner.

Getting from Seattle to Olympic National Park by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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